How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

taken with iPhone 4



Churros always seemed like magical creatures that could only be brought into being on the sticky carts at Disneyland or the sloping beaches of Rio de Janeiro. It had never occurred to me to even attempt that kind of gypsy magic (too sacred) until the day I saw this picture:

This photo of a churro ice cream sandwich from Churro Borough went viral on the Internet one unsuspecting day about two months ago, or as I refer to it, “The Day All Hell Broke Loose”. People (myself included) went crazy!!! This culmination of everything perfect in the world is quite literally such stuff as dreams are made on and I knew I had to at least give it a try.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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As it turns out, churros are the easiest flippin’ thing to make like EVER. To tell you the truth, throughout my Mexican cooking adventures, I have come to realize that most of the really amazing traditional dishes that we know and love are actually quite simple to make (like tortillas or posole, for example). Once I saw how basic the recipe was, I had a feeling that converting them to gluten-free would be a cinch. Plus, I kinda owed it to my sister, who has been forced to watch my two other sisters and I gorge ourselves on churros for the past several years without being able to join in on the gluten-filled gluttony. Her time had finally come.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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After I took a bite of the first gluten-free churro I made, still piping hot from the frying pan and freshly coated in cinnamon and sugar, I squealed and laughed and did an Irish jig. Seriously! I then nervously called my sister over to see if she would give them her gluten-free seal of approval.  “Mmmmm,” she murmured, slowly and blissfully in between bites, “Just like I remember them.” Maybe I cried and maybe I didn’t.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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I’ve majorly lagged it in getting this post published because I accidentally deleted all the churro photos I took on my DSLR and was feeling super mopey about it :( Sorry dudes! Hoping these stupid iPhone photos aren’t too annoying and that this slew of recipes will make it up to you…

Without further ado…

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Homemade Whipped Cream

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Whip the heavy cream and the powdered sugar in a mixer until stiff peaks form. Ummmm yeah that’s it. Fresh whipped perfection.

Use for churro-dunking.

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Jalapeño Simple Syrup

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar
1 jalapeño, sliced with seeds removed

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and 1 cup water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the jalapeño and let sit for 1 hour or overnight. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator until using.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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Plain Ol’ Cinnamon Sugar Churros

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour (I had success with Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour and King Arthur’s GF All-Purpose Baking Mix. I also tried this recipe with JUST almond flour and another time with a mixture of GF flours — tapioca starch, rice flour and millet flour — those two times were epic fails).
2 quarts oil for frying
1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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Churro Ice Cream Sandwich

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Use the churro recipe above to make your dough. Rather than piping strings of dough directly into the frying pan, pipe the dough into a swirl onto a spatula (pic above). Lower the spatula into the frying pan and shake it to drop the churro into the oil.

Fry until golden; drain on paper towels. Let cool before assembling the sandwich.

To assemble, kick it old school by grabbing a fat scoop ice your favorite ice cream and squeezing it between two churro swirls. I just made that word up, btw. If you want to get fancy (and I always do) try this method by Lauren Conrad, which entails slicing through the cardboard of the bottom of an ice cream pint. TBH it’s much messier than Lauren makes it look.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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Chocolate Espresso Churros

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Use the churro recipe above, but add one teaspoon of espresso powder and two tablespoons of cocoa powder when you add the cup of flour at the end. Dust with powdered sugar. These were my little sister’s favorite.

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Strawberry Jalapeño Churros 

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

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Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 jalapeño, sliced with seeds removed
1 cup all-purpose flour (I had success with Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour and King Arthur’s GF All-Purpose Baking Mix. I also tried this recipe with JUST almond flour and another time with a mixture of GF flours — tapioca starch, rice flour and millet flour — those two times were epic fails).
3 strawberries, minced
2 quarts oil for frying

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in the jalapeño and let sit for at least one hour.

How to Make Gluten-Free Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Other Sexy Churro Recipes

Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball. Toss chopped strawberries and mix until just combined.

Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.

You could coat these with cinnamon/sugar but I liked them plain or with whipped cream. I think they would be nice with a strawberry glaze as well.

