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Monday, January 31, 2011

Churros by My Son

As I write this, I am listening to my son, The Musician play the cello. He has had it for 4 days. He is playing Bach. Yup, Bach. He has been playing the violin for four years and thought he'd like to take up another string instrument. The cello is a different clef and a different arm/hand position, but that hasn't stopped him. Sometimes I am amazed at how much talent that boys has.  He can pick up anything and play it.

He also likes to think of himself as an accomplished cook, but I think of him more as a cook in training. Things don't always turn out exactly like recipes suggest.  Last week, he came home with a Spanish assignment 50/50...a report on churros with an accompanying recipe. He asked pretty please if he could make them. I figured if I stood right there and supervised everything, it would be okay. And it was. He did a fabulous job and the churros were pronounced "as good as Costco's," which in my kids' estimation is pretty darn good.
Churros are really easy.  From start to finish took no longer than 30 minutes.  The dough is piped through a large star tip into hot oil, then the lovelies are rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  

Churros (from my son's Spanish paper)
1 cup water
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup flour
1 quart oil for frying
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Mix the cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar in a shallow plate and set aside.  Put the oil in a deep fryer or skillet and heat to 375 degrees.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar, salt and 2 Tbsp oil.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.  Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag with a large star tip.  Fry until golden.  Drain on paper towels.  Roll in cinnamon and sugar while still warm.


38 comments:

Sue said...

Woo Hoo for your son, on his cello and his churros!:) I made them once and they were really good! His look perfect! I wish I would have stuck with the violin when I was young! Good for him!

Tina said...

Looks like he did a great job!

Belinda said...

This kid has more talent his left pinky than I ever have - no joke!! =)

Drick said...

churros are one of my favorite treats when visiting Mexico, I always look for sidewalk vendors and wait for them to come out of the hot oil before the sugar toss, yumm... your son's look so much better than the ones I have attempted to make, maybe my tip was wrong but nothing like these... glad he is so accomplished and hope he continues to love the gift he has been blessed with...

ping said...

A very talented boy you have! Bach is my fav classical composer btw. Very intricate but beautiful. Great job on the churros!

Sandra said...

Oh my..those looks so good and delicious! You must be so proud?
He did fantastic job!!

Kim Kelly said...

Cello, violin AND churros?? He's brilliant! My daughter is standing here asking when we are going to make them! Looks like it will be soon. Nicely done, SeƱor!

danasfoodforthought said...

Yummy... churros are a guilty pleasure of mine. How can you not love something fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar??

Monet said...

What a talented son you have! I love the cello and the violin, and I wish I had learned to play them when I was younger. These churros look delicious! I love ordering these at Mexican restaurants, and I need to try making them at home. Thank you for sharing!

Katerina said...

So not only is he a musician but also a cook. He did an excellent job. They look yummy!

alessandra said...

Wow, they look so yummy! I never tried them, must do.

Raw_Girl said...

I'd heard of churros and hot chocolate, but never tried it. Yours looks great - and doesnt even have egg!

egbkid said...

I've never tried churros, but they look delicious!! I must try them now, thanks for sharing!!

Joanne said...

Whoa that is seriously impressive. He must have a real knack for music! And these churros...does he want to come live at my place?

Michael Toa said...

Love churros but I haven't attempted to make them yet. I am well impressed with your son!

Mateja ^_^ said...

Wow, never thought that churros are so simple to make! Tumbs up for you son, God Bless :)

Tiffany said...

This post made me smile from the beginning to the end! The cello is my favorite string instrument and like your son, my brother can pick up pretty much any instrument and start jammin' :D And I love churros! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the story!

briarrose said...

Yum! He did a wonderful job. Such a talented young man. :)

thespicegarden said...

Wow! I'm totally impressed! Cello and churros ... Bach and baking. You must be proud! Perhaps he will want to become a regular guest post on the blog!

Diane said...

These look very tasty. I am going to copy this recipe to use at a later day.
Blessings
Diane

Diethood.com said...

Churros are delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe - I'd love to make these for the fam!

I played the violin for 5 years and I tried to play other string instruments thinking it would be the same, but no ... not even close. :)

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Churros? Yum! Did you make up a pot of hot chocolate as well? These look amazing.

happywhennothungry said...

Wow these look amazing! I've never tried making churros before, so will def have to try now!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious we enjoy churros as well
this looks good

Mary said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. WOW! So lovely. I am a huge fan of churros but have never made them myself. Now because of your tempting pictures I have to. Yumm!!

mywanderingspoon said...

Bravo...that is wonderful...my kids are big churro fans..lot's of sugar and spice:)

Debbie said...

I read the title of this blog and thought...i wish it said "Churros for Debbie"...I have never had Costco's but they look pretty darn good! In fact, I never knew how they got that star shape until now, thanks!

Jennifurla said...

I would love it if My Indy could play an instrument, what agreat talent. This recipe looks great too

Kirstin said...

Yum! My youngest and I made churros a few months ago and they were soooo yummy!!! I posted it on my blog as well.

Terra said...

One of my guilty pleasures is enjoying a delicious Churro. I lived in Tucson, and would enjoy them lots, ok not lots, but enough:) I now crave a homemade Churro, I am excited to try this recipe:) Thank you for sharing!
Take care,
Terra

Jacqueline said...

Yummy! WE haven't made these in forever! I even have a fun churro maker sent to me from Argentina when my son was on a mission there. I will have to get at that.

Scribblingzzz.. said...

Looks yummy...
will surely have a go on it...
My culinary trial room...

Green Girl said...

your son did a fantastic job, you sure are so proud. they look delicious.
thanks for sharing Kristin, have a wonderful day

Stephanie said...

Mmm...I love churros! I've never made them from scratch, but I always make sure to buy them when we make our Costco run! :-p Lookin' good!

Evan B said...

My little brother is the same way with the violin.. I'm so jealous of people who can just pick up an instrument and be amazing! Lucky for your son :) These churros sound deilcious, I have a recipe waiting in my book to make soon.. very soon!

Mother Rimmy said...

What a blessing to have such a talented son! I've never had churros before, though I've seen them often at the local fairs. I should give them at try.

Kristi

Magic of Spice said...

Your son did a wonderful job, these churros look perfect :)

FamilySpice said...

You have obviously taught your son everything he knows! Great job!

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