Sunday, May 23, 2010

Churros and Donut

  • Vegetable or olive oil, for frying
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Chocolate Dunking Sauce, recipe follows


Prepare to fry the churros by heating 1 to 1 1/2 inches oil in a deep pan to 360 degrees F.

To make churro dough, heat water, butter and salt to rolling boil in 3-quart saucepan; stir in

flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute; remove from the heat. Beat eggs all at once; continue beating until smooth and then add to saucepan while stirring mixture.

Spoon mixture into a piping tube with large star tip. Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Mix the sugar and cinnamon. Roll churros in the cinnamon sugar. Serve with Chocolate Dunking Sauce.

Plain Doughnuts

This recipe makes one dozen donuts.

Microwave 1 cup of milk so that it is warm (not hot) add
the 5 teaspoons of yeast (2 packets) and a pinch of sugar and stir.
Let stand for about 5 minutes

In a bowl combine:
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of warm mashed potatoes (see the bottom of the page)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of sugar

Then in the bowl add:
The milk mixture (from above) and
2 Tablespoons of oil

Mix the dough well by hand or in a mixer with a dough
hook for 3 minutes.

Prepare your kneading surface by spreading a few
tablespoons of flour on a smooth surface.

Put the dough in the middle of the flour and sprinkle a
little flour on top and on your hands. Knead the dough a few times.

Once the dough has been kneaded, spread it out to be a
half inch thick with your hands or with a rolling pin.

Now it is time to cut out the donuts with donut cutter.

Place the donuts on a floured pan to let rise as you get the oil ready.
Let them rise for a total of ten minutes (it takes about five minutes for the oil to heat up).

(Photos by Jojie. Taken during baking demo by Oliver Mina @ 'Baking Club' @ SEP2010 @ Villa Julia, Silang, Cavite)

Mango Fruit Shake

Fruit Shake is a beverage made of fruit, milk, ice and sometimes flavoring, and ice cream are added, shaken or whipped.

I've been making fruit shakes a lot for my family this summer time, whether during meal time or snack time. Mango and avocado are their favorite. Today is mango shake. It is truly refreshing.

(Photos by Jojie)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Choco Muffin

I'm back to baking again. I haven't done any for some 2 months now. I didn't have the initiative, the inspiration nor a good reason to bake at all.

But yesterday, after talking with the lady next door, I told her that I might bake a cake and send some to her. She said her brother and sister and "mga pamangkin" are coming over. I was told that it was "fiesta" in our barangay.

So I baked a Chocolate Cake recipe but I turned it into muffin cake pans instead. I decorated each muffin piece with simple leaves and pink flower-like decorations, using the plain boiled icing. It turned out quite well. I gave some too
to our newly-transferred neighbor in the other door.

Jinjie quite missed it. She asked for more than a couple of helpings. Len had a couple too.
They did miss my baking. ^_^

(photos by MC)