Thursday, March 31, 2011

Failure in the Kitchen

I learned something about myself tonight....

... I am a terrible fryer!

That's right, I attempted to fry something and I failed - miserably! Let's just say that I'm airing out the house, my eyes are faucets, and there's two batches of makeshift churros in the garbage!

Some keys to successful frying include:
1.  Using the right amount of oil
2.  Heating the oil to the correct temperature (using a thermometer)
3.  Precisely measuring each piece of dough to the same size
4. Frying until golden brown

None of which I did.  It's okay; I'm perfectly fine with not adding frying to my repertoire! 

Here's what the churros should look like, courtesy of

Mine obviously didn't even have a close resemblance to these. I'll spare your eyes and not post a picture of my disaster.

I'm all about healthy cooking, and churros do NOT fall into that category... however, if you are having a Mexican-food potluck (like me), and want to be the hero (unlike me) who brings churros, here's the recipe:


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.
  2. Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.