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The most recent addition to my cookbook collection is Nigella Lawson’s “Kitchen”. As I skimmed through it I knew I would be trying out her Churros with chocolate dipping sauce recipe as soon as possible. I liked her recipe because it eggless. Most of the recipes I have seen for churros are basically a choux pastry rich in eggs and somehow it just didn’t sit well with me. I have never like that gooey uncooked centre in a cream puff hence mine are always well baked! 
In the aftermath of the cyclone with no electricity for more than a week and heaps of outdoor work to do, baking took step to the side. But I was having bad “baking withdrawal” symptoms! So, left to my own devices when the family made yet another trip to the dump, I set to work eager to surprise them with a sweet treat! And churros, it was! We really enjoyed these churros. I piped them thinner than the ones I have eaten so they were deliciously crunchy. The chocolate dipping sauce is a must!
Churros with chocolate dipping sauce (adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson)
which Nigella claims should be enough for 4-6 but…
I doubled this recipe – I think Nigella must have be on a very strict diet that day!
50g caster sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon or to taste
125g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
15ml olive oil
250ml freshly boiled water
oil for deep frying
Chocolate Sauce
50g dark chocolate
75g milk chocolate
150ml cream
Mix the sugar and the cinnamon together. Set aside for coating the churros in later.
Melt all the chocolate ingredients really gently in a saucepan until it all melts and combines. Set aside.
To make the churros: put the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder then beat in the olive oil and freshly boiled water from the kettle. Keep mixing until you have warm sticky dough. Leave it rest for 10 minutes while you heat up the oil to about 170C.
When you are ready fit a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle (I used about 8mm one) and  fill with the dough. Squeeze out lengths of dough. I just used my finger to break each one off the nozzle.
Cook only a few at a time until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper then toss in cinnamon sugar.
Reheat the sauce if needed.
Serve churros with Chocolate dipping sauce in individual pots ( to avoid the double dipping dilemma) and dip away!

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