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.