There are still an abundance of delicious food and treats in the house, and we all know that you have to finish up all of these before you can get started on your New Year January Health Kick. So, why not go out in style with a delicious blow out? These Churros are easier to make than you might think, and are the perfect final fling with a sugar high before the detox and healthy regime begins!
A churro dunked in thick hot chocolate is one of my all time favourite treats. Perfect churros come with practice. The exterior should be crisp and the inside chewy but light with air pockets. If you do not have a thermometer, make up 200 ml water with cold water and 50 ml boiling water.
Grab your ingredients…
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
200 g strong white flour
1⁄4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
260 ml water at around 70°C (160°F)
400 ml sunflower, for frying
For the dipping sauce
100 g dark (70%) chocolate, chopped
120 ml double cream
A piping bag
Makes 30 approx.
Whisk the salt, flour and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Add the water and whisk quite vigorously so that there are no lumps.
Leave to sit in the bowl while you prepare the oil.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan and bring to 180°C (350°F).
Spoon the dough into a piping bag (use a star nozzle if you want ridges). Twist the piping bag and hold with one hand. Gently squeeze out the dough to a 5-cm piece and snip with scissors into the oil, frying in small batches.
Fry for a couple of minutes and then turn over with tongs and cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep the churros in a warm oven.
There is no strict shape for churros. Snipping them into the hot oil in lines is the easiest way to get started. Once you get the hang of it, you can try piping them into other shapes, such as the horseshoes shown.
For the dipping sauce, place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring the double cream to a simmer in a saucepan, then pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute, then stir to combine. Serve the churros immediately, accompanied by the dipping sauce.
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