My Churro Song
Rushing to that corner shop
Giggling all the way
Pushing open the glass door
Breathing in the air
Wafting smells of coffee and churros
I remember till this day.
Scrambling to catch the corner seats
While some friends bring the tray.
Chatting over steaming cups
Was how we met every Friday.
Swirling slender fritters in chocolate
Catching up on the week gone by
Gathered sweet memories which
I remember till this day.
Till one fine day we couldn’t meet
As everyone went her way.
Aromas and flavours from those days
Linger till today
If you are reading this my dear friends
I will make for you some churros.
Let’s catch up on the years gone by
Let’s meet up once again
Relive all those fun filled moments
and tastes of yesterday.
-written by firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friends and readers,As you all know I am not a poet so please excuse my attempt at poetry. It’s just that I made some yummy churros and they turned out so well that my heart broke out into this song 🙂
Actually certain aromas and flavors trigger memories of wonderful days gone by. They instantly take you down memory lane. Scrumptious, hot,cinnamony, sweet churros are one such food. I am sure every one of you has their own churro memory from childhood. Though the origin of churros is unclear, they are believed to be from Spain. They are usually fried either straight or curled, dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with hot chocolate sauce. I learnt that there is a difference between churros made in Spain and those in Mexico. Spanish ones are vegan and have olive oil in them whereas the Mexican churros are made with egg and butter and are sweeter.
The dough is very easy to make. After it is made it is transferred into a churrera, a syringe with a star-shaped nozzle. We can use a pastry/icing bag with a star shaped nozzle. I fried half of them and baked the rest. Both tasted very good. I found the baked ones a little crunchier. You can try both and decide which ones you like better.
Recipe: Mexican Churros-fried and baked
Making the dough: In a saucepot put 1 cup water, 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup butter, 1 tsp. vanilla and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup sifted flour and keep stirring till the dough comes together. It should take about a minute. Make sure it is lump free. Take off heat and add 3 eggs one by one, whisking all the while.
Piping and frying: Spoon in the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe in about 6-inch strips of dough into medium hot oil and fry till golden brown.(Note: Use a thicker pastry bag as the plastic one can split open while piping)
Sugar dusting:Combine 1 cup sugar with 2 tsps. ground cinnamon.Toss in the hot churros, tossing to coat. Serve with chocolate sauce.
After Step 1, pipe long strips of dough on a baking tray lined with greased baking paper. Spray churros lightly with cooking oil.Bake in the oven 200C (392 degrees Fahrenheit) until they look crisp and golden. It should take about 10-12 minutes.
Hot chocolate sauce:Melt 3 1/2 ounces chopped chocolate in a micro wave.Warm 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan. (Do not let it boil.) Pour the heavy cream over the melted chocolate. Stir to combine. Serve hot or warm.
So dip these light,airy,crunchy,sweet snacks in hot chocolate sauce and enjoy with friends. I will see if I can get hold of some of my school friends. Anyways I am taking these yummy delicate churros to share with my Fiesta friday friends. I hope Angie keeps a work station for me so that I can serve them hot.Joining her are two amazing co-hosts – Juju @ cookingwithauntjuju and Indira @ I’ll Cook, You Wash