In the midst of the sad week when Mel & Sue confirmed they won’t be joining GBBO on its move to Channel 4, I have to admit I am still happy because a BATTER week has been added. I actually disgust myself when I admit my love for batter but we all have a dark side don’t we?
One of my all time fave battered things I’ve ever had are churros. The first time I tried churros was with some cake friends, next to a river in London, on a gorgeously sunny day. They were so much more than I expected; sweet and cinnamony, crispy on the outside but a teensy bit soft in the middle… and they came with dippy chocolate sauce.
The only bad thing about this experience was that I was already in my early twenties by the time I tried a churro. Why wasn’t I given churros instead of Rusks as a baby?!
Do love a Rusk though tbf.
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The signature challenge was Yorkshire Puddings. 24 identical Yorkshire Puddings. Lovely with a bucket of gravy! Not something I’m personally going to be excited about baking though.
This challenge was to make 12 heart shaped lace pancakes. What a nice idea! Pretty, delicious and they look really fun to make buuuut I kind of just want a big round pancake to drown in lemon and sugar, roll up and scoff!
The showstopper was all about churros, which is where my churro cupcakes come in!
My churro vision involved cake. Of course. Specifically, a cupcake topped with a churro swirl! As in a buttercream swirl made of churro, making churro cupcakes!
I also made ‘Churro Sprinkles’ with my leftover batter. CUTE.
There a few things I learned when making churros. Here is a list so you can avoid the mistakes I stumbled over.
Use two piping bags.
One inside the other, or a fabric piping bag. This batter will be hot when you pipe it, and it’s thick! A single disposable piping will split and it will probably be too hot for you to pipe your batter swirls.
Pipe your swirls onto wax paper.Wax paper if you have it, or greaseproof sprayed with some cooking oil, to prevent them from sticking. A 1M nozzle will get you the nice grooves.
Heat your oil to 190c then turn the heat down.
Don’t let it go over 190c (375f). If it is too hot, your churros won’t have a chance. They will burn on the outside and be raw in the middle. Like my lame first batch. Use a sugar thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of your oil.
Use a flat spatula
A flat spatula is best to scoop your churros up and put them into the oil. They will distort a little but not enough for them to not look awesome.
Separate your churros after around a minute of cooking time.
When you put a few in the pan, they will want to hang out together. You need to break that party up before things get out of hand! Use a couple o’ forks to pull the swirls apart.
Turn your churros during cooking.
When cooking anything in oil, the underside will be cooking much more than the top so make sure you flip your churros during cooking to keep both sides fairly even in colour.
Don’t be hasty to taste-y.
30 seconds wait time isn’t sufficient for something that’s just come out of boiling oil. Tongues will be burnt. Two days of eating will be ruined. Give ’em 5 minutes before you taste test and even then, be cautious!
Once your churros are cooked you can roll them in cinnamon sugar, or just sugar if you don’t like cinnamon.
Add a buttercream swirl to your churro cupcakes with a 1M nozzle and topped with a churro sprinkle or a churro swirl and chocolate sauce.
The cupcake recipe will actually make around 14 cupcakes, and of course, technically your churro sprinkles are surplus to requirements if you have 12 churro swirls to use anyway but it’s a nice way to make use of the leftover batter.
You can always double the cupcake and buttercream recipes and have 12 cupcakes with churro swirls and 12 cupcakes with churro sprinkles on. Best of both worlds and tons of cupcakes!
These churro cupcakes have everything. The light sponge of the vanilla cake, the soft, sweet buttercream against the cinnamon crispiness of the churro and then the rich flavour of the chocolate sauce. Utter churro cake heaven!
I hope you enjoy making these churro cupcakes as much as I did!
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