Who doesn’t love Spanish Churros with a chocolate dipping sauce? People that haven’t tried it. Who doesn’t like Amarula Nut Churros with a BarOne-and-Amarula dipping sauce? Well, the same. People who haven’t tried it.
This recipe sounds more complex than it is and contrary to some of the photos in the blog, you don’t need fancy equipment (although it does make life easier); without the equipment, you get to burn some calories – yay, exercise that’s worth it.
1 Cup of Amarula
¼ Cup of Unsalted Butter
2 Tsps. of Sugar
2/3 Cups of All Purpose Flour
2 Large Free Range Eggs
Oil for Frying
CHURRO YUMMY COAT
½ Cup of Sugar
1 Tbsp. of Ground Cinnamon
Ground Peanuts (Optional)
Sprinkles and Edible Glitter (Very Optional)
BARONE – AMARULA SAUCE
3-4 x 55g BarOnes
½ Cup of Amarula* (More If Too Thick) *Can Substitute with Cream
1/2 Tsp. of Vanilla Essence
Ground Peanuts (Optional)
Edible Gold Glitter and Rainbow Sprinkles (Very Optional)
HOW TO MAKE:
#1 Get out a large ugly pot (the uglier pots always seem to work best); pour in your Amarula, butter, sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.
#2 Once the mixture has boiled add the flour. Stir until the dough is mixed-through and starts balling up.
#3 Remove and place the dough in a mixing bowl either of a stand mixer or in a normal bowl if you will be mixing it the old-fashioned way (with your “guns”).
#4 On a low speed mix the dough until all the steam stops escaping from the mix.
#5 Only once the steam has stopped, add the eggs and mix slightly faster. Mix until the eggs are well-combined with the dough. Set aside the mix for now.
#6 Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a tray ready for dipping the churros.
#7 Chop the BarOnes, get the Amarula and vanilla essence ready for the sauce (to meltdown once the churros are done).
#8 Pour the oil in a pot, or your deep-fryer and heat. The ideal temperature is 180˚ C (use a sugar thermometer) or take a piece of dough and throw it in the oil. Once this piece browns the oil is ready. Just be careful if you are using a pot not to overheat the oil.
#9 While the oil heats, scoop the churro dough in a piping/icing bag. Many of the tips are too small to make sizable churros. So, use your discretion (either use the small tip or remove the tips completely – like I did).
#10 Squeeze the desired amount of mix out of the piping bag and cut the churro dough with scissors (before it splits) and allow it to gently plop into the oil.
#11 Fry until golden brown and then pop it in the sugar-cinnamon bath and cover with the mix. Place it on the plate and add crushed peanuts if you so wish. Repeat the process.
Sparkle Notes: 1) Don’t pipe too many churros in the oil at once or it will be hard to control which ones are done; 2) If the churros are brown on the outside but gooey in the inside the oil is too hot. 3) Don’t try to multi-task at this stage. I did and buggered up my sauce but fixed it again – yay (but still don’t get all sparkle cowboy like me).
#12 Once all the churro mix is done, fried and covered with a cinnamon-sugar coating, it’s sauce time. Throw in the BarOne pieces, with the vanilla essence and the Amarula in a medium saucepan and meltdown over a medium heat (stir continuously). Alcohol seizes chocolate – so if this happens just keep heating the sauce until it is smooth but still thick-ish (you can adjust with the Amarula).
#13 If you are happy with the consistency, scoop into sauce bowls. If you like, pour crushed peanuts-and-sprinkles in one sauce bowl and add edible glitter for a bit of glamour, in the other.
#14 Dress the churros in nuts, sprinkles and glitter, take a quick photo and enjoy immediately.
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My food dream started small. Well, let’s be honest nonexistent. I had self-esteem lower than a celery has calories. Then, let’s call it the “enlightenment period” came at the age of 25, and after an eat-pray-love journey (in Pretoria) happened, my love for whimsical food and experimenting started gaining momentum (and is still sparkling on! Well, at least according to me and my sparkle belly). Thank you for reading this blog, supporting a South African and thus making my sparkle dreams come true.
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