Churros – sweet mexican snack

churro copyA churro, sometimes referred to as a mexican doughnut, is a fried dough pastry —predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Latin America and the United states.

Continuing with my tradition of bringing in new foods to our collection of “Divine Spice Box“, to me, this next recipe is a complete new take on how i thought making doughnuts at home was cumbersome. A person who is truly fond of texture, glaze, lustre and glitter jazz of show off foods, one of the first food items i fell weak for here were obviously doughnuts !! Difficult to describe my love for them in words, i would just say they make me want them !

As a couple, our favorite way of unwinding the daily stress is having a hot cup of coffee at a nearby coffee shop. Coffee shops have that scintillating aroma of fresh coffee beans that speaks comfort to me and with that any conversation becomes a lot more meaningful… or so i think 🙂

My first interaction with doughnuts in Montreal happened at this very coffee shop. Looking at the racks adorned with sweet doughnut treats, my heart leaped like a 5-year-old. Clearly i was really happy to help myself with a few.

doughnut shopJust a few days back, i was looking for creating my version of the doughnuts for a tea party at home. While searching i was constantly looking for a different variety of the same and came across ‘Churros’. The name really caught my attention and my curious self got busy looking for the recipe.

Most of the recipes i got were made using eggs but i made a batch without eggs and i was happy with the result. Later that evening i served them to my guests and they were delighted to have them.

Though churros are made in various countries, mexican churros are usually sprinkled with cinnamon sugar when warm & served with hot chocolate. I have tried many combinations with the various jams etc but the good old traditional way works best for me.

Unique, simple & minimal effort snack, Churros are simply irresistible. I simply love the snacky yet elegant look of this dish. Must give a try 🙂

Churros – sweet spanish snack

Churros

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 30 mins
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churro pic

Recipe

Makes about 12-15 churros.

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

For Churros

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk/water (I prefer to use milk for a rich texture)
  • 50 gms butter
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of soda-bi-carb
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Vegetable /Canola oil for frying
  • Piping Bag with star-shaped nozzle

For garnishing

  • 3 tsp sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder

For dip – chocolate sauce

  • 250 grams chocolate (dark+milk) – roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp golden syrup/honey
  • 200 ml heavy cream

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon powder for garnishing and keep aside.
  2. Now make the hot chocolate sauce. For this, take a pan and heat the chocolate till it melts. Now add in the golden syrup and heavy cream. Mix well till it blends well and keep aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients for churros. Now heat the milk/water to lukewarm and add butter to it. Mix till the butter melts. Now add the dry mixture into this bowl and fold nicely. This will form a cake batter consistency. The batter should not be too runny or you will not be able to extrude it through the piping bag.
  4. Now with the help of a ladle, fill the piping bag half way and attach the star-shaped nozzle.
  5. Meanwhile, take oil in a frying pan and heat.
  6. Extrude the churros in the hot oil and cut with scissors into the desired length. Fry till golden brown and crunchy.
  7. Remove and drain the excess oil by removing on kitchen paper/towel. Toss the hot churros in the sugar+cinnamon mixture.
  8. Serve hot with hot chocolate sauce.

Tip : For an even interesting variation, you could try make jam/jelly stuffed churros. For that, after the churros are fried and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, make a hole in the churros lengthwise with the help of a skewer and fill in the filling with the help of piping bag using a thin extrusion nozzle.

A happy serving of churros with hot chocolate sauce is bound to bring a big smile on your face and bring back the memories of your childhood days 🙂

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