How NOT to make churros


The next class after Taekwondo testing is the belt ceremony. As you can guess, we get our new belts. Then we eat stuff.

I had the “brilliant” idea of making churros tied in the shape of belts. Easy peasy. My daughters helped. It probably would’ve been better had I left them to it and stayed out of the kitchen.

The recipe said something like 1/4 cup of water only.

“That’s not enough water. It’s too brittle. They’re falling apart,” said I, who has little successful baking experience.

So I added more water. Then, since I had more water in the cup, I tossed in the rest, thinking, why not?

Welp, it was no longer brittle. It was an icky sticky mess.

And, OF COURSE, the piping bag broke. One daughter shoved batter through the little pipe piece by hand.

Piping bag tip, still operational without the bag.

But you know what else works? Cutting off the corner of a Ziplock freezer bag. We eventually got there.

Anyway, the consistency was off, our fingers were a mess, getting the batter to the tip was difficult because it preferred to stick to our hands and the inside of the bag–not where the hole was. So we had to shove it down with our dough-covered fingers. Then get it back off our fingers, shove again, repeat, etc.

We eventually got them out of the bag and tied into knots like martial arts belts. Amazingly, they still sometimes broke despite my excess addition of water.

Then again, it’s not amazing since this is me we’re talking about.

Maybe they got brittle because they’re not meant to be bent. Most of them stayed intact.
I found a smaller piping tip and used that also to speed up production, yet the entire process still took beyond two hours.
They came out looking like mangled intestines.

Sensei tried to extricate one part from its “knot,” so, clearly, the desired effect was lost on him. I had to explain that they were belts.

We left some the normal color for the person receiving her orange belt. And for the four new purple belts:

The purple, via food coloring, didn’t hold for all of them. Also, they look even MORE like intestines now.

However, they did taste good despite the appearance. And one little girl was delighted to pick up a brown one and discover it was purple on the inside.
Purple surprise.

So, not a total loss. I joked with Sensei that I accidentally left the one we burnt black for him at home.

He didn’t laugh. He did eat like three of them, though.

When he was packing up his gear, I tucked another churro into the package of cookies he brought. I thought it was a nice gesture. Hubby thought it looked like I was trying to get rid of them. What do you think?


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  1. Oh my… those are…. ummmmm…. interesting looking. Well, your heart was in the right place πŸ™‚ The only cooking ingredient that always earns the “more is better” rule is garlic (although I’m not suggesting that you should put garlic in your churros). Props to you for a creative idea and it appears that they tasted great.

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  2. I expected you to describe a full-on Mexican fiesta when you led with churros. As unappetizing as the first several photos were, the close-up with the purple insides actually made my mouth water. Points for persistence, if not for presentation. Time to go find me a churro!

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  3. I might be in the minority here, but I think it’s a wonderful surprise. Certainly not bribery! This is AFTER the test, the results, the award ceremony for one thing. Additionally, he’s already had 3, if he had 4, that would never count as a bribery. You’re giving him a surprise gift that I’m sure he’ll appreciate.

    I know I would! Where’s mine? πŸ™‚

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  4. No, they don’t look like intestines – intestines are much curlier. Don’t ask how I know.

    With enough sugar, everything tastes good. That is the main reason why I buy churros at baseball games – deep fried sugar with a beer. What could be better?

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  5. LOL, I can so relate to this post! Things that never work for me: anything involving yeast and anything involving melting chocolate. My kids still bring up the time I cried while trying to make Buckeyes (hello, fellow Ohioan!) I called them Christmas Clumps and the name has stuck in this house!

    Personally, I think your churros look tasty and it was a nice gesture to give him an extra!

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    • Your Christmas Clumps sound delicious, Bijoux! My mom had many baking flops, and it seems to be hereditary. This post was only one story of many I could tell. :/

      Thanks for your vote of it being a nice gesture. Wish I knew how he took it!


  6. wow…wow…me and my friend who does bjj reacted to this post together and we did some good laughing lol. Bet they tasted amazing tho, I love churros

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  7. hahaha I lol’d at the caption of the “intestines” pic LOL but from what I gather, they tasted MUCH better than they look? πŸ™‚ no harm done, I would’ve eaten 10 of them! Yum!!! :{) The pic of the “purple surprise” looked deliciously moist!!!!

    I say it was a grand gesture, for sure! πŸ™‚

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  8. You are a brave lady to make churros!
    Fortunately I grew up with churros, as a given fact of life, you will buy them all over town on specific corners, on every town mostly near church, a market, or a plaza, and you just walk and buy as many as you care to buy, right out of the frying oil big pan they use, and throw into the sugar, and cinnamon some of them they will sell you chocolate, but in truth, people take them home by the rosca, and have them as a dessert after early breakfast before goin to work, or school, but you can buy them at night too, there’s always places where you can find them, to say there were a favorite of mine during my childhood, it was a fact, specially I liked the ones made at one of my Grandmother’s town, they were incredible good, best than anywhere else, and all churros are good. So you do not have to cook them, unfortunately the ones you get in the USA commercially are not half as good, and that is to put it generously.

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    • What a fun childhood you must have had! I missed out on churros, since I grew up in rural Ohio. πŸ˜› This was my first time making them, and you’re right about them always tasting good. Fortunately! Even if they don’t look so great. :/ Thanks for the read and the comment!

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      • Well, they are very good, but since i do not make them like you, and not very healthy food, and now live in a place where there’s but two places where they sell them, and both are pretty far away, I have not have them in at least three, or four years.
        When as young I could get them easy at different places, not here.

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  10. Leave the artsy fartsy presentation to those who wanna look at food rather than eat it. Pfft.

    The point is you you made sumpin’ tasty! And I’m sure everyone appreciated it.

    This post also feels like it could be a chapter in a future parenting book. If that happens, your can also write off all the cooking supplies on your taxes. So you got that going for ya, too!

    Well done! (and no injuries!) YAY!

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    • Oooh, did I not mention that I burned my finger on the hot oil four times? Haha. Minor burns, though. πŸ™‚

      Very funny about the taxes, Mike. If only that were my game plan. Oooh, better idea: write a book about martial arts as a woman over 40. That’s an even BIGGER tax write off for all these classes. Hmmm…


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