If you have traveled to Spain, Mexico, Portugal, France or in the Southwestern United States, like my city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you may have experienced the churro: a delicately fried pastry that is crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Some recipes begin with a pâte à choux, but the recipe we used for a "Cooking with Essential Oils" class at my friend Nubia's home is eggless and just four ingredients: water, sugar, salt, and flour.
Like a choux base, you boil the water, add the sugar and salt. When the sugar is disolved, you take the saucepan off the heat and slowly mix in the flour with a wooden spoon. It will have the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Most recipes will recommend you cool the dough, load it into a pastry bag, and (one-by-one) pipe and cut each churro in a pot of 375-degree, bubbling hot vegetable oil. With my "fear of frying," this takes me out of my comfort zone. And the thought of using this method in a cooking class of 10-12 people launches me to a place that's more like the Twilight Zone.
Here's the recipe, but please do continue reading as we share a two great technique tips and a safety note about using essential oils in recipes . . .
a better way . . .
At Nubia's suggestion, we decided to try a technique from America's Test Kitchen. Instead of loading the dough into a pastry bag and piping/cutting each churro, one-by-one, directly into a pot of bubbling hot oil, it recommends pre-piping the entire batch onto a cookie sheet.
While the dough is still warm and pliable, load the dough into the pastry bag, then pipe onto a cookie sheet. With an #8 tip, we piped our churro sticks at about 4-inches in length.
essential oils used in our churros and chocolate
We used our trusty brand of pure, culinary grade Cinnamon essential oil to make our sugary coating for the churros and for one of our dipping-sipping chocolate flavors. The other dipping-sipping chocolate, served in four bowls, featured: Myrrh and espresso, Peppermint, and Wild Orange.
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The only brand we recommend using as an ingredient in food and beverage, is doTERRA. These are pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are clearly labeled as "supplements" ~ look for the "Essential Oil Supplement/Supplement Facts" on the side of the bottle to be sure they are safe for ingesting.
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Click here to download the recipe for our churros and chocolate.
Today, I started an essential oil regimen to help with my chronic sinusitis. In addition to my medications, which aren't helping much lately, essential oils will become part of my everyday routine to stay clear, alert, and breathing.
Here is the regimen I started today featuring the dynamic trio of:
lemon, lavender and peppermint ...
shower or bath?
Step 4 of the daily regimen winds down for an evening of restful healing. If you are not sure whether to shower or bathe, maybe the tips below will help you decide.
A shower, instead of a bath, is the best choice if you have been outdoors. It may not be visible, but pollen can stick to hair and can make you uncomfortable and restless through the night.
If you have a tub-shower combo, run the bath until the water is warm, plug up the tub to fill the bath by an inch or so, add a drop or two of peppermint, stepping inside and switching to the shower setting. The aroma from the peppermint will help clear your sinuses and your feet will get a special treat.
A bath before bed can be luxurious and healthy. Make your own bath salt -- start with a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of epsom salt and two drops of peppermint (for extra sinus relief and to soothe tired feet) or lavender for a relaxing, spa-like experience.
next journal entry ...
Expect another blog, or journal entry, in a few weeks where I will share my progress, challenges, and rewards as the new regimen continues. I will be adding Breathe and other essential oils and blends to the mix and experimenting with techniques such as diffusing.
Wish me luck for success and wellness.
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