Ramblings of a mackem cook. I blog about food, my bakery and my TV/media work, with a side order of music and fashion from the 60's and the mod era. I can't spell, but I have impeccable manners, I feel this offsets my lack of grammatical correctness beautifully.
Monday, 4 April 2011
Hot chocolate and churros
Its freezing outside, indulge with this evening treat.
Perfect for weekend lazy days too!
110g plain chocolate, with at least 60% cocoa solids, broken up
400ml whole milk
FOR THE CHURROS:
Sunflower oil, for deep-frying
100g plain flour
150ml whole milk
2 medium eggs, beaten
50g Caster Sugar
1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
In a large, deep pan, heat the oil for deep frying the churros to 190°C or until a piece of bread takes 30 seconds to colour. Pop the oven on to warm.
Sift the flour. Bring the milk and 150ml water to the boil in a pan, add the flour and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cool slightly, then gradually beat in enough egg to make a smooth but stiff, glossy mixture that drops, reluctantly, off the spoon. Spoon into a piping bag with a large star nozzle. If you don't have a star nozzle just snip the end off a piping bag to make a hole around the size of a 10p piece.
Holding the nozzle over the hot oil, gently squeeze the piping bag and snip off 6-8 x 10cm lengths of the mixture with kitchen scissors. Fry for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden brown. Lift out with a slotted spoon onto a baking tray lined with kitchen paper. Pop in the oven to keep warm while you cook the rest.
Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and rest over a pan of just simmering water until completely melted. Meanwhile, bring the milk to the boil in a small pan. Remove the chocolate from the heat and whisk in a little of the hot milk. Add the rest and whisk until frothy. Pour into hot mugs.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon and toss with the churros gently until lightly coated. Serve for dipping into the hot chocolate while curled up on the sofa