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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Churros and Spanish Hot Chocolate

Its been a long time since I last posted.  Starting back at work after six weeks off is always difficult and to top it off its like starting back at a new school with new rules and ways of doing things.  Finding time to bake is one thing never mind blog!

October is my birthday month and also the month the yearly fair comes to town.  First its the 'Goose Fair' in Nottingham and then 'Ilkeston Fair' where I grew up.  Believe it or not this was the first year I tired churros and I love them!  I can not believe how easy they are (and quick) to make and the only faff is the hot oil.

Ingredient wise these are so basic - flour, water and salt.  Pipe in to hot fat and then dredge in cinnamon sugar.  I have come across two methods of making these - with egg and without.  My first attempt (the ones pictured above) have egg in them.  The style without seems to use baking powder instead.  I will try the other method sometime soon and post the results.

Churros, if you don't know, are basically Spanish/Mexican doughnuts.  Traditionally dipped in thick hot chocolate or eaten for breakfast without the sugar coating.  I treated myself to real Spanish hot chocolate brought from Marks and Spencer - its SO good, thick and chocolatey just like what I tried when I was in Barcelona.  

One method I came across to make these involved frying bread and lemon in the oil to prepare it before frying the churros.  I did as I was told although I am not sure if it made much difference.

Monday, 22 September 2014

I'm still here (again)

Apologies, September for me is 'start back to work' month and getting back in to the habit of working isn't easy when you have had six weeks off.  People say teachers are lucky to get all those holidays...and I would agree, we are lucky to get time off spread across the year, but we do work very hard when we are not on holiday and for me the six weeks holiday is a joy and a curse.  The first two weeks are like being on holiday, the next two are when I start to feel like I have nothing to do and the final two are the ones where you start to reprogram yourself to do other things.  Then its time to go back to work again and you simply don't want to.  All the other holidays are great and feel like a nice rest.  The summer is the one that always catches me out.

So, this month will be a quiet one on my blog.  I may get chance to bake something soon.  I have been invited to a coffee morning next Saturday so I will try and get something baked and posted before the month is out.

Anyway, off to work I must go...

Ps.  Mr Puck (from my previous post) is doing really well.  His only eye is starting to look normal again and hopefully his vision is getting better.  His missing eye looks perfect now the stitches have been removed.