Churro is a fried Spanish pastry. It’s a snack which can be bought on almost every corner of the street. The taste reminds me of a pancake but then a crunchy version. Over here they like to serve it with a coffee or a hot chocolate and you can dip the churro inside! I served mine with a hot chocolate and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. A tasty, but because it’s fried, it’s not the lightest snack 😉
The origin of churros is unclear. There are several theories. I found some on wikipedia: ‘One theory is they were brought to Europe by the Portuguese. The Portuguese sailed for the Orient and, as they returned from Ming Dynasty China to Portugal, they brought along with them new culinary techniques, including modifying the dough for You tiao also known as Youzagwei in Southern China, for Portugal. However, they modified it by introducing a star design because they did not learn the Chinese skill of “pulling” the dough (the Chinese Emperor made it a capital crime to share knowledge with foreigners). As a result, churros are not “pulled” but rather extruded out through a star-shaped die.
Another theory is that the churro was made by Spanish shepherds, to substitute for fresh bakery goods. Churro paste was easy to make and fry in an open fire in the mountains, where shepherds spend most of their time.’
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