CHURROS WITH CINNAMON SUGAR AND CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

FOR CHURROS
100g unsalted butter, diced
175g plain flour (sieved)
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs, beaten
pinch of sea salt
200ml full fat milk

FOR GUITTARD CHOCOLATE SAUCE
150g Guittard L’Harmonie 64% Chocolate
150ml single cream
25g unsalted butter, softened
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod split (keep seeds)
1/2 chilli not chopped
zest of 1 orange

FOR CINNAMON SUGAR
100g caster sugar
flaked chilli to taste
2tsp ground cinnamon

OTHER
1lt vegetable oild for frying
piping bag with a star nozzle

Directions

CHURROS
Put the diced butter into a pan, add 200ml of cold milk and a pinch of sea
salt. Put the pan on the stove and bring to a boil. Sieve the flour and baking
powder together in a bowl. As soon as the milk boils, take it off the heat and
quickly stir in the sifted flour and baking powder. Beat the mix with a wooden
spoon until smooth and it comes away from the sides of the pan. Tip the
mixture into a bowl and cool for a couple of minutes. Then gradually add the
beaten eggs one at a time, beating well until the mixture is a smooth, glossy
batter that drops slowly from the spoon. Cover the bowl with a clean tea
towel and rest the batter for 30 minutes.


GUITTARD CHOCOLATE SAUCE
Chop the dark chocolate and put into a bowl. Put cream into a small pan, add
the cinnamon stick, chilli, butter and vanilla seeds in cream, and bring to a
simmer. Remove from heat and sieve then pour over the chopped chocolate
stir until smooth.

CINNAMON CHILLI SUGAR
Combine the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar.

Set up a deep-fat fryer or fill a large pan one third full with oil. Heat to
180˚C. Fit a large piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle and fill with batter.
Once the oil is at temperture you can start to cook the churros. Pipe 2 or 3
finger-length strips of batter directly into the pan cutting off each strip with a
pair of scissors. Don’t try to cook too many at once or the oil will start to cool
down. Cook the churros for about 45 seconds to one minute on each side
until golden and crisp. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon, drain
on kitchen paper and sprinkle liberally with the cinnamon sugar. Serve with
the chocolate sauce drizzled or as a dip.