We love churros. It’s an awesome pastry, very popular in many countries around the world but not very common in South Africa. So we decided to find out who offers the best churros in Cape Town. Before we get into the details of the Churros Challenge, some more info on churros for those who are not familiar with it…
What are churros?
Churros a.k.a “the Spanish doughnut” are made from a pastry, similar to choux pastry, which is piped through a star nozzle into hot oil and fried until it is golden brown. Then, depending on the recipe, is rolled in either castor sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or icing sugar. Finally you dunk these bad boys in a pot of hot chocolate, but real hot chocolate made from dark chocolate melted in cream that has been heated on the stove with a cinnamon stick sitting in the pot.
The History of the Churro:
No one is sure how exactly the churro came to exist. There are a couple of theories, one involving shepherds who created a cake-like dough to fry as a substitute for baked goods which were obviously unavailable in the mountains. The other theory involves the Portuguese developing the churro as a variation of a doughnut recipe they brought back from China.
Either way, the important thing is that churros exist today and we enjoy eating them!
Churros are popular all over the world, and you can find many interesting variations such as these interesting (and delicious looking) stuffed churros: filled with dulce de leche, custard, orange curd, chocolate ganache and lemon curd.
We suspect the offerings around Cape Town will be closer to the original recipe. While the recipe sounds simple, it’s not that easy to get the churros to be light and fresh, and the chocolate also needs to be up to scratch.
So we found 6 restaurants which offer churros (please leave a comment below if you know if any others we should add to the list):
The scoring will be done as follows:
10 for Presentation (look, size, portion size)
15 for Churro (flavour, density & texture, freshness)
15 for Chocolate (consistency, flavor, quality)
5 for Service
5 for Venue
Total: 50 points
Results will be posted on 21st January 2013