Picture the scene, you are strolling around the Sunday morning market close to your Costa Brava holiday rental and you happen to catch the scent of a deliciously sweet aroma coming from a local kiosk. Then you catch sight of locals dipping donut like sugary fingers into a cup of rich, warm hot chocolate and your mouth begins to water. You have just discovered Churros. Unbeknownst to most, you can also make this fabulous sweet treat easily from the comfort of your villa on the Costa Brava, here is the easiest way to ensure all of the family can enjoy a super sweet start to the day.
Firstly, boil the kettle and measure approximately 350ml of
water into a jug. Add around 50g of melted butter (for four servings, adjust as
applicable) and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then sift 250g of baking
powder into a bowl with a little pinch of salt and pour in the ingredients in
the jug and stir until smooth, then leave for around 15 minutes.
When it’s ready put all of the ingredients into a pan and
melt until your sauce is shiny and smooth, keep on a low heat.
Now fill a pan with one third of oil and heat a cube of
bread until it browns (usually around 1 minutes or less). Cover a tray with
greaseproof paper and mix 100g caster sugar and 2tsp of cinnamon together.
You will need a piping bag for the next part, around a 2 cm
nozzle tip is a good size for piping. Fill the bag with the rested dough and
pipe strips into the pan of oil and fry them until crisp and golden. Remove
with a draining spoon and place on the grease proof paper then continue to cook
the rest of the strips of dough. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and caster sugar
onto the finished churros and you are almost ready.
The sauce is prepared at the same time with dark chocolate
chunks, 100mls of double cream and the same of milk, a few tablespoons of
golden syrup and a little vanilla extract. Melt the chocolate and add the
syrup, cream, milk and vanilla and stir on a low heat until warm.
There you have it, quick and easy churros which you can
enjoy in your Spain vacation rental at any time of the day or evening.
If you’re staying in a villa on the Costa Brava in October, there’s one very important cultural festival that you shouldn’t miss. Although it’s officially known as the Autumn Festival, this big Catalan event has become much better known as the ‘Beer Festival’ thanks to the high number of international beers on tap.
As well as sampling more than 30 international beers, there are plenty of other activities at the Autumn Festival. One of the biggest draws to the festival is the range of artisanal produce which is available to sample and purchase (and which is great for enjoying back at your Costa Brava vacation rental at the end of the day!). There’s also live music in the form of brass bands and orchestras which you can dance along to. Don’t leave the festival without picking up a Beer Festival commemorative drinking mug!
Where to Stay
The obvious answer is to rent a house in Spain in the Platja D’Aro area, although the region can become quite crowded around the time of the festival. Thus, any villa on the Costa Brava would do, especially in the nearby towns of Palamós to the north and S’Agaró to the south.
Exploring Platja D’Aro
Even if you’re not a beer fan, Platja D’Aro is still worth exploring. This beautiful seaside town is home to one of Catalonia’s best beaches, offering fantastic swimming opportunities. It’s also home to the Magic Park amusement park with adrenaline-pumping rides! If you’d prefer a calmer, more relaxed holiday in Spain, then strolling the beachside Passeig Maritim is the ideal activity as it is flat enough walk to walk for any age and any activity level.