Happy Lunar New Year & Pure Indulgence

Another Lunar Year Begins...

Today (07 Feb) is the first day of the Lunar New Year. I am again far away from home, so no real celebration this year. But hey, let´s keep the spirit up. So, Happy Lunar New Year everyone! I hope that the year of Rat will be a good one for all of us…


I have a lot of things to post about… My trip to Hanoi, a short one, but full of lovely moments and good memories. I satisfied my craving with the most delicious bowl of Pho I could find (sorry no photo of the food. I don´t really like taking photos when eating out). I didn´t have much chance to go around as I wish. But still, there are things coming up to share with you all. I promise!

My post today is a sweet indulgence. I know my blog is lacking of updates right now. A lot of factors, which I will share with you gradually. Let’s just now indulge ourselves in a really tempted dessert. Imagine fried donuts dipped in Dulce De Leche Sauce. Sound bad and tempted at the same time, right?

This is my first time making Dulce De Leche at home. And I swear to stay away from it for a long long time. This stuff is just highly addictive. I can really eat it everyday and become a real pig in a month. Luckily, this is only an occasional treat, which I think it is reasonably ok (when you want something sweet, it´s better to go for the tastiest one!). Anyway, making Dulce De Leche may require a bit of time, but it´s really worth it. Just don´t forget to top up the pan with water from time to time. Of course, if you lack time, a Nestle Caramel Condensed Milk is essentially the same thing. I love trying to make stuff at home (at least once!). It is, for me, the joy of cooking.

As for the churros, I decided to make the mini version. Churros can be really long (at least the ones I tried in Vic Market are!). Mine is easier to handle and fry. They make cuter presentation, too.

An addictive treat, which should be served in small quantities if you can! I am submitting this to the lovely event created by Tartelette and PeabodyTime to Make Donuts!”. I can only add: Eat your donut (occasionally!). But when you eat one, choose a best you can find!

Mini Churros with Dulce De Leche Sauce

Churros with Dulce De Leche Sauce

Recipe from Australian Gourmet Traveller, October 2007 Issue. Yield enough to sever 4-6 as a tapa.

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

275g strong flour (`00´ type preferred)

600ml water

1 tbsp salt

Veg oil, for deep-frying.

Dulce de Leche Sauce

200g can sweetened condensed milk. Unopened.

60 ml milk, warmed.

Method

Make the sauce first (best start the day before). Place the can of condensed milk in a large saucepan and cover completely with water, Bring to simmer and cook for 3+1/2 hours. Adding more water from time to time. Cool completely in water (do not open too early. The can may EXPLODE!).

The next day, combine the dulce de leche with milk and stir until smooth. Keep warm.

For the churros, combine oil, water and salt in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over med heat. Gradually add flour, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until the dough is smooth.

Heat oil until 160C. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a 1cm-fluted noozle and pipe the dough into the oil. Use the scissors to separate each churros. Fry until golden. Drain on paper towel. Serve warm or cold with the sauce.

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PS: Oops! Only one photo of the churros! But I hope you enjoy this view which I took during my flight from Sydney to Melbourne. “A view under cloud” as I call it. Not a perfect picture, but the idea makes me smile.

Under Cloud

43 Responses to Happy Lunar New Year & Pure Indulgence

  1. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous churros.

  2. Manggy says:

    Yowza! Those churros look perfect and that DDL is an inspired accompaniment! Nice work Anh :)

  3. Wendy says:

    Great to hear from you again, Anh! The churros sound delicious and with the accompanying sauce, wow. Must resist…

  4. Asha says:

    Happy new year to you! Churros, yum yum!!:))

  5. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Dulce de leche is such a huge passion of Brazilians, Anh!

  6. burcu says:

    Happy new year, Anh!

  7. Deborah says:

    I love churros, and topping them with dulce de leche sounds like a real treat!

