When visiting Madrid in Autumn, it’s hard not to notice the beautiful seasonal landscapes; but keep in mind the cold and rain that may come, too! How about getting warmed up and enjoying some hot chocolate and churros in a century-old restaurant? Maestro Churrero is an important part of Spain’s traditional cuisine, particularly during the colder months. The restaurant will wrap you up with Madrid’s atmosphere as you relax and enjoy the view of the city center. After eating some churros you’ll feel the warmth that you were craving!
A very Spanish experience at affordable prices
Your churros will be served in a snap from the moment you order! They’re traditionally served with no sugar, but you surely won’t regret sprinkling them with a pinch to add some more flavor. I really recommend you to add hot chocolate to your order, which is served at 80°C and has a creamy, thick consistency, perfect for soaking some churros in it. You will be able to enjoy an order for two, which includes six churros and two hot chocolates, for less than 5 EUR per person (approximately 5.3 USD). You’ll feel right at home, too, since people from around the city usually gather there with their loved ones to have a good time in the afternoons, creating a very welcoming environment.
Why are the churros bent?
Churros served with hot chocolate is a tradition that originated from a small clash of cultures: the Spanish contributed the bent churros, while Latin America contributed the hot chocolate, which was quickly adopted since it improved the taste of the churros so much. Although there is no official version to explain where the tradition came from, it is said that Spanish shepherds had no access to bread in the mountains and it occurred to them to mix flour, water and oil in a bonfire. This famous mix was shaped in a similar way to the horns of the Spanish native Navajo-Churro sheep, and that’s where the name “churros” comes from.
Churro variety won’t be a problem!
Adding a bit of imagination to the tradition resulted in wonderful and tasty varieties that you never imagined! You can find more elaborate churros like the “Churros MCH” which are sprayed with sugar and cinnamon, the famous “choco-churro” which is dressed in chocolate syrup. And my personal favorite: stuffed churros, filled with caramel or chocolate! If you have gluten intolerance you can find gluten free churros as well! Although the restaurant’s signature desserts are their churro varieties, you can find other types of common desserts as well.
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Taking the tradition with you
If you want to share the experience with your loved ones, don’t forget to buy the Maestro Churrero chocolate powder, which comes with a lovely lunch box. I recommend that you to buy it since it is a secret chocolate recipe that you won’t find anywhere else! If you want a small souvenir instead, you can buy one of their amazing cups that combine your visit to Maestro Churrero with your visit to Madrid.
Beat Winter cold with a very Spanish tradition
Having hot chocolate and churros is an experience that you can’t miss! You obviously don’t need to go to Maestro Churrero to enjoy it, but I highly recommend this place. If you go in the weekends, especially in the afternoon, you might find it a bit crowded and might have to wait for a table.
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