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Oh Switzerland, how I miss you!

I don't know why but today (ok, I know why...damn you pandemic <fist shaking!!!>), all I want to do is travel! Another contributor to this yearning is that I found an old memory card for my camera that I thought was lost forever. It was in my desk drawer - I don't always keep things in obvious places so you can see why I couldn't ever find it. Moving on. On this card were pictures of my trip to Switzerland and it completely brought me back to that time. I am terrible about taking pictures and then doing absolutely nothing with them (forehead slap - I miss my emoji's). So here are a few of my favorite shots:

As you guys know by now, I definitely associate food with memories. One of my most favorite memories of Geneva was walking by the water and running across this sidewalk vendor that was making hot fresh churros and serving them with a warm Nutella sauce. The Nutella alone would have sold me but the old couple working the cart was just the CUTEST! They had been married for 40 years and were so adorable. You literally could see the love they still had for each other in their small touches with each other the looks that they would share. Like they knew each other's thoughts without words. They loved meeting tourists and finding out more of people's backgrounds and stories. I went back to their stand for the yummy churros but more so to just chat with them on my daily walks. By far, everyone in Geneva was super friendly and the memories were fantastic...oh, except I wouldn't say that I loved paragliding off the side of a mountain (I get motion sick and are not thrilled with heights!) but I did meet some cows like in a cheese commercial! Spoiler: I survived but just barely.

So I feel like I should make a tribute to my awesome and amazing trip. What better way than to try and attempt to make homemade churros for the first time ever?? Also, because I am not a fan of deep frying, of course I will need to find a recipe where I can use my air fryer because why make it easy?? This is quarantine - everyone has the time! Oh, unless you are home schooling children while working from home full-time. I don't even know what to say to you (I'm so sorry comes to mind!).


I do know of a way to make you feel better though! You should make these churro recipes. Like right now. Like you really need this in you life!!! I am totally working on a video for this recipe but I just ate like so many churros, it's hard to breathe. You guys are lucky that I decided to burn a few calories by typing up this recipe. It really shows how much I care about ya'll. Seriously, these were amazing and made in the freaking air fryer!

Essential Churros with Melty Nutella


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • oil spray

DIRECTIONS:

  • Put a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet and spray with oil spray.

  • In a medium saucepan add water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add flour to the saucepan. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula cook until the dough comes together and is smooth.

  • Remove from heat and transfer the dough to a mixing bowl. Let cool for 4 minutes.

  • Add eggs and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until dough comes together. The mixture will look like gluey mashed potatoes. Use your hands to press lumps together into a ball and transfer to a large piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped tip.

  • Pipe churros onto the greased baking mat, into 4-inch lengths and cut end with scissors.

  • Refrigerate piped churros on the baking sheet for 1 hour.

  • Carefully transfer churros with a cookie spatula to the Air Fryer basket, leaving about 1/2-inch space between churros. Spray churros with oil spray. Depending on the size of your Air Fryer you have to fry them in batches.

  • Air fry at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

  • In a shallow bowl combine granulated sugar and cinnamon.

  • Immediately transfer baked churros to the bowl with the sugar mixture and toss to coat. Working in batches. Serve warm with Nutella served in an adorable small cast iron pan so it is all kinds of melty and delicious!

NUTRITION INFORMATION (based on 8 servings)

calories: 204kcal | carbohydrates: 27g | protein: 3g | fat: 9g | saturated fat: 5g | cholesterol: 61mg | sodium: 91mg | potassium: 31mg | sugar: 15g | vitamin a: 295iu | calcium: 13mg | iron: 0.9mg


I didn't create this amazingness...I got the recipe from platedcravings.com -- why reinvent the wheel right!? I did however purchase these absolutely adorable mini cast iron skillets. Somehow I am going to use them A LOT! Why? Because I love miniature things!


I will post the video when I actually finish it! Ok, time to hit the treadmill (wahhh)!




LINK TO ALL THE THINGS:

Mini Cast Iron Pans

Air Fryer



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