Fried pastry dipped in hot chocolate will be a very sinful indulgence, no matter which way you put it, no matter what the excuse. Indeed, it is something to be partaken with caution and in very miniscule amounts if it can be helped.
This churros recipe is sweet enough and just right when dipped in the hot chocolate but of course can still be dusted with sugar or cinnamon if so inclined. The chocolate is actually hot cocoa, not the usual thick dark goo that is more of a dipping sauce. This is how hot cocoa is usually served in my family: with a dash of peanut butter. The taste is not obvious but it gives the drink a sense of richness. All in all, a must have when feeling low and wanting some comfort in edible form. This recipe makes four restrained servings.
1 c. water
2 tbsps. oil
1 c. flour
2 tbsps. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Cooking oil for frying
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the oil and take off the heat.
Pour all of the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. It is ready when a medium stiff dough is formed and separates from the sides of the pan.
Prepare a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle.
Heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok. The oil should be deep enough for the churros to float in.
Cool the dough for a few minutes, then spoon into the piping bag. Pipe about 4" lengths of dough into the oil. Use a pair of scissors to cut the pieces of pastry off the piping nozzle. Fry on medium heat until golden.
Drain on paper towels. You may sprinkle sugar (confectioner's or caster) while warm. You can also add cinnamon to the sugar.
Ingredients for the hot chocolate:
1/4 c. good quality cocoa
2 tbsps. smooth peanut butter
4 c. boiling water
3/4 c. condensed milk
1 tbsp. brown sugar
In a big saucepan, measure the peanut butter and the cocoa. Add boiling water a few drops at a time while whisking until you achieve a smooth paste. Add the rest of the ingredients. Put the pan on low heat until nearly boiling. Do not let it boil over. It is then ready to serve with the churros.
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