Filed under: Dessert, Snacks | Tags: award, Churro, cinnamon sugar, orange
So, let me start off this Monday with a BIG thank you to Stephanie at Eat. Drink. Love. ! When I saw that she gave me the award, The Versitile Blogger, it totally made my day! I’ve been at this a short time, so needless to say, I was very happy! Along with the award, you must give seven facts about yourself, pass the award on to fifteen other deserving bloggers, and thank the person who gave you the award . Thanks again, Stephanie!
First things, first….My seven random facts:
1. When I was pregnant with both of my kids I was obsessed with crime/jail shows. I would stay up late and watch Lock Up: Raw or Dateline NBC. Oh, and don’t even get me started on Oz!
2. One of my favorite memories as a child is using my Grandmother’s fire-engine-red Kitchen Aid stand mixer. When my husband and I bought our first home the first thing I got was my own sage-green Kitchen Aid. I think no kitchen would feel like home without it.
3. I love Mexican food. Well maybe that’s not random, but I love it so much that when I knew my husband was really the one when he knew how I liked my Chipotle burritos (extra, extra rice; a little black beans; steak; extra, extra cheese; and hot salsa on the side. Oh and chips too.)
4. Growing up, I always wanted to live in another country. Now my family and I have been living almost 6,000 miles away from home. I didn’t know what to expect, but so far it’s been a great experience.
5. I HATE mayonaise! If you make something for me with mayo in it, don’t tell me because I won’t eat it. But chances are, you won’t be able to trick me, I can always taste it in foods.
6. I’m such a restaurant geek that every time I’m planning on going out to eat at a new restaurant, I’ll go online and look up the menu to try to decide what I’ll order. Yet, when I get to the restaurant, I still look at the menu and usually choose something different.
7. I first started a blog to keep family updated with pictures of the kids while we were away. Then I thought I’d start a second blog to organize recipes and remember what I’ve cooked. I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I have. Being away from friends and family can be rough, but I feel like sometimes this blog has kept me from going insane.
Whew! Now on to the seven blogs…
1. Postres de la Cipota. She makes some amazing desserts!
2. Bromography Great and funny posts about food and life.
3. T and Tea Cake. Check out the Mexican Chocolate Tart!
4. Just One Cookbook. Japanese recipes with great photography.
5. Curry and Comfort. So many great recipes with ingredients I’m not used to cooking with, but can’t wait to try!
6. That’s So Michelle. Crave worthy food. If someone can dress up a hot dog the way she does, just imagine how great the rest of her recipes are!
7. Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. Another mom blogger who has great family food!
8. Scarletta Bakes. Anyone who comes up with avocado and lime pop tarts is already a winner in my book.
9. Chef and Steward. Wonderful pictures, and bloggers in the same part of the world as me 🙂
10. Buttercream Blondi. She had me at disco dust.
11. Real Fun Food. She makes me want to take a trip to England!
12. Comowater. I’m as carnivorous as they come, but her vegetarian and vegan recipes are great!
13. The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen. Simple, delicious recipes.
14. Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Great recipes, gorgeous photos!
15. Fifteen Spatulas. Her Wordless Wednesdays show the beauty of food.
And now, about those churros….I got the recipe from the first cook book I bought myself in college. It’s pretty simple, and even in my first crappy apartment I was able to make these tasty treats. I decided to add some chili powder to the dough for an extra kick, and because “M” likes spicy (I did leave a little unspicey, as “C” does not.)
Spicy Orange Churros
*adapted from The Great American Cookbook by Joy Skipper
1 cup water
7 tablespoons butter, or shortening, diced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Finely grated rind of 1 small orange
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more if you like extra spicy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vegetable oil for frying
superfine sugar, for dusting
Heat water, butter, sugar, orange rind, and salt in a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat until the butter has melted.
Add the flour, cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla extract, then remove the pan from the heat and beat rapidly until the mixture pulls away from the side of the pan
Let cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until the mixture is thick and smooth. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a wide star tip.
Heat the oil to 350. Pipe 5 inch lengths into the oil, being careful not to over crowd it. Fry for 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove churros with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Dust the churros with sugar and cinnamon. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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