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    Churros with coconut dulce de leche

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus 5 minutes cooling
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes, plus 5 minutes cooling 40 minutes

    Makes: 16

    Ingredients

    For the dulce de leche

    397ml can condensed milk
    150ml coconut milk

    For the churros

    110g butter
    140g plain flour
    3 Waitrose British Blacktail Free
    Range Medium Eggs, lightly beaten

    750ml vegetable oil, for deep frying
    3 tbsp caster sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Method

    1. Cook the condensed milk in a small, heavy-based pan over a low heat. Stir, with your spoon scraping the bottom of the pan, for 12-15 minutes continuously, or until the liquid has turned a toffee colour and comes away from the sides of the pan. Take off the heat and beat in the coconut milk. Set aside.

    2. Meanwhile, to make the batter put 225ml water and the butter in a small pan and bring to a rolling boil. Tip in the flour, add a pinch of salt and remove from the heat. Beat vigorously until the mixture comes together into a ball. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes, then slowly beat in the eggs, a little at a time.

    3. Fill a large saucepan one third full with the vegetable oil. Heat to 190°C (or until a cube of bread floats and turns golden after 20 seconds). Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm star-shaped nozzle. Squeeze four 10cm lengths of batter into the hot oil, using a knife to slice off each length from the nozzle into the pan. Fry for 3 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and fry the remaining batter in the same way.

    4. Mix the caster sugar and cinnamon and dust over the churros while hot. Serve warm with a bowl of the coconut dulce de leche.

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    Cook’s tip

    In Latin America, these deep-fried treats are mostly found heavily coated in sugar and stuffed with chocolate or condensed milk, whereas in Spain, churros are likely to be dunked into spiced hot chocolate. Served here with a velvety coconut dulce de leche, they can be enjoyed as an indulgent treat or an after-dinner pudding.

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