It is time for another installment of the Secret Recipe Club! This month, I had the pleasure of pulling Authentic Suburban Gourmet as my blog for the month! Just take a moment and go check the blog out. Run by Lisa who makes her home in San Francisco, it is absolutely full of beautiful photos and recipes. I was left with a very tough decision over the last month: which of her many fantastic recipes should I make? I made a list of recipes of hers I wanted to try: strawberry jam, these garlic mushrooms, or maybe these turkey meatballs? I also though about this delicious sounding drink.
After much deliberation, and narrowing some options down, I left the final decision to my husband. He opted for Lisa’s churros with lime sugar and chocolate sauce. Lisa was inspired to make these after lunch between client meetings one day. I am so happy she did too!
The day I made my churros was a rainy one, the kind of day that needed warming, delicious food. True to form, I wanted something sweet. Breakfast was donuts while out running errands. Churros was the only logical conclusion to the day after a dinner of soup! My husband even commented how the day had gone my way in terms of delicious sweet treats.
There is a bit of work involved to get to the final results of delicious churros with chocolate sauce, but they are so worth it. After a bit of hard mixing, piping and frying, you get a plate full of very tasty fried confection. My brother was surprised that they were homemade, he asked where it was we had picked the churros up from! High praise indeed!
I made a few slight changes to Lisa’s original recipe, some additions, some subtractions, and they all worked very well together. I opted to not use Mexican chocolate for the dipping sauce and instead used some chipotle pepper with bittersweet chocolate. I also had a valencia orange from a friend’s backyard tree that I thought would be the perfect addition with lime to the sugar I rolled my churros in. I’ve got my recipe below along with the link to Lisa’s original recipe, I hope you can give these a try yourself soon!
Churros with Spiced Chocolate Sauce
Adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup water
4 ounces butter
1/4 t. salt
1 C. flour
3 eggs, beaten
Prepare to fry the churros by heating 2-3 inches oil in a deep pan to about 350 degrees F.
Make your churro dough while the oil is heating.
In medium saucepan heat the water, butter and salt to rolling boil. Vigorously stir in your flour and sugar. Continue to stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute; remove from the heat. Add the eggs and continue beating until the dough is once again smooth. It will take a few minutes of mixing and the dough will almost look curdled until it begins to come together again.
Spoon mixture into a piping tube with large star tip. Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into the hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until brown, turning once, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain well on paper towels and allow to cool slightly before rolling in the citrus sugar mixture. Serve the churros warm with the chocolate sauce on the side.
1 T. lime zest
1 T orange zest
3/4 C. sugar
Mix together well and place in a bowl to roll the churros in.
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (if spice is not your thing, substitute cinnamon)
In a medium saucepan, add all of the ingredients and slowly heat over medium. Stir until combined and smooth. Serve warm with the churros.
I’ve linked up to the Citrus Blog hop at Katherine Martinelli!