I know, I know I am failing... I promised to avoid the 'sugary' theme and here I am making churros ... but my eldest is very keen to give you this recipe so here it is.
Churros are normally eaten with hot chocolate (see recipe in previous post).
This is actually a very dangerous recipe because once you try a churro you will want to keep eating them.
1 cup of water
1 cup of plain flour
a pinch of salt
oil ( preferably sunflower, but olive oil will also do)
You also need a churrera, which is like a hard plastic pipping device. This is ideal because the dough is very stiff. You can buy one at 'Saborear' (http://saborear.co.uk/churrera_churro_pump/479/) for £5.65. Alternatively you can do it with a normal pipping bag though the churros will not look so nice.
The quantities above are enough for 4 people though I can easily eat all these churros on my own.
Heat the water until it is boiling.
Pour the water over the flour and salt and mix.
Put the dough into the churrera.
Heat the oil until it is very hot. Press the churrera or pipping bag over the oil (with care) in order to fry the dough. As soon as the dough touches the oil cut it with scissors into sticks of around 15 cms or so (see the picture).
When they are golden turn the churros around. After they are golden on both sides take them out of the pan and put them on kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil. Sprinkle some caster sugar over them.
The kids helped me to prepare the dough though you need to supervise them as the water is very hot. They put the dough into the churrera and sprinkled the sugar over the churros. They also ate them all!