Taylor Foster, Heaven on Main Street
Taylor produces handmade all natural beauty products, including AP Sanitizer as well as vegan and gluten free baked goods in Bovina, New York. You can find Heaven on Main Street products at heavenonmainstreet.com.
Taylor Shares Her Experience
Since this whole thing started we decided to incorporate cooking classes into our ‘home school’. The first day, March 16th, Duncan (Taylor’s son) came to me with a churro recipe.
I thought, “really?! Churros?!” It’s not something I’ve ever made and wasn’t thrilled about sacrificing a bunch of my olive oil to fry in. But he was adamant. Churros.
He whipped them together himself and I helped with the frying.
They were phenomenal. Like – so, so good. We ate them all.
The next day he said again- churros!
I surrendered again and since then we’ve made them about 6 times.
I grew up in miami and there was a place I’d go to around Calle Ocho where you’d pull up and they’d come out and attach a tray to your car window. They’d bring out fresh baskets of churros and cups of thick hot chocolate to dip them in.
I loved going there. It was decadent yet simple. I could drive my car over there in high school and escape reality for a bit. I’d regularly go with my Cuban boyfriend and feel transported in time. Nothing mattered – problems dissolved. Just a sweet pocket of time sitting in my car – eating churros and hot chocolate.
Now here I was with my son, standing around the kitchen table eating fresh churros. Not a care in the world.
Thank you, Duncan.
I’ve learned gratitude for the simple moments. It may sound trite, and I may have to remind myself of it daily, but those small moments in time can be pure bliss.
I feel like this whole thing has brought forward more kindness and compassion. We are all connected. I’ve learned that even a small gesture of support can go a long way to truly making someone’s day. I’m amazed at my community and feel truly lucky to live here.
Taylor shares her Churros Recipe
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
– in a small pot, boil together and mix. Turn off heat.
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
-mix into water mixture. A wooden spoon works well. Cool 8-10 minutes.
3 ea eggs
1 ea egg yolk
-whisk into batter, mixing well.
Heat large pot of oil, filled about half to three quarters full- maybe 8 cups of oil? We used olive oil because that’s what we had. Oil at 375 – if you don’t have a thermometer – turn on high and leave about 10 minutes.
You’ll be able to tell once you pipe some dough in if it’s hot enough- it should immediately start sizzling and cook pretty quickly.
Put dough in pastry bag – a ziploc bag with a hole cut can be substituted.
We used a big star tip to get the ridged look – but we also busted two bags and had the tip fall into the oil pot. It’s all good – just keep going. We made balls – we made logs – but really, the thinner piped out ones cook best.
Have a bowl of cinnamon sugar ready. It’s your preference but we do about 2 cups of sugar to 1/4 cup cinnamon.
Once done frying – coat in cinnamon sugar.