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Well, that’s all folks. Please let me know if you try any recipes! Tag me on Instagram: @cocinadecella

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Product Review: Glutenetto Gluten-Free Italian Cookies

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Once upon a time, a year or so before my parents were blessed with the sweetest bundle of joy they could have ever imagined (me), they lived in a shitty little apartment in Pasadena down the street from a family-owned Italian bakery called Federico’s. My older sis lived there too but she’s not part of the story!!!!!!!!! Yet.

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25 years later, this bakery is still a favorite of my family’s (a pink cardboard box filled to the brim with handmade Italian treats is a requirement for my dad’s birthday every year andddd okay also for every time I drive down East Colorado Blvd.). Where does my sister enter the story, you ask? A few years ago, when she developed a serious allergy to wheat, preventing her from being able to enjoy the gourmet goodies that had become part of our family’s tradition.

Enter Glutenetto.

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I stumbled upon Glutenetto Gluten-Free Italian Cookies a few weeks ago when I was at the CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo in Pasadena. It’s a funny story, actually… While I did try some yummy things at the expo, I was mostly disappointed with the baked goods I tasted there. You see, my motto about gluten-free baking is, if it TASTES or FEELS gluten-free, it is not a successful recipe. And most of the things I tried there just tasted and felt wrong.

So when a rep from Cookies Con Amore offered me a cookie from their gluten-free line, Glutenetto, you might understand why I took the sample, thanked them politely and walked away to taste it some place where they wouldn’t see my unimpressed expression. After all, I KNOW good Italian cookies — I grew up eating some of the best around! There was no way these pretty-looking, gluten-free impostors could compare.

Boy, was I wrong.

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I took one bite of the cookie in my hand and literally RAN back to the booth with the biggest smile on my face to tell them how much I enjoyed it! I’m actually pretty sure my eyeballs popped out of their sockets because I was so shocked at how good these were. They tasted JUST like the Italian cookies I grew up eating! Fernanda Capraro, co-founder and head baker at Cookies Con Amore, was actually standing at the booth and I just remember standing there with my eyes lit up/popping out, thanking her profusely for baking these amazing cookies that my sister could eat.

Fernanda and her husband Angelo both grew up in a small village in Southern Italy, where their families were known for their cookies. They moved to California in the 70s, opened a few restaurants and then, in 2005, finally decided to devote themselves to the thing they loved most and opened Cookies Con Amore. Thank baby Jesus for that! You can purchase these cookies at Whole Foods and many gourmet grocery stores in the U.S. You can also order directly from the Cookies con Amore online shop where their entire line of classic, gluten-free, sugar-free and seasonal cookies are available.

Want 20% off your order? Enter AMORE4CELLA at check out! 

Scroll down for my comments on each cookie & try not to drool on your laptop kaythanksssss

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The above two pics are from my Instagram, @cocinadecella. I wish I took a picture of that cookie on the right with my DSLR because it was hands down my favorite. It is just that I snapped a pic with my iPhone and then got too excited to wait to take more with my real camera soooo I ate it and that’s what happened. It is called a raspberry linzer and it is a butter cookie with raspberry jam. So simple yet so good. They remind me a lot of my favorite cookie from Federico’s, which is probably why they hit a sweet spot for me. If I had to choose just one cookie from the Cookies con Amore variety box, I would order boxes on boxes of these without blinking.

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You are probably familiar with the cookies above, known to some as “snowballs,” known to others as “Mexican wedding cookies,” and known to Cookies con Amore simply as “wedding cookies” (my family, Americanized-Mexicans as we are, call them snowballs). We actually bake these snowball cookies every year during the holidays and everybody always raves about them. Well, GUESS WHAT! The Glutenetto ones are WAY better than the ones my family makes! Wayyy better! Yeah, I said it! Yeah I said it twice, got a problem with that! The biggest difference is that we use almonds in ours and these ones feature pecans. The texture is dead on (difficult for gluten-free cookies) but I think the hint of lemon zest might be what throws these over the edge. These are a must buy.

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These are the reginettes – crunchy butter cookies coated with sesame seeds, with a strong lemony flavor. I liked these (you can never go wrong with a butter cookie!) but my sister is allergic to sesame seeds so I don’t think we’ll be ordering them again.

