It is called Churros, a kind of choux pastry with rigged surface, being deep fried until crunchy and served with dipping sauce or simply rolled in sugar. Made this and family came out with different opinions, some thought too sweet, while others tempted to add some chocolate/ caramel sauce for additional kick!
So, was it really originate from you tiao? That is certainly one of the plausible theory. It was said that the Portuguese encountered you tiao during their visit to Dinasty of Ming when they sailed for Orient. After went back to Portugal, they tried to recreate and modify you tiao. Ends up, churros is what they got!
Caution: Churros could burst if there are air pockets trapped inside the dough and if oil not hot enough. Beware hot oil could splash out when churros burst. Suggest to use a splatter screen when frying. I am using the Norpro one and I strongly recommend that.
- 130g all purpose flour
- Enough frying oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Combine ingredients (A) in a saucepan, bring the mitxture to boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in flour. Stir vigorously until the mixture form a ball.
- Heat oil (at least 2 inches) to 190C (375F) for frying (if you do not have a food thermometer, you may test by dropping a bit of dough in the oil, the dough should sink and quickly float to the top and start bubbling) .
- Put dough in piping bag. Pipe strips of dough into oil.
- Fry until golden brown, around 4-6 minutes. Drain oil on paper towels.
- Combine ingredients (B), roll churros in the mixture.