Rosa took this shot of me in my apron (an Alcatraz apron my daughter gave me) at the beginning of our adventure.
This time it was a Spanish version of the Italian 'zeppole' called 'churros'. It is essentially fried dough sprinkled with sugar. To make these though, you need to end up with a soft dough that you then extrude from a piping bag into the hot oil. Unfortunately our initial dough was more of a batter despite following the recipe precisely. Once in the bag, it just dripped out rather than needing to be squeezed. I knew we had to thicken it, but Rosa said, "no let's try it first."
Reluctantly I indulged her, and after the batter dripped into the pot like .....well I'm not going to say what it looked like, we ended up with this:
It looks like burnt goose shit.
After we got this result I just looked at my Honey and said in a calm, droll tone, "I still can't figure out how you thought that would be a good idea?" For some reason my comment affected my Honey more than I expected and Rosa just started to laugh uncontrollably for quite a while before she was able to resume.
I thickened the remaining mixture with more flour (quite a bit more actually) and then we tried again. We worked together with me squeezing the bag and Rosa snipping the dough every few inches and letting the piece drop into the oil. As a result the next batch turned out OK, even though they didn't end up straight. But, it WAS our first time.
Rosa made 'cinnamon sugar' and we shook the churros in a paper bag to coat them. Here are the finished treats:
A little curvy. (Like my Honey)
Rosa told me how vendors in Peru would routinely sell these on the streets of Lima. So for her, this was a throwback to her past. For me it was a fun exercise, but even though I had a couple, I am not a 'sweet dessert' person. Still, they came out fine.
So, if you're home and bored? Try a new recipe! I can't imagine anyone not having the needed ingredients for churros already in their pantry.
Also.....it's April 1st, so lighten up these trying days with some levity. Just don't do something like telling someone you tested positive for Covid 19 and then when their eyes go wide say, "April Fools!" You might get your ass kicked.......and you'd deserve it!