How excited were you when you’d see a Churro cart at a local fair or carnival? Better yet…ever been to Mexico? Nothing beats the real thing! Given dessert as my task for Kyle and Joel’s Cinco de Mayo Great 8 dinner, I knew right away what I “had” to bring! You guessed it! Churros (roll your r’s the way your Spanish teacher taught you!) Hot, crispy and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar! These are the best! Sometimes even served with a little cup of thick hot chocolate!
Oh my! YUM! (Sidenote…in Madrid, they actually have shops that ONLY make churros and chocolate!)
After savoring all of the flavors of Mexico at the Van Boom fiesta, no one would want anything rich or too heavy…so these would be perfect! This recipe makes the lightest and airiest churros I’ve ever had.
With such simple ingredients, I realized I didn’t even need to go to the market! I had everything right in my kitchen! Can’t get any easier than that, right? Oh shoot! Since I’m not an avid (and amazing) cake decorator like Anna, I don’t have those pastry bags needed here! Not to fret! Jurga taught me a clever trick when I was making the deviled eggs a while back! Snip one of the pointy corners of a plastic zip closure bag and press the tip of choice through the snipped hole. That Jurga…she’s always thinkin’!
Of course, you know me…I didn’t want it to be the typical Churro (roll those r’s!) shape…long, narrow and rod-like. I like to add a little fun and character to pretty much everything I make! I had so much fun seeing the swirly, curly whirly shapes drop and sizzle into the hot oil! Individual, no 2 alike, kinda like a snowflake!
Although 2 sticks of butter sounds like “oh my gosh, is this a misprint”? Nope! The 4 eggs and the 1 egg white make them light and airy, not weighted down as you might think. Then a quick fry and drain; that was way too easy and so much fun! The final touch…a little dusting of cinnamon sugar…crispy, happy goodness!
I’ve got a little bit of time and since presentation is key, hmmm….I think Kyle’s Heavenly Hot Chocolate in little espresso cups is in order!
No need to wait for the fair to come to town or catch a flight to Mexico, the traditional Churros can be made right in your own kitchen! Now remember…roll those r’s as you go!