When I started my blog almost a year ago
one of the things I mentioned was that
when I am stressed I usually head for the kitchen.
Not to eat but to escape.
Yesterday was for sure an escape day.
All my big plans of studying and photographing
were brought to a sudden halt with one phone call.
" Mom I was playing volleyball and spiked the ball but
when I landed my foot went sideways and I heard a crack,
please come and get me right now!"
"Okay, don't panic" is what I say to myself.
I quickly throw my just freshly washed hair into a
ponytail ( this will be a nightmare in itself to deal with later)
and run out the door.
Luckily the school is close by but the hospital
is not. It was a long drive with a moaning
child in pain.
Four hours later we are back home, with
a severe sprain. And then it begins...
" Mom, can you? "
"Well of course I can my sweet little chicken."
(insert rolling eyes here)
Once I had gotten his highness comfortable and
a little doped up on pain killers, it
seemed like a really good time to be
distracted in the kitchen.
Actually it worked out fine because I needed
something to share with you all and
my little chick needed something
comforting to take his mind off his
I have been wanting to try a "baked"
version of a churro because I am quite terrified of
deep frying...( no judging please )
And why not make it interesting and
slightly more healthy with a sweet potato?
And of course a dash of bourbon just makes
it even better as bourbon always does.
SWEET POTATO CHURROS : makes about 20 (3 inch)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 -3 tablespoon bourbon
3/4 cup sugar
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F
Line cookie sheet with parchment
In a large sauce pan add butter, water and salt.
Bring to a slight boil then add flour stirring
constantly over low heat until it makes a smooth paste.
Stir in mashed sweet potato, mixing well.
Remove from heat.
Using a hand mixer add one egg at a time beating well.
When eggs are all incorporated stir in vanilla and bourbon.
Using a large piping bag, pipe out 3 inch logs.
Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.
Checking that they do not get too brown.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
Stir together the 3/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon in
a shallow medium size dish.
Brush churros with melted butter then toss
gently in sugar mixture.
Serve with Dulce de Leche or melted chocolate.
Best when they are warm.