Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mini Spanish Churros

You will need: 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar,  2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 2 quarts oil (for frying), piping bag & star tip. 

I must say that frying is not one of my preferred cooking methods.  The amount of grease and calories that come along fried foods, is usually enough to keep me away. However, there is just something about fried dough that cannot be replicated. Its warm melt-in-your-mouth texture is one of a kind. Throw in a little cinnamon, and you’ve created a simple thing of beauty.
Bring water, oil, salt, and sugar to boil. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, heat 2  qt. of oil to 375 〬F

There are many fried desserts out there, but there is one that is so iconic, you can find it almost anywhere: the Churro. The Churro is known for its crunchy exterior, and soft interior.  It can be served plain, but is usually rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Add flour to water mixture, and stir until a ball forms.

Although Churros are widely known as a Mexican treat, they actually originated from Spain. In Spain, they are commonly served for breakfast. With their arrival to North America, they evolved into a much more complex dessert. They are frequently filled with chocolate, dulce de leche, and other various fruit fillings.  They can even be seen topped with ice cream, and whipped cream.
Combine 3 tbsp. granulated sugar, and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and set aside 

In Spain, the Churro holds much higher meaning. It is a tradition that is taught to children of every generation. The professional Churro makers are well respected.  It is an art form that takes time to master.
Fill dough into a piping bag, and pipe into hot oil. Fry until golden brown. 

There are various versions of the Churro. Some include melted butter, cream, and eggs. I am partial to the classic Spanish version, which is  the recipe I chose to use. 
Allow the cooked churros to dry on plate, lined with paper towels ( to seep up any excess oil)
Dredge churros in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Tap off any excess. 
Serve with caramel, chocolate, or plain.



Tara said...

I love churros and those look so good.

Gourmet_Gal said...

Thanks! They are great, and surprisingly very easy to make!!!

Caty said...

YUM!!! Can't wait to try these! :)