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The Perfect Churro

What are the features of a perfect Churro? To start with, the dough must be just the right texture, fried to a satisfying crisp without being greasy and slightly chewy in the center. Then, there’s the matter of the sugar and cinnamon. You should smell the warmth of the cinnamon before you bite into the characteristic ridges of the star-shaped pastry, a sensation that will be immediately followed by the crunchy sweet taste of the intact sugar crystals. Hungry yet? Would you dip your churro in chocolate? Or, coffee perhaps? Maybe you prefer your churros stuffed in the center with a sweet filling. Regardless of your favorite way to eat a churro, you are undoubtedly on the hunt for the best local delicacy in your neck of the woods.

A Debated History but a Fan Favorite

While it’s not clear in exactly which country the churro was invented (several claim ownership), it is today a favorite among the Spanish, Portuguese, Latin Americans, and certain communities within in the U.S. And, if you didn’t grow up eating them as part of your cultural identity, you have certainly encountered them, along with other sweet and savory treats, sold from stands at carnivals, street fairs, pop-up food truck roundups, and even sporting events.

Churros Near Me?

So, who wins the local churro challenge? Well, that depends on where you call home. California is a big state with a big appetite for Churros. Las Angeles, San Diego and Hollywood all boast lists of bakeries, restaurants and food trucks vying for your good opinion. Or look to Arizona and Texas, the only two states in the U.S. that are home to a city designated as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). With significantly long food histories, Tucson and San Antonio may be the perfects spots to sink your teeth into a life-changing churro. Of course, if you live on the other side of the country, Washington D.C. has a popular Churro scene as well.

Best Churro in the U.S.

But seriously, who can claim the hands-down, best churro in America? Your answer may somewhat depend on whether your tastes run to the traditional or the adventurous. For example, Brian’s 24 in San Diego offers a dessert called “Tot-Churros” which are as they sound, tater tot shaped churros piled high with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top. By contrast, in Tucson, you could stop by El Charro, a local eatery that dates back to 1922 and sample their Sopapillas, Churros y Chocolate on one of their patios for a more casual, unchanged-by-time vibe. Or, hit up Honchos Churros in San Antonio, where you can visit their storefront, or hire their food truck, and sample both traditional and not so traditional sauces – grape jelly and peanut butter anyone?

Regardless of whether you are looking for something classic or reinvented, dipped or filled, the perfect churro should be just the right combination of crunch and chew, cinnamon and sugar, taste and texture.

For reference, here are links to the menus or websites of the restaurants that were listed:

https://brians24.com/san-diego-gaslamp-brians-24-food-menu

https://www.honchoschurros.com/

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How To Make Bao Buns

Bao buns are a low-calorie Asian dish. From Taiwan, the bao buns are a traditional dish of the New Year holidays. “Bao” has the meaning “to wrap”. These are small dough buns with an oval shape, long and folded in half, have no crust and are so soft that they are steamed. Also in Taiwan, this dish is also called by the name of “tiger bites pig”, which is inspired by its appearance.

The bao buns are very light and quite fluffy, they are also very soft and have an unmistakable and delicious sweetness that comes from sugar. The bao buns are belonging to the tastiest dishes that are in trend in the world of street cuisine, even in trendy restaurants, which has made it expand throughout the world making it a world-famous dish.

The bao buns recipe is very simple and easy to make, it also has very interesting benefits, since steaming them is an alternative to avoid adding calories.

In order to make bao buns you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:

3 ¼ cups wheat flour

1 teaspoon of yeast

1 cup of water.

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons skim milk

¼ teaspoon of fine salt.

2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil.

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

Once you have all the ingredients you can start with the preparation.

Preparation:

Step 1:

In the beginning, you should mix the yeast with the warm water.

Step 2:

You must sift the flour. Make a volcano with flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; later it incorporates liquid ingredients in the center of the volcano.

Knead until you manage to form a smooth and smooth dough. In the beginning, the mixture may seem dry, but you just have to continue kneading until the dough reaches off from the top and hands. Once the dough is ready, let it rest in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for an hour.

