Chocolate and Churros, Madrid, Spain

Chocolate and Churros, Madrid, Spain

A ‘Churro’ – sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut – is a popular fried dough snack which is normally eaten for breakfast accompanied by a bowl of thick hot chocolate or a good café con leche. The ingredients for the typical churro couldn’t be simpler: A mixture of flour, water and salt. Once the mixture is prepared it goes into a ‘churrera’ (special churro making machine) which then squeezes the doughy mixture into a large fryer where it’ll remain until crispy and crunchy.

It is typical breakfast fare, but at Chocolateria San Gines, a cafe in Madrid, it is served all day long (literally, as in the place is open 24 hours). The churros are light, crisp and eggy, not dense or overly sweet, and they go perfectly with the thick, rich chocolate sauce that they are served with. The chocolate served here is somewhere between hot chocolate and hot fudge in consistency, and is as great for sipping as it is for dunking churros.

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