Weekend Project: Churros!

13 Dec

While the jury is still out on my home-made jerky, the verdict is in on these bad boys and they’re awesome! Ok, I know that’s cheesy but that’s really how good they are. I adapted two recipes for what I did. My version is below. A word of warning though, I have an actual fryer, not a pan with oil. If I didn’t have the fryer, I wouldn’t have attempted this. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, it just mean you have to be braver and way less distracted than I am. Another note, each of these gifts cost me less than $4 a pop. Pretty impressive.

Churros with Spiced Chocolate Sauce

Adapted from Cannelle et Vanille and Food Network.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable or olive oil, for frying
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Chocolate¬† Sauce, recipe follows

Directions

Prepare to fry the churros by heating 1 to 1 1/2 inches oil in a deep pan to 360 degrees F.

Place the water, milk, butter, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring this to a boil. Add the flour all at once and stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a smooth ball.

Transfer this mass to the bowl of an electric mixer (or can do it by hand) and start mixing with a paddle attachment. When most of the steam has evaporated, add the eggs one at a time. Mix until it comes together to a smooth thick mass.

Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Mix the sugar and cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Roll churros in the cinnamon sugar. Serve with Chocolate Dunking Sauce.

Spiced Chocolate Sauce

3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick of cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange
3 slices of fresh ginger
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
6 egg yolks
12 oz chocolate, chopped ( I used semi-sweet and I would not recommend that. You want it sweeter.)

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, vanilla,  cinnamon, orange zest and fresh ginger. Bring it to a boil. Turn the heat off and let it set for about 10 minutes. Return the mixture to a boil and add the cocoa powder and instant coffee powder. Whisk together.

Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and temper the milk mixture into them while whisking. Return this mixture to the sauce pan and cook for a couple of minutes while constantly stirring until lightly thickens.

Place the finely chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Place a fine sieve over the bowl and pour the custard over the chocolate. Mix until all the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth cream.

Can be served warm, room temperature or cold. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It will thicken when it cools.

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Friday Cocktails: Citrus Champagne Punch

10 Dec

from Food Network

from Food Network:

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup limoncello
  • 2 teaspoons vermouth
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Ice
  • Lemon twists, for garnish

Directions

Combine the lemon juice, sugar, vodka, Limoncello, and vermouth in a large nonreactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1 to 2 hours. Add the Champagne and stir to combine.

Serve over ice in highball glasses, garnished with lemon twists.

Weekend Project

10 Dec

from Cannelle et Vanille

Churros and Chocolate Bisque.

I think these will make good gifts for work people. What do you think? I think Aran at Cannelle et Vanille just might be a genius. Check out her recipe here.

I’ll post my attempt soon.

Need to Look Your Holiday Best? We Have You Covered!

7 Dec

First up a collection of dresses around $50 bucks a pop!

Have a little more green to spead around…

Lots of available credit?

Dream Home

7 Dec

from Home and Gardens via {this is glamorous}

One day I will be fancy and grown up like this!

Daily Inspiration: 12.6.10

6 Dec

from Stumble Upon

via Pinterest

Hand Made Gift Idea: Cocktail Mixers

3 Dec

 

from Martha Stewart

 

I love this idea. I saw bottles really similar to these at The Container Store. Visit Martha to get the how-to.