Step 3:

After an hour has elapsed, knead again and form dough balls, the size may be of your choice.

Then, with the help of a roller, you have to stretch the balls and flatten them giving them an oval shape. Previously, you have to cut some small squares of plant paper, to put them in the middle of the folded.

Step 4:

You must let stand for 30 minutes. When the 30-minute timer is over, boil water in a pot and cook the buns in the steamer.

Let them steam for about 5 minutes if they are small and if they are large you should let them cook for about 10 minutes.

Once they are cooked, let them stand for a few minutes, and then you can fill your bao buns to your preference or you can also choose to fill them with traditional ingredients.

Among some of the traditional ingredients used to fill the bao buns we can mention mainly pork, or their jowls and bacon, this is usually seasoned with coriander and peanut powder. However, fusion cuisine has caused a large number of different fillings today.

We hope you enjoy this delicious and renowned dish.

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Chicken Wings Recipe

Making chicken wings from home is simple. For many recipes, they are baked in an oven to give it the best crispy texture, rather than deep-frying. Baking chicken wings is one of the most popular methods. Whether you prefer a tangy or a sizzling hot recipe, the crispy chicken wings recipe will leave you wanting more.

1. Preparing

To have a great crispy chicken wing and some people prefer to start by washing. For a juicer recipe, it requires to be dry. The chicken wing is dried by patting with a dry towel. If you do not have chicken wings, you can alternate with chicken drums.

Put the wings in a bowl and add the ingredients of choice according to the chicken wing. Note that the procedure for most of the different favor is the same. For a simple recipe, here is the method.

• 20 pieces of Chicken wings

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon group pepper

• 2 teaspoon of olive oil

• 2 teaspoon of paprika

• 2 teaspoon chili powder

• 8 cloves crushed garlic

• 1 teaspoon soy sauce

The ingredients can be blended or just mixed in a bowl. Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and add the ingredients. Mix well and ensure each piece is coated well with the spices. Mixing with hands is easy, and it helps in distributing the flavors evenly. After mixing well, cover the bowl with a paper wrap. If you have time, you can put them in the fridge overnight or for a few hours. It ensures the flavors are well marinated.

2. Baking

Deep frying is not necessary. By roasting the chicken wings in the oven, it makes it healthier, saves time by baking at once, and the flavors are enhanced. Once ready for baking, pre-heat the oven to about 425 degrees. Place the baking rack with a baking sheet inside. If you do not have a baking tray, spray the foil with a nonstick baking spray to avoid the wings from sticking.

Place the wings in the rack on a single layer with space between the wings. By placing the wings on top of the rack, it lifts them, and they cook evenly, also lets air circulate the pieces given them crispy skin. It also helps in dripping the excess fat from the chicken wings. Bake for about 30 minutes. Use tongs to turn each side halfway. Cooking time may be different depending on the size of the wings. The chicken wings should be ready when the color turns to a golden brown.

  • Serving

When the wings are ready. They can be served hot or after cooling for some time. Having a variety of flavors will leave your guests happy. Divide the chicken into different portions on separate bowls, add each dish to a different sauce. For spicy option, you can try the Buffalo sauce, for those who would love it sweet, honey barbecue is a great choice.

You can also add an option of sautéed bell peppers garnished with coriander.

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Haitian Food Specialties

Haiti is a small country in the Carribean that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Despite its small size, it is home to over one million people, making it one of the most populous Carribean countries. Despite that, many people are unaware of the culture or society of Haiti. One of the most important ways that people share culture is through food, and Haitian food summarizes the culture of the country spectacularly. Many of these dishes bear similarities to other dishes that are more well-known throughout the Americas.

Diri ak djon djon

One of the key staples of Haitian food is Diri ak djon djon, or black rice. The name of the dish comes from the djon djon mushroom, a type of fungus that grows in the island country. The djon djon mushroom has become a key part of Haitian food and culture because of its taste and color. Although the stems are inedible, the caps of the mushrooms give the rice a black color and umami flavor. Black rice is often served as a side dish to the main meat course in a Haitian meal.

