I dreamed up my Pink Ribbon Churros last night,I was staring at all the beautiful recipes online, drooling over the thought of making them first thing in the morning. Morning came,it was a very cold morning, so standing around a hot pot of oil was more than pleasant ;)
they are really easy to make, and there are millions of recipes out there, I liked this one coz it uses eggs,somehow makes me feel good knowing there are eggs;D Weird, I know:)
Onto the serious part. I made these in the shape of the ribbon to mark the Breast HEALTH Awareness Month. I refuse to call it anything else but that, HEALTH awareness. I believe we should be aware of health and put effort into maintaining it, rather than going to see a doctor only when you get ill.
Therefore, even if ONE female reads this blog entry and decides to get an appointment to get checked out or does a self exam, I will be happy as a big pink elephant ;)
Onto churros, to make them you will need:
Churros with a cause !
1 cup = 250 ml container
1 cup of boiling water
100 grams of butter (just a bit snipped off 1 full stick)
zest of 1 orange or lemon
1 cup of flour
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 tsp of salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
vegetable oil (I used peanut oil ) - for frying
cinnamon and sugar - for dusting
Bring water to boil and melt butter in it. Add zest, sugar salt mix until melted and toss flour in , mix vigorously until you get a smooth thick dough. Whisk eggs lightly and slowly pour them into hot dough, continuing to mix like a mad housewife ;D
If you still have lumps in the dough, just run it through a sieve--my best friend in the war with lumps ;D
Once cooled, pack the dough into pastry bag or syringe fitted with a large star shaped tip.
Heat oil on medium heat, to check if it's ready toss a small cube of white bread in, if it turns light brown, it's ready, if soaks up the oil and floats lifeless it's not hot enough, if turns dark brown quick, it's too hot, take it off the heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes, you don't want your churros ugly brown color.
Fry churros for a minute each, they don't take long, once they are light brown, they are ready to come out. Toss on the paper towel to absorb excess oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Hot (or cold) chocolate dip:
1 cup of milk or 1/2 c cream +1/2 c cream if your naughty ;)
200 grams of dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
melt chocolate with milk either in a saucepan or a microwave, add vanilla essence and enjoy hot or cold;) I like it cold believe it or not ,when it's hot it's too overpowering for my taste buds;)
Eat churros right away dipping them into the chocolate, they are perfect when they are hot, they are just as good when cold ;)
Enjoy! and stay healthy!
p.s original recipe can be found here : http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2469/churros+con+chocolate