Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Typically sold warm by street vendors, Churros are fried strips of dough from Spain. Quick and easy to make, the dough is typically deep-fried, sprinkled with sugar or sometimes with cinnamon sugar. In my opinion, this is the perfect Churros recipe. Crispy and golden on the outside, but, the inside remains soft and fluffy throughout. My son quipped, “Once bitten, you will scream for more!” :-) How true! In any case, these Churros are simply scrumptious just on their own, don’t even need to dip them into any hot chocolate.
Recipe adapted from Traditional Spanish Cooking by Janet Mandel
250 ml (8 fl oz) Water
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Strip of Lemon Rind
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
200 g (7 oz) Plain Flour
Oil for deep-frying
Ground Cinnamon (optional)
Put the water in a pan with the oil, lemon rind and bring it to a boil.
Remove the lemon rind. Add salt to the flour, then add it to the pan all at once and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon, working it over a low heat for 1-2 minutes until it forms a ball. The mixture will be very stiff.
Put it in a piping bag. Heat the oil to 185˚C (365˚F) (when a piece of dough is dropped in it should brown in 60 seconds). Force out long strips or rings of the batter into the hot oil, a few at a time. Fry for a few minutes until golden brown, then remove from the oil and drain. Sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon, if desired.