Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Churros - Argentinean Doughnut like Treat


In Argentina on any given day you can be sitting in your home or walking the streets and suddenly you will hear a weird wailing followed by a kazoo type sound!  As it gets closer you hear the familiar cry of 'Churrrrrrrrrrrosssssssss'... usually a man with a bike rides through the streets or at festivals and events, sits at a special booth to sell one of the most delicious treats in Argentine cooking!  They are something akin to a doughnut treat in our culture... not something you want to be munching on all day - but as a great treat now and again or for a party it is a delicious addition.

Churros
















Ingredients

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of water
  • Lard for frying (great article on why Lard is so misunderstood as an ingredient don't be frightened to use in moderation for certain foods)
  • Sugar
In a bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.  Boil the water on the stove and just when it starts to boil throw in the mixture from the bowl.  For 10 minutes stir with a wooden spoon.  Take off the heat and keep stirring until the dough starts to cool down. 

Once cool enough to touch place the mixture in a piping bag (there are special churro machines you can buy if you really get a taste for them!) other wise a piping bag does the trick.  Use an end with a straight line pattern and make about 5 cm long.  Place straight into lard which has been on heat ready to fry.  Once golden brown remove and blot on paper to remove excess oil.

The classic Churro can also be dipped in chocolate (simply melt some chocolate or use Churros with a chocolate fondue set!) divine!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
Leticia

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