recently, i had come across two churros recipes that i thought we might try, and matt is always willing to try something new with me, so we thought we would save them for sunday (the 6th) since we would be tired on saturday (the 5th).
after looking through both recipes, we decided to go with nigella’s recipe, from nigella kitchen side note: we love her recipes, and i feel like she writes her recipes like she would talk. i like how casual she is, and have really enjoyed looking through some of her cookbooks at the library.
in a bowl, combine 2/3 C. flour, 1 t. baking powder, 1 T. olive oil, and 1 C. freshly boiled water. combine together until it forms a warm, sticky dough. let rest for 10 minutes or however long it takes for the oil to heat up.
in saucepan, heat enough oil so that the bottom 1/3 of the pan is covered.
in a shallow bowl, combine 1/4 C. sugar, and 2 t. cinnamon. this will make your cinnamon-sugar coating to go on the churros.
once the oil is ready, spoon the dough mixture into a pastry bag (we used a ziploc), and cut a hole in the corner. squeeze out 1 1/2-2inch pieces of dough into the oil, using scissors to cut into pieces. remove from the oil onto a plate lined with paper towels when the churros are golden brown. while still warm, coat churros with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
couple notes: this recipe comes with a chocolate sauce, but we didn’t have all the ingredients to make it. we used the other recipe i stumbled upon for the chocolate sauce, but it didn’t work AT ALL. i’m fearful that since we used milk-chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips that it was ruined. also, the ziploc busted on us, so at the end of making the churros, they were more like dough balls instead of the nice 1 1/2-2inch pieces that nigella wanted it to be. lastly, be careful around hot oil. we all know that i am a messy cook, and have a hard time managing multiple things in the kitchen. don’t burn yourself as i did.
with the chocolate sauce not working, and getting burned, the actual cooking experience was a little disappointing, but the finished product turned out really nicely, and i have to give matt all the credit…i would have thrown in the towel after the burn, but he kept us going and encouraged me to stay with it. we did pop them into the oven to finish cooking a bit…even though we pulled them out when they were more brown than golden, some of them weren’t quite done. it was a nice treat though, something different, and a way to pay homage to cinco de mayo.
matt & rachel