by Mario Batali
Tejeringos and Chocolate: Delightful Spanish Dessert Treat
In honor of my youngest son, Leo, traveling to
The novelty of tejeringos is simple. A lot like churros, they are
It's all about the eggs and the lipids in this Spanish delicacy. While the typical churro recipe contains approximately one tablespoon of butter and one egg per dozen churros, tejeringos call for more of both. Three eggs and eight tablespoons of butter go into this mixture, making the texture much airier than your average churro.
The difference between frying oils when preparing churros vs. tejeringos also adds to the lighter density. The churros we've had on the menu for years at Casa Mono in
Tejeringos are the perfect treat to impress a date, and a spicy chocolate is the perfect pairing. The dough in this recipe often crumbles when dipped into sauces with high viscosity, however. In order to prevent losing your tejeringo in a dipping sauce, simply drizzle the spicy chocolate over your platter of fried deliciousness and dust with more confectioners' sugar (recipe found below).
Mario's Tejeringos Recipe
Excerpted from "
Makes about 12 tejeringos.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 tablespoon sugar, plus about 1 cup for dusting
Pinch of salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
8 cups extra virgin olive oil, for deep-frying
Combine 1 cup water, the butter, sugar and salt in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until butter melts.
Turn the heat to low, add the flour (in one shot), and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball.
Remove from the heat and add the eggs one at a time, stirring constantly.
Transfer to a bowl and allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
Meanwhile, heat 3 inches of olive oil to 365 F in a large, heavy pot. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.
Pipe 4-inch long strips of dough into the hot oil, without crowding, and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and repeat with the remaining batter.
Dust generously with sugar and serve.
PrepTime: 10 mins
CookTime: 10 mins
TotalTime: 20 mins
Spicy Chocolate Recipe
2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, ground in a blender until fine
Dash of cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
8 cups milk, heated
Mix everything except the milk together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. For each serving, use a 2-to-1 ratio of milk to chocolate. Spoon the chocolate mix into a cup and cover with double the amount of very hot milk. Stir until the mixture is smooth and very thick. Chocolate is best drizzled over tejeringos.
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