CHURROS! This week I had to make churros. I’ve never made them before, but in the past two books I’ve read, churros were mentioned thirteen times!
While I read (re-re-re-read) The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal last week my mouth watered over “Tansy’s Churros” recipe. It’s really a simple recipe combining eggs, flour, water, and butter. They are piped into hot oil and sprinkled, while hot, with sugar and cinnamon.
This weekend I read How to Live an Undead Lie, by Hailey Edwards, and wouldn’t you know, before the end of the first chapter, I was drooling again over churros. Churros are the main charactor, Grier’s “Kryptonite,” especially Esteban’s Churros, and by the description of them, I totally get it! “Eat more churros. Add extra caramel. With a side of chocolate sauce.” Yum! While it’s not a food-themed book, I love reading about how much she loves these little treats and shares them with her friends. When I’m not reading food-themed fiction, you’ll find me reading urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
In honor of Tansy’s Churros and Esteban’s Churros, I made Sweet Potato Churros, with a side of chocolate sauce and a side of caramel sauce!
I decided I had to try and sneak in some nutritious value (yeah right), and I had one sweet potato, so I searched for recipes for sweet potato churros. I came across one from the Food and Home Entertaining blog, with butternut squash. I adapted it by using a half sweet potato instead, that I peeled, cubed and microwaved in a little water until tender. I used my cast iron skillet filled with about an inch of coconut oil to fry them.
While the sweet potato cooled, I made Easy Caramel Sauce from The Pioneer Women. It’s super easy and just a few ingredients, brown sugar, butter, half & half, a little vanilla and a pinch of salt. (I’ll post the link below!)
And since Grier Woolworth says you have to have chocolate sauce to dip them in, I made a quick sauce by heating about 1/4 cup of half & half in the microwave, and poured it over about 5 dark chocolate Promises, and four Hershey’s Kisses and stirred until smooth. None of those weird chocolate flavored wafer melting thingys, yuck, use some real chocolate, or chocolate chips!
I didn’t have a large piping bag and tip, or a big vat of oil, so I made them on a much smaller scale. I can only imagine how good they would have been in a deep fryer, and large enough to poke a hole into and fill with caramel sauce, but these little golden churros drizzled with chocolate and caramel were so good, that my husband actually came into the kitchen to steal them!
Here are the recipes I adapted my Sweet Potato Churros with Caramel and Chocolate Sauce from. I used this recipe, halved, and swapped butternut squash with sweet potatoes for Butternut Churros and this recipe, halved, for Easy Caramel Sauce. I doubt you’ll find me frying any more goodies soon, but once in a blue moon is ok!
I was inspired to make these sweet treats by these two of my Favorite FoodieBooks! If you read them, let me know if you love them as much as I do!