Churros, Chocolate y Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Churros (donuts)

It would be pretty easy for this little Australian family to allow Cinco de Mayo to become a day of sombreros and corn chip clichés but we think it’s a great excuse to have a little fun with the kids, Mexican style, while expanding our cultural horizons.

Cinco de Mayo is the day Mexicans remember the Battle of Puebla, a battle fought on May 5, 1862 against the French that no-one thought the Mexicans could win… except the Mexicans.  Not only did the French Army way outnumber their Mexican counterparts, they were also far better armed and trained. But, as they tried again and again to make their way into the city of Puebla, the Mexicans forced them into retreat.

When the French finally ran out of ammunition, a Mexican commander ordered an attack, forcing the French to run away (quelle surprise… queue the usual digs). Sadly, that wasn’t the end of the war. The French army returned and captured Mexico City, but Cinco de Mayo is still celebrated as a day of success and national pride.

Though it is now a relatively minor holiday in Mexico itself, in countries with large ex-pat communities, particularly the United States, Cinco de Mayo has been embraced as a celebration of Mexican pride with parades, mariachi music, street parties and lots of lots of food.  The Eats World clan love a good victory for the underdog story (and Mexican cuisine) so we’re keen for a piece of the action.

The only catch is that, given our distinct lack of Mexican heritage, we’re not quite sure how. The two most obvious options are finding a random Mexican or two and joining their party or hitting the local taquería to stuff our faces with some Mexican goodness. But we want to go beyond takeaway tacos and a bottle (or cinco) of Corona and though an afternoon of downing cervaza is incredibly tempting, it isn’t exactly conducive to productive parenting.

And so we decide to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Eats World Style! That is, with a little fun and a lot of food. Raffles, upon hearing the words “Mexico” and “celebration” in the same sentence, immediately requests a piñata! Though we do all love to crack open a piñata, given Sugarpuff’s current penchant for bashing the crap out of anything from inanimate objects to siblings whenever a long blunt object finds its way into her possession, we figure actually handing her a piñata stick is akin to inviting Hannibal Lecter around for a little chianti and a bloody steak.

Instead, inspired by the amount of tag-team wrestling engaged in by Raffles and Sugarpuff (usually over who gets the remote), and a distinct lack of mariachi bands at our place,  we decided to celebrate in safety and silence by colouring some Mascaras de la Lucha Libre!kids rumblingMexican wrestling masks. As you do.

Mexican Wrestling masks kids

As for the Mexican munchies, as much as we love the savoury sensations from South of the Border we’ve got a big block of Mexican cooking chocolate on hand just begging to be used. It’s inspired us to keep our little fiesta sweet and simple with donuts and hot chocolate. And the verdict? “Ay, caramba” they’re good!

RECIPES

Mexican Churros

Churros recipe

Ingredients;

80 grams unsalted butter
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tspn teaspoon salt
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying

Cinnamon Sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.
  2. Whisk water, sugar, salt, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering and butter is completely melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and add all the flour stirring continuously until fully incorporated into liquid.
  4. Return the pot to heat and cook the mixture until the dough is smooth and sticky and comes away easily from the sides of the pan.
  5. Remove the pot from the burner and let it cool for about ten minutes before adding the eggs and mix until fully incorporated into mix (this will require a little elbow grease) and batter has a thick but smooth consistency.
  6. Cool batter for another five minutes and scoop into a piping bag with a large star nozzle.
  7. Pipe batter into strips on baking paper.
  8. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a pan or deep fryer to about 180-190 degrees celsius.
  9. Add the piped batter to the oil in batches (leaving plenty of room) and fry until they are golden brown all over (two-three minutes per batch).
  10. Remove from heat and drain onto paper-towel.
  11. Roll churros in cinnamon sugar and serve warm with Mexican hot chocolate.

Cinnamon & Chilli Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot chocolate with cardamom cinnamon and cilli

Ingredients;

1 ½ cups milk
3 wedges Mexican chocolate
1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder
1 cinnamon quill
1 teaspoon cornflour
Pinch of chilli powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Method;

  1. Combine all ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Heat until almost boiling (stirring constantly so cornflour doesn’t make lumps) until chocolate melts and mixture thickens.
  3. Whisk briskly until a froth forms.
  4. Serve immediately with a cinnamon quill for stirring.

18 Comments on Churros, Chocolate y Cinco de Mayo

  1. running mama
    May 6, 2013 at 12:34 am (4 years ago)

    You can stream mariachi music on Pandora, or my fav Vicente Fernandez. Looks yummy. Being Mexican we enjoy tasty Mexican food often, so Cinco de Mayo is reserved for nachos and Modelo Especial

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds pretty good to me! 😉

      Reply
  2. Diane (@MamalDiane)
    May 6, 2013 at 2:51 am (4 years ago)

    Love Churros and the history lesson 🙂 Thanks for joining us at the Let’s Get Social Sunday link party. Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks. I think I bit a few too many though. I must have had ten of them. LOL

      Reply
  3. Nikki
    May 6, 2013 at 6:55 am (4 years ago)

    Yum! I’m thinking a few if these in that yummy looking chocolate sauce would hit the spot right now! I’m stopping by from the blog hop & I’m a new follower through Twitter. I hope you & the fam are having a great weekend!

    Nikki
    http://www.TheCraftySideOfSarcasm.com

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Nikki, They are pretty satisfying. Thanks for coming by. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 6, 2013 at 9:28 am (4 years ago)

    Hehe that’s so cute with them as Mexican wrestlers and actually wrestling! 😛 And I didn’t know that that was how the battle went-isn’t that interesting!

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm (4 years ago)

      They do most of the time! Seemed a good fit! Hehe 🙂

      Reply
  5. nadiastennett
    May 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Dear Lord those look good! Going to have to test drive that recipe ASAP!!!! YUMMM!

    Reply
  6. Cooker and a Looker
    May 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm (4 years ago)

    That hot choc looks awesome! I didn’t know the story behind Cinco de Mayo – thanks for sharing. x

    Reply
  7. Sam
    May 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness they are beautiful! They look so mischievous! And those churros look a tad mind blowing, too.

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sam, they are a pair of mischievous monkeys. 🙂

      Reply
  8. AntiMomAmanda
    May 11, 2013 at 12:08 am (4 years ago)

    can’t remember the last time i had a churro..but now i want one! these look great, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Reply
  9. mamagrace71
    May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, yum, yum, YUM! That cinnamon and chilli mexican hot chocolate reminds me of the movie, “Chocolat”
    Looks perfect for a cold winter’s night!

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Absolutely perfect. Ooh and I love that movie. 🙂

      Reply
  10. Miz Helen
    May 22, 2014 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    Your little ones are just adorable! I just love your Churros, a very special Mexican Treat that we really enjoy! Thanks so much for joining our Foods of The World Tour to Mexico, hope you will join in France next month.
    See You Soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply

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