Cinnamon Sugar Churros


Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have spent the day wisely; cherishing and flattering your mothers in every conceivable way.
The only other possible way to make this day great would be to give her a bouquet. A bouquet of churros that is. And to be honest, these smell and taste much better than flowers anyways. So, I don't really know what you are waiting for.

Cinnamon Sugar Churros

1 cup                   water
2 1/2 tbsp            sugar
1/2 tsp                 salt
2 tbsp                  oil
1 cup                   a.p flour
1/2 litre               olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup                sugar
1 tsp                    cinnamon

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, 2 1/2 tbsp of sugar, salt and 2 tbsp of oil. Let is come to a boil and then take off the heat. Add the flour and mix with a spoon until it forms a ball. Transfer into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Set aside.
Pour the 1/2 litre of oil into a small saucepan (the oil should fill half of the pot). Using a candy thermometer, bring the oil to 360F or 180C. Next, pipe the batter into long strands, hovering over the oil. Use a knife to detach it from the piping bag and let it fall softly into the oil. Use a pair of tongs to turn the churros while cooking. Fry until golden brown (make sure they are cooked all the way through) and transfer them onto a paper towel to blot.
Mix the rest of the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and roll the blotted churros in the sugar.
These are best eaten the same day. Enjoy!

I've been wanting to make churros for a while now, and I'm glad I got around to trying them because they sure are delicious (when you actually cook them all the way through oops). I have never fried anything before so this was a new experience to me, and it was quite fun, even though the burner caught fire just a little bit... Something every Mom would love to hear! <3

Elanne Boake