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Viva Bella Interview with Eat Well

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I recently had the pleasure of talking with Chef Renee Schuler of Eat Well catering (www.eatwellonline.com) and we discussed the very fun and popular “late night snack” wedding trend at receptions. This snack is generally served between 10-11:00pm and helps to refuel guests as they dance the night away. One delicious sweet treat Eat Well offers is Churros, which have been a huge hit with brides and guests alike! Take a look at our fun video for fun late night snack ideas and watch Chef Renee whip up a quick batch of Churros right before your eyes. If your stomach is grumbling after watching this, you can make your own right here with Eat Well’s recipe they kindly provided! Thanks to Renee and the Eat Well team!
Recipe for Classic Churros from Chef Renee Schuler of Eat Well:

Ingredients
• 1 cup water
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup butter
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 2 large eggs (room temperature)
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground (or more, to taste)
• 2 quarts oil for frying (canola or vegetable oil)

Instructions
1. Preheat a pot of oil or the countertop fryer to 350 degrees.
2. Meanwhile, place the water, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan and heat until simmering
3. Remove from the heat, add the flour all at once and stir until completely incorporated and smooth.
4. Return the pan to the heat, and cook the paste (which will ball up on you) for two minutes. The dough will be shiny and when you touch it will not stick to your fingers.
5. Place the dough in the stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium heat beat the dough for a few minutes so it can cool down a bit
6. Add eggs on at a time, letting the first egg be completely incorporated before adding the second.
7. Last, add the vanilla, and beat to incorporate
8. Place the dough in pastry bag with star tip. Squeeze dough into hot oil, cutting it every two or three inches to form long strips of dough in the oil
9. While churros fry mix together the cinnamon and sugar and place to the side
10. Fry for 5- 6 minutes turning occasionally until churros are golden brown. Remove from the oil, drain on paper towels. Toss with cinnamon sugar until coated and serve warm.

Quick notes: If you prefer to make them in advance, then fry the churros, but do not toss with the sugar. When ready to serve, re-heat in a 375-degree convection oven for ten minutes. Remove from the oven, toss with cinnamon & sugar, then serve!
Number of servings (yield): 12

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