Golden and crisp on the outside, pillowy and soft on the inside, churros are strings of deep-fried dough pastry. Traditional in Spain and Portugal, churros are dusted with sugar and are often served with hot chocolate or dulce de leche, but are good to be had by themselves, as well.
A dessert that I can have unlimited refills of, without feeling guilty, even for a bit, churros are super simple to make and with my recipe, turn out to be brilliant each time.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter(if unavailable, used regular butter and omit salt)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1. Combine 1 cup of water with the butter and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour.
3. Reduce the heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.
4. Remove the dough from the heat and, while stirring constantly, gradually beat the eggs into the dough.
5. Put the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.
6. Heat oil in a pan.
7. Squeeze a 4- inch strip of dough into the hot oil. Repeat, frying 3 or 4 strips at a time. Fry the churros, turning them once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
8. Transfer the cooked churros to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
9. Toss the churros, when a little hot, in sugar and cinnamon.
10. Serve hot with Nutella, Hot Chocolate or Salted Caramel.
Interesting Fact: The dish gets its name after the churra sheep because the fried dough resembles the horns of the sheep.