Drew Barrymore lives in our hearts without paying rent thanks to her roles in movies like ET, Scream, Donnie Darko, I have never been kissed either Charlie’s Angels. However, we also love her for her amazing life story and charisma. Of the latter, she gives a good account of it in her interview program where, precisely, she has just passed Spanish chef José Andrés to leave us a moment to remember (and make us hungry).
Chef José Andrés is one of the best ambassadors of our cuisine abroad and, thanks to him, many recipes have reached the United States. Although not only through Little Spain, his restaurant in New York where different Spanish chefs are present such as Dani García or Albert Adrià… Recently he has proven to be quite a showman in The Drew Barrymore Show.
It seems that the Asturian chef has gone through the actress’s program with a clear objective: put the famous xuxos on the mapa very typical fried sweet from Girona that consists of a thin and cylindrical dough that is then filled with cream, fried and sprinkled with sugar.
In this way, and with an ironic and funny tone, José Andrés effusively defends that this sweet from the north of Spain is much better than a croissant since, unlike the pasta of French origin, this one can be dunked without problems and whole in coffee, milk, chocolate or whatever you like. Something that, according to him, “cannot be done with a croissant without doing strange postures.”
@chefjoseandres Xuixos > Croissants, I don’t make the rules!! Showing my friend @Drew Barrymore the most amazing Spanish pastry. Try it for yourself at Mercado Little Spain in #NYC. #foodtok #pastry #nycfood ♬ original sound – José Andrés
And it is that dipping the sweet in the coffee is a very Spanish custom in breakfasts and snacks of those that give meaning to life. Also called suso, chucho or susú, This hearty pastry had already spread beyond Catalonia before reaching the Americas, also reaching certain parts of the Valencian Community and even Asturias.
Although, curiously, it is French-inspired as it looks very similar to the chou à la crème from the neighboring country. And it is that he is supposed to have been a French pastry chef who left this recipe in Catalan lands. A trip that continues now with the desire to eat a xuxo when seeing Drew Barrymore putting himself as the Spanish pastry Quico.
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