Griyo (Griot)

Giryo, or griot, is often the main meat dish that is accompanied by diri ak djon djon. This Haitian food staple is pork that is generally boiled before being fried. The initial cooking softens the pork, while the frying creates a crispy layer on the outside of the meat. This combination of a crispy outer layer and a soft, succulent center creates a mouth-water dish that is loved by all.

Bannann Peze

Most Central and South American countries have a take on the fried plantain dish. Bannann Peze is the Haitian culture in a fried plantain dish. Plantains are flattened before frying, usually twice in oil. The first fry of the plantain browns and cooks it, while the second fry adds to the crispy, carnival-like texture that is associated with fried foods.

Bulgur Wheat

Bulgur wheat is a type of grain that is made from whole-grain kernels of wheat. The kernels are often boiled for a short amount of time before they are dried. While bulgur wheat isn’t a dish, many different kinds of Haitian food use bulgur wheat as a main ingredient. Among these, the two that sum up Haitian culture the most are labouyi ble and kibi. Labouyi Ble is a type of porridge made from bulgur wheat. The wheat is boiled before being blended with water and strained. It is then mixed with warm spices, like cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg, then mixed with butter and served warm or cooled. Kibi, or kibbeh, is a type of Haitian food that bears a lot of similarities to Arabic culture and food. Derived from foods like samosas, kibi is generally made from meat, usually beef or lamb, and is mixed with onions and power spices. The spicy mixture is then stuffed into a shell, often made from bulgur wheat, and fried until it is crispy and served hot.

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Froyo Fruit Cups Recipe

What is your first association for the summer?

We bet many will say ice cream, and we definitely have to agree with that statement, but this time we will suggest something as sweet, but much easier, as an alternative to the ice cream. Frozen yogurt or Froyo is another benefit of summer and a good ice cream substitute for those who are careful about calorie intake. Despite many industrial versions, frozen yogurt can be easily made at home. You can use regular or Greek yogurt.

Here are some recipes that you might like :

1) A delicious froyo with banana and wild fruit

Ingredients

300 g of liquid yogurt

1 larger, ripe banana

2 tablespoons of honey

2 tablespoons sugar

oatmeal

fresh or frozen fruit

Preparation

Crush the banana with a fork and mix with yogurt, sugar, and honey. Put muffin baskets in a muffin mold and place 1 teaspoon of oatmeal at the bottom of each basket (you can use any other cereal you like instead of oatmeal).

Spread the yogurt mixture evenly over all the baskets and place the fruit you like – kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries on top.

Put the dessert mold in the freezer and let it cool for at least two hours. When the yogurt is icing, remove the muffin baskets and serve yourself a delicious iced dessert. Leave baskets at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving to thaw slightly.

2) Coffee froyo

If you enjoy coffee, this is the right way to combine the two things you love the most. Coffee ice cream is easy to make and has its own healthy variations depending on how sweet you want it to be, and you can use brown sugar or stevia powder.

This ice cream combines the great taste of coffee and the creamy rich taste of any ice cream.

Ingredients:

soy milk cream or yogurt (Greek if it is possible)

a glass of soy milk

1.5 cups of instant coffee

1/4 cup brown sugar

half a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you have used neutral soy milk

Preparation:

To make sure how sweet it is, digest the mixture as you make it. The same goes for the amount of coffee you add, depending on how strong you want it to be. First, pour the soy cream or yogurt into a larger bowl, add the coffee and stir until the coffee is dissolved. Add the other ingredients and also whisk well until the sugar is melted and the mass is dense.

Then transfer to a cups or molds where you will leave them to ice.

When you want to consume it, leave it for 5 minutes at room temperature, then serve.

Tips for the start: In addition to the blender, it would be advisable to have a homemade mixer to make the yogurt as creamy as possible.

Once the base is made, various ingredients can be added to make frozen yogurt a delicious dessert. You can try different combinations of fruits and seeds and be creative as much as you want.

These healthy froyo ice cream variants can serve as a snack, breakfast or a real summer refreshment at any time.