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I think you can tell how much I like the cookie based on the picture I took of it. Don’t these amaretti cookies look delicious? The cool thing is that amaretti cookies are traditionally gluten-free, which means this recipe didn’t require any weird tinkering. In fact, it is probably the same recipe used by Fernanda’s grandma in Italy! They get their structure from almond and macaroon paste, which results in a deliciously chewy texture (reminiscent of the texture of a French macaron shell). I love the strong almond flavor of these but if you are not into almond extract, they might rub you the wrong way. I also love the crisp exterior and how they are coated in sugar crystals. These were my second favorite cookies of the bunch and I strongly recommend them!

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This is a polentine, a crispy corn flour cookie rolled with raspberry jam. My sister is allergic to corn so she wasn’t able to eat them (more for me muhahaha). They were good but I think I wish they had more jam?

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These are ricciarelli(s?), traditional Tuscan wedding cookies. Also flourless, they are made from ground almonds and whipped egg whites. I preferred the chocolate one to the vanilla one (we thought it tasted kinda like a tootsie roll haha) but they weren’t my favorite.

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These were yummmmmmm. They are called nonnines, so I’m thinking they were named after Fernanda’s grandma? Besides the cute-ass name, these adorable little cookies have a soft, light texture and a thin/crispy/lemony/sugary shell. Amazing texture and flavor combo. These are also a must buy.

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What kind of Italian cookie assortment would this be without biscotti? There is a double chocolate one and a chocolate chip one. (P.S. people who put chocolate in everything are the best kind of people, am I right or am I right?). To be totally honest, I never really got the appeal of biscotti haha but I used to work at a bakery back in the day and these biscotti were as good as any I’ve ever tried, so that’s saying something, right? Ideal for coffee dunking, I think.

Have you ever tried cookies from Glutenetto? If not, do you think you would ever try them? What about Italian cookies in general — which kind are your favorite? 

P.S. Do you have an Instagram? Let’s be friends! @cocinadecella

P.P.S. Cookies con Amore sent me a package of complimentary cookies to review for this blog; all opinions are my own.

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La Lore’s Salsa Fresca

la lore's salsa fresca

This salsa is so good that I literally know a few people who prefer to drink it straight from a mug! When I was a kid, I remember that my mom used to make ridiculously large batches every weekend and package it up for neighbors, friends and family who submitted orders to her — FO FREE! (00:50 – 01:13). I really thought she would one day be famous for it.

la lore's salsa fresca

There are a million different kinds of salsa out there and sooo many good ones (my favorites are roasted chile salsa and tomatillo salsa) but there is just something unique about my mom’s; I’ve never tasted one like it. I think it is just the particular ratio of tomatoes to onions to lime juice to avocado that gives it such incredible flavor. Also, have you ever seen a salsa with avocado??? (omg besides avocado salsa, people). We all know that avocado is the most perfect, creamy companion to any food but it really shines in this salsa, where it balances out just enough of the bite of the jalapeño.

la lore's salsa fresca


This salsa is a great as an appetizer with tortilla chips, as a complement to any Mexican dish or, my personal favorite, atop any egg-based breakfast dish. My mom will dump the entire bowl onto whatever she happens to be eating at the moment but she is a special kind of person… Anyway, I hope you try! This really is a one-of-a-kind recipe and I’m sure you’ll love it :) ¡Buen provecho!

la lore's salsa fresca

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5 tomatoes
5 jalapeños*
1 stalk of green onions
1 bunch of cilantro
4 cloves of garlic
3 avocados
3 *small* limes
salt to taste

*this yields a medium-spicy salsa. If you would like it to be mild, remove seeds and reduce jalapeño count to four. If you like it hotter, you know what to do ;)

la lore's salsa fresca


use a food processor to blend the onions, jalapeños, cilantro leaves (removed from stems), garlic, salt and tomatoes

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dice three avocados and toss into the salsa

juice 4 small limes and add to the salsa as well. this also keeps the avocado fresh! i added too much lime juice so ignore the puddle in that picture

la lore's salsa fresca

dip yo chips and enjoy! Yeah, that’s really it. Super easy, super tasty. I might add that having a paloma in hand doesn’t hurt…

la lore's salsa fresca

What kind of salsa do you prefer — a fresh tomato salsa, roasted chile salsa, prickly tomatillo salsa or a creamy avocado salsa? I’d love to know your favorite recipe! Share in the comments below >>>>>>>>

 

P.S. Do you have an Instagram? Let’s be friends! @cocinadecella

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