  8. Mishmash ! says:

    Greetings of the season:) bookmarking the recipe :)

  9. Callipygia says:

    Gung Hay Fat Choy! I hope this is a great year for your family (even if you are far from your other home!) And I have that same thought about homemade dulce de leche. It is the year of the rat afterall…not the pig!

  10. Lydia says:

    Churros for the new year — what fun! Happy new year to you.

  11. sher says:

    Probably the most beautiful photo of churros I’ve ever seen! And the dulce de leche? Perfect. So glad you had that bowl of pho!

  12. Brilynn says:

    Those are definitely tempting and look delicious!

  13. Eva says:

    Oh, what a wonderful treat! Not long ago, I’ve bought two cans of condensed milk for making dulce de leche but nothing has happened yet. Now I really have to start!

  14. Peabody says:

    Happy New Year! Oh my, I love, love, love churros. I am afraid to make them at home because they will be all gone.

  15. gkbloodsugar says:

    Those are sensationally perfect looking Churros, Anh.

  16. Anh says:

    Barbara, thanks!

  17. Anh says:

    Oh and Eva. the blue notebook is a Donna Hay Diary. :)

  18. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I totally agree – when you splurge make sure it’s worth the splurge!

  19. Tartelette says:

    Happy New Year! They are mouth watering! Beautiful entry! I want to hear more about your trip!

  20. joey says:

    Pure indulgence is the perfect phrase to describe churros with a dulce de leche sauce…yum!!! My grandma (and great grandmother!) used to make dulce de leche…we all loved this treat growing up :)
    We don’t get it over here even if we have a subscription…criminy.

  21. Andaliman says:

    Gong xi fa choy, Anh

  22. Dhanggit says:

    Happy Lunar New Year!! churros with dulche de leche sounds great!! but i’d love mine with choco sauce + DDL :-)

  23. Ellie says:

    Gorgeous! And I agree, churros with dulche de leche are fantastic, though I haven’t tried them since Matt sent me a bottle from the US…I’m just scared of the whole exploding can of condensed milk think!

  24. aforkfulofspaghetti says:

    Yummy! I’ve never made churros – I’m going to have to try now. This recipe looks the business!

  25. Cynthia says:

    Happy new year to you too!

  26. ilingc says:

    Ahh churros such a wicked indulgence and with dulce de leche too it’s sooo sinful Anh!

  27. Kate / Kajal says:

    Kueng Hei Fat Choi to u as well Anh . now share those churos with all of us :)

  28. Bellini Valli says:

    These remind me of Mexico and warmer days 😀

  29. tigerfish says:

    Happy Lunar New Year!

  30. Starlet aka Minutestar says:

    Anh, your recipes are inspiring and mouthwatering!

  31. Dwiana P says:

    happy chinese new year!

  32. Johanna says:

    those churros look beautiful. In my family we call that sauce caramel sauce – duche de leche sounds much more exotic and intriguing.

  33. Cris says:

    Love churros!!! If you have a pressure cooker the time to cook the condensed milk into a gorgeous dulce de leche will be 20 minutes… :-)

  34. East Meets West Kitchen says:

    Great Churros, nice picture above the clouds, and Happy Lunar New Year to you!

  35. Gretchen Noelle says:

    I need to attempt making churros. This may be my inspiration! Thanks!

  36. Lucy says:

    I know I’m coming in late, but Happy New Year, dear Anh!

  37. M&Ms... says:

    Oh gosh – fantastic!! I have try to churros…been to spain a few times but never managed to taste. You are right, once in a while indulgence :)

  38. Cheryl says:

    I don’t know how I have gone this long without ever having a churro. Just amazing looking.

  39. Nora B. says:

    You are amazing, making your own churros, wow wow wow!

  40. Amy says:

    oh my gosh! Churros and DDL? This sounds absolutely heavenly Anh!

  41. valentina says:

    I’ve missed reading your lobg anh:)

  42. sher says:

    Happy New Year! I hope you have nothing but good fortune this year. And those churros are amazing, just like you!

  43. Arabic Bites says:

    look great.

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