Who doesn’t love fried stuff? If you’ve never had the pleasure of having one, the churro is a Mexican treat consisting of fried doughnut sticks covered in cinnamon and sugar. And they’re so tasty! While in my baking skills class at culinary school we actually learned how to make them, and let me tell you, they are out of this world. Homemade churros are so much better than the processed kind you can find at sporting events and food carts.
Homemade churros aren’t that difficult to make, as it turns out. Sure, it would be cool (but also very dangerous) to have a deep fryer in my kitchen, but these are also easily fried on your stovetop. My baking instructor passed some helpful tricks to us in class, and I’m happy to pass these on to you. First you start with eclair paste (pate a choix), then you pipe the paste into long strands, then you chill it, then deep fry it, and then roll it in cinnamon sugar. Yes, they may not be very good for you, but that’s exactly why they taste so good.
Ever since I made them in school I’ve wanted to try them again at home. I have a friend who absolutely loves churros and when she had her birthday last week I thought they would be a fun treat.
Adapted from On Baking
8 fl oz whole milk
8 fl oz water
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
5 to 7 eggs
Cinnamon sugar, as needed
Chocolate Fudge Sauce for dipping (recipe follows)
In a medium saucepan melt the butter, then add in the milk, sugar and salt. Bring the mixture just to a boil and removed from heat. Mix in the flour and stir until it becomes a thick paste. Return the saucepan to medium heat and stir continuously for several minutes as the paste dries out. When the paste is just starting to leave a film residue on the saucepan, remove from heat and put the paste into a bowl of an electric mixture.
Mix on low and allow the paste to cool to about 180 degrees or below. Once the paste has cooled, add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. You want the paste to be shiny and come off the beater in thick strands, it will not clear the bowl. You may not need all of the eggs to get to this stage, I think I only used 6.
Immediately put the paste into a piping bag and pipe into about 6 inch lengths onto a paper towel, I did two churros per paper towel. Meanwhile, bring a heavy-bottomed pot filled with vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Chill the piped paste before frying, as this helps to keep their shape. I put them on sheet pans in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
When you are ready to fry your churros, have your cinnamon sugar ready, as well as paper towels to absorb the oil. Now this is the tricky part, when your oil is hot, take the paper towel with the piped paste and carefully place it all face down into the oil. With a pair of tongs, grab an end of the paper towl and peel it away from the churros and oil. It may require a little jostling, but you should be able to remove all of the paper towel, leaving your churros behind. Using the paper towels keeps the churros straight, you may alternately pipe the paste straight into the oil for a more curly product.
When the churros are browned evenly, remove from oil and all them to dry momentarily on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Then roll them in cinnamon sugar. Eat them immediately with chocolate fudge sauce (see recipe below).
Chocolate Fudge Sauce
From On Baking
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pound bittersweet chocolate
Combine the cream, corn syrup, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to just a boil, stirring frequently. Chop the chocolate and add it to the saucepan. Stir until completely melted. Store well covered and refrigerated.
This is suce a great fudge sauce and would be delicious poured over ice cream or any other dessert.