Thursday, August 22, 2013

Churro Waffle Sticks

Today's post is one of reflection......

Often times throughout the summer, people like to visit amusement/theme parks, especially me.  Did you ever notice though, how different parks seem to have their own, unique smell, and I don't mean that in a bad way?  It's the variety of foods that are cooking that seem to give the parks their distinctive scent. 

So, for just a minute, lets reflect on the 'happiest place on earth'.  Other than the rides, one of the best parts of Disney World, at least for me, is walking around and accidentally stumbling across a Churro stand.  It doesn't take long before you get a whiff of the heavenly aroma of the Churros dancing in the air.  Often times it hits your senses before you can even see the stand.  That warm smell of cinnamon and sugar just suddenly attacks you, but in an 'oh so good' way.

Now, if you follow my blog, I'm sure you're aware that I'm not one who usually partakes in eating this type of food, however, I always find that there are exceptions when on vacation.  Sadly though, I'm not on vacation, therefore this meal was devoured by my husband, and not me.  He reassures me though that it was fantastic, which is why I decided to share.  Enjoy!

Churro Waffle Sticks
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For the Waffle Sticks:
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBSP. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cups warm skim milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup cinnamon
½ cup butter, melted

Preheat a waffle iron

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar.  Set aside.  In another bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the churro topping, set aside for later use.

In a small bowl, beat together the 2 eggs.  Add in the warm milk, butter and vanilla extract and stir until evenly combined.

Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir around with a wooden spoon until well blended.  If there are a few little lumps in the batter, it’s fine.

Spray the waffle iron with a nonstick cooking spray and pour in some of the batter.  Let the waffle iron cook the waffles until they are a nice golden color and crisp in appearance.  Once ready, remove the waffles from the waffle iron, and spread on the melted butter (I used a pastry brush for this).  Immediately place the butter coated waffle into the cinnamon/sugar churro topping until well coated. 

Once the waffle is ready, place it on a plate and serve.  I made some chocolate dipping sauce to go with the waffle, but you could always serve with warm maple syrup.

Chocolate Sauce:
4 oz. Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy cream
1 TBSP. butter

Place the chopped chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl.  In a small sauce pan, heat the heavy cream until it just begins to boil.  Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate and let sit for two minutes.  Slowly whisk together the heavy cream and chocolate until completely smooth in texture.  Add in the butter and whisk together until it’s melted and combined with the chocolate.

Source: Waffles from Chica Chocolatina
              Chocolate Sauce from Annie's Eats


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