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Zahara Cafe Madrid Reviews
Zahara Cafe - CHUROS Jul 31, 2008
We passed by "Zahara cafe" in the morning and decided to enter and taste "churos" - we were curious what is that 'cause we just heared about , so with juice or milk this is one "easy breakfast" for just 2 Eur ... I also found recipe and attend to make it by myself at home :o) But anyway, before you try to do that by yourself, first taste this in Spain :o)
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
olive oil for frying (traditional and essential!)
wooden spoon for mixing
“Manga churrera”, pastry bag or funnel
Place flour and salt in a large, deep mixing bowl.
Boil water and pour ALL AT ONCE onto the flour. Stir vigorously until well blended and the mixture comes away from the bowl. Takes about 5 minutes.
Fill your deep fryer or a deep skillet about half-full of olive oil and heat until aromatic, NOT smoking! Place the batter in a “manga churrera” (churro maker) or, if you’re good, a *cloth* pastry tube or funnel.
The “manga” is better because you can press it through gradually and have more control. A narrow mouthpiece is best because they come out crunchier and less bready than the fat ones.
Drop the batter vertically in a continuous stream, working around in a spiral from the center out, right over the hot oil. You can also make individual circlets. Fry until golden, turning once.
Drain on paper. Be careful! The oil can spatter!
The difference between Latin American and Spanish Churros is that authentic Spanish Churros are NOT dipped in sugar. They are eaten as is with coffee or thickened hot chocolate.
Traditionally, the chocolate is made by shaving bitter chocolate bars on a grater or with a knife, adding sugar and milk and flour and heating, stirring, till the desired thickness is reached. Be careful, it can stick and burn.
You may have to practice once or twice but it’s well worth acquiring the skill.
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