Churros (Unfried)

Churros (Unfried)

Churros are traditionally made from a thick paste extruded through a pastry bag with a star-shaped tip, and then deep-fried. The resulting grooves on the churros add surface area, which makes the texture extra crispy and airy.  My recipe for unfried churros starts with the same paste as traditional churros, but they are cooked in a waffle iron with very little to no oil.  The waffle grid produces the same structural effect as the pastry bag tip.  The final result is a treat with the full flavour and crispiness of traditional churros, without the extruding step, and minus the vat of oil ... click on title for more

Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

A major pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City occurs every year during this month, since December 12 is marked as her Feast day in the Catholic Church calendar. One of the most traditional treats sold outside the Basilica is a corn based sweet patty, cooked over a grill.  Several patties are wrapped in bright coloured tissue paper, so they can be enjoyed still warm, out of the paper packet, or brought home without getting soggy.  They have become so ubiquitous outside the Basilica, as well as many other old churches in Mexico, that hey are known as “gorditas de atrio” - "Atrium Patties" ... click on title for more

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Colima is the capital city of the Mexican state with the same name; it is also known as "The City of the Palm Trees", which grow all around the state.  Not surprisingly,  coconut is one of the state's main crops, and in addition to coconut water, milk, oil, soap, and fibre for agricultural and industrial uses, the white flesh is enjoyed as nourishment, and as the main ingredient of delightful treats ... click on title for more