Wednesday, 9 June 2010

A twist (literally) on the Spanish Churros

Two posts in two days, I myself am surprised. Thanks to all who wrote in suggesting things to make with mango pulp. Have noted a few:)
Churros, I am not sure if you are familiar with it, is a Spanish/ Mexican dessert which resembles a doughnut with regard to taste. I actually have eaten it only at Mexican joints, but Wikipedia says it originated in Spain. Whatever it is, I love this unhealthy, oily piece of goodness. I first tasted it at the lovely Greenwich market filled with caramel and rolled in sugar and even though I could feel my waist expanding, I loved every bit of it. Even the caramel averse Ro couldn't stop at one bite. I have made it a point to try it at all the Mexican restaurants, but none has come to the Greenwich market standard. 
Now, they are supposed to be piped out..and should be a thick straight or slightly curled doughnut and dunked in melted chocolate. But the star icing nozzle I had was not too big and it churned out feather light churros which were breaking off, and so I decided to make small discs instead....cheeky huh? yeah you can call that 'no patience' also ;)

Full fat milk- 150 ml
Water- 150 ml
Sugar- 3 tbsp (optional)
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Plain flour- 100 gms
Eggs- 2

Oil- for deep frying

For dusting:
Caster Sugar- 25 gms
Powdered Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp or more as per your taste

Bring the milk and water to a boil in a sauce pan. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix well.
Take it off the fire and immediately add the flour and mix vigorously with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth. Keep aside to cool.
Get the oil for deep frying ready at this point. It takes some time.
Add the eggs one after the other, beat well to form a nice fluffy mix, but not too stiff. It should fall off the spoon without much effort.
Scoop the mix into a piping bag with a star nozzle and wait for the oil to be super hot.
Hold the piping bag over the oil (be careful here) and squeeze out long thick strips of dough into the oil or twirl it around like how I chose to do...making small spiral discs.
Fry both sides for about 5 minutes, turning continuously and then drain it on kitchen towels. It should be crispy.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and just before serving, dust the churros with the mix.
If you want to dunk it in chocolate...make a ganache with dark chocolate and cream and serve along.
Notes: I added some sugar into the main mix because I loved it sweet. This is purely optional especially if you are eating it with melted chocolate.
You can also use about 20 gms of butter instead of milk (says Gordon Ramsey)

32 comments:

Umm Mymoonah said...

It looked like koeksisters but it's not, looks very good, must be very hot piping directly into the oil.Aw! I miss Gordan Ramsay's Show and all Uk TV show.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

wow..they looks amazing!! great pics too...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, that is one lovely twist and I love the color and look of the final outcome. I love churros anytime I go out and it is light cold outside :)

Nitha said...

love the cripsy churros..

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Stumbled upon your blog by accident and I'm glad because it's awesome! I heart churros :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wat a twist! luks gr8...

PJ said...

oh my, so tempting! at san diego, we used to get them in a place wrapped in a paper.. yumm.. lovely click too.

Kairali sisters said...

Never tasted them, but have heard a lot..Churros looks very tempting..Lovely pics..

Love
Kairali sisters

Ananda Rajashekar said...

oh girl! concentration problem at work, thanks to your pic :) Have had these goodies long time ago, they so good to stop with one, thanks for the recipe, +1 in my to do list...

Priya said...

Omg, wat a beautiful churros, feel like grabbing some..looks super delicious..

Pointblank said...

Di, u should put up a warning on ur blog which says something like " injurious to health"... Seriously di.. ur blog makes me hungryyy... and the climate is so chilly, lazy and appetite-inducing!!!

the blogger formerly known as sansmerci said...

i was so waiting for this recipe nish! n happy to know its not baked :D (m still apprehensive bout that) m sure gonna try this one soon

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow this looks pretty cute churros..never tasted this before..will try this,lovely clicks:)

vineetha said...

Wow wow..It looks so lovely. I am craving for them now eventhough I have never tasted this.
Mango lassi is my fav too..In btw from where did u buy the mango pulp..I looked for it in few supermarkets last week and couldnt find it.Pls help :)

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! Lovely, tempting churros..Am drooling over your pics..

Anonymous said...

nisha...i love churros..i need to try these :)pam

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey thr...here after a long time..forgot to tag u on my last visit..but the mistake is improvised :)
Absolutely love churros..here we get chocolate stuffed ones too...hw good is tat.
Ur recipe looks good n those pics r simply awesome.
Btw me too a fan of Mr.Ramsay...
Chetana
www.myrecipegalore.blogspot.com

Sushma Mallya said...

wow this is very beautiful and done it to perfection...too good and i feel like having some now..

divya said...

wow..they looks amazing!! great pics too...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Splendid Churros!Love anything that has cinnamon in it.

Yes dear, you are right! It is one of those promos for an upcoming giveaway.

Have a nice weekend!

steph said...

those look great! I love churros.

Aidinha...The Cosmic Girl said...

they look great my mum used to make us something like that but sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on the top. Funny you say that about where do the churros come from because if you had the ones from Greenwhich market they are actually Brazilians!!! I do think our recipe is very similar to the Spanish one only we use doce de leite inside...

Anonymous said...

What kind of oil do you use for frying?

Fran said...

Oh my, these look delicious! I'd like to make them tomorrow, but I have no oil for frying! Darn. I'm putting this on my "must make" list right now!

The color is wonderful and I love that they're bite-sized.

An Open Book said...

@ Anon...i use normal flavourless veg/ sunflower oil.

Mansi said...

That is one lovely twist, indeed! isn't fried food the best:)

do send it in for the Magic Bullet recipe contest/giveaway hosted on my blog:)Your recipe could win you a Free Magic Bullet To Go!

Happy Cook said...

They absloutley looks so so good, wish i could grab few from my screen.

Turmericnspice said...

looks lovely...awesome clicks...wld love to grab one...

Suhaina said...

wow looks good. We saw this in discovery channel few days back and my son was insisting to make that for him. It tasted heaven...I made the chocolate sauce for dipping too. But I see that after it becomes cold(after 30minutes) it becomes soggy. So I did not post the recipe in my blog. Does this happen always..?? Other than that, straight from the frying pan its toooo good dipped in the warm sauce..

The Housewife said...

These are so cute.. and perfectly sized! They're great for entertaining instead of the traditional churro shape… and yup.. they would be great with a luscious chocolate sauce!

The Asymptotic Faery said...

These look insanely delicious. I wish I had a plate of them right now to munch on.

I definitely need to try out this recipe!

The Asymptotic Faery said...

I forgot to ask:

I am in the U.S. so I was wondering what the recipe would be in cups rather than grams for the measurements of the flour and powdered sugar?

My Pyrex measuring cups will show me what I need in cups for ml, so those measurements should be no problem to convert.

These would definitely be delicious with a caramel dipping sauce, especially a salted caramel sauce.