Churros con Chocolate

I have a love-hate relationship with amusement parks. I hate nauseating rides. What I dislike even more than vomit-inducing rides is that you have to queue for a ridiculously long time. The queues aren’t even human-friendly. What if you needed to go to the loo? You don’t really know how long you’re going to queue for, and you definitely don’t want to go on a roller-coaster ride if you’re going to be doubting your bowels. You can ask your friend to save you your place but you’re going to have to battle your way out of the narrow and winding queue. Forget about battling your way back in. Noone’s gonna buy your story. Especially not me.

After a long day of roller-coaters and vomit you tend to get hungry at some point. Ravenously hungry. So my friends decided to get some munch at Churreria. “What’s Churreria?”, I ask. “It’s where you get Churros”, friend A replies. Oh yes, of course. That explains it. Not. Why am I meant to know what churros are? Let alone that churros are found at a Churreria!?

“You’re not still a vegetarian are you?”, friend B asks with obvious concern.
Me: “Not really no…I eat seafood”
Friend C: “The beef ones are the best…but perhaps you could ask them to make them with prawns.”

We got to Churreria in Bayswater. My trusty mates ordered 4 plates of churros with chocolate straight away. Beef and chocolate? Umm…sounds pretty foul. But are prawns going to be any better? Not my place to argue but I had to let the waitress know of my special requirements.

“Sorry, could you make one of those with prawns instead of the beef please?, in my most apologetic, saccharine-sweet, pleading voice.

After baffling the waitress for five minutes, whilst friends A to D howled their heads off, it turned out that she couldn’t make me prawn churros. As upsetting as that was, it was nowhere near as annoying as when these “beef” churros turned up. Golden, crispy, doughy strips accompanied with steaming cups of hot chocolate. I’d watched my mates wolf them down, dipping them into the chocolate, thinking “Gross!”. They’d stopped at the last one and said, “Hey Shmii, do you not even wanna try one?”. Not if I really have to. But alright, perhaps the beef’s gonna be masked by the hot chocolate. Carefully biting into a churro dipped in chocolate I was bracing myself for the massacre that was going to occur in my mouth. And WOWZA! It didn’t taste of beef at all! In fact…it didn’t seem like there was any meat in it whatsoever. It was a light, crispy on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside, sweet doughnut with cinnamon that was happily married to the chocolate in my mouth.

PS: Stats boys – Freshmi’s not that fresh anymore

Churros Recipe

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
300ml Vegetable oil

1) Bring water, butter and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the flour. Stir vigorously for about a minute over low heat until mixture comes together. Make sure there are no lumps of flour. Take off the heat.
2) Beat eggs all at once then and add to saucepan while stirring mixture.
3) Put dough in a piping bag with a big star nozzle.
5) Heat oil in a pan to medium heat. Squeeze strips of dough into oil and fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
6) Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the churros.

Dipping Chocolate Recipe

200g dark chocolate, broken up
1 cup milk
1.5 tsp corn flour
2 tbsp sugar

1) Melt the chocolate with half the milk in a saucepan, stirring continuously.
2) Dissolve the cornstarch and sugar in the remaining milk and whisk into the chocolate over low heat for 5 minutes, until smooth and thickened.
3) Serve warm in cups with churros on the side.

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