The Delicious Churros Recipe You Can Make Right At Home
If you’ve ever traveled to Spain, you know that there’s nothing like a churro. These crisp and warm sticks of dough are fried up right in front of your eyes, then rolled in cinnamon sugar for an irresistible treat that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. If you want to make them at home, though, it can be hard to find authentic recipes that work outside of Spain. So we’re here to help: We’ve developed our very own recipe for homemade churros, complete with tips on how to get the perfect texture and color, so it’s easier than ever before!
2 tablespoons (30 g) sugar
The sugar is used to enhance the flavor, help the churros to brown and crisp up, and help them stick together.
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the dough.
- Use fine sea salt or kosher salt.
- Salt helps to enhance the flavor of these churros, so don’t be afraid to use a little!
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla extract is used in many recipes for its fragrant and sweet flavor. It can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
- In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine the egg and water (or milk or oil).
- Add sugar and salt; whisk until combined.
- Sprinkle flour over mixture; stir until just combined (don’t overmix!). Set aside for 5 minutes and allow it to rest before using again (this step helps give you light, crispy churros).
3 tablespoons (42 g) butter, melted
- Melt the butter over low heat, either in a saucepan or in the microwave.
- Use 2 tablespoons of melted butter to coat each dough piece.
- Measure out 3 tablespoons of melted butter and add it to the flour mixture.
1 cup (125 g) all, purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Sift into another bowl if your kitchen has one or use a fine mesh strainer to sift through the mixture into another bowl, discarding any loose clumps that don’t make it through.
4 cups (946 ml) vegetable oil for frying
- Oil temperature is crucial to deep frying. You should be able to find a thermometer that fits on your deep fryer or pan, but if not, you can use an instant, read thermometer. If you don’t have one of these handy, there are other ways to tell when oil has reached the right temperature:
- It will shimmer slightly when you look at it through the side of your pan.
- It will bubble up quickly when you add batter with a spoon (this is why using ice water in the batter helps).
- It will start smoking slightly soon after adding batter; this is fine as long as it doesn’t smell like something burning!
Churros are also delicious with a sweet dipping sauce. The sauce is made from water, sugar, and cinnamon; it’s poured over the churros and used as a dip for them. You can make this dipping sauce in advance or keep it warm if you’re serving the churros immediately after frying them.
1 cup (240 ml) water
Water is the most common compound on earth. It makes up about 97% of our bodies, and it’s an essential part of life. Water is a tasteless and odorless chemical compound that’s found in all living organisms. This means that we need to consume it every day for survival. It also means that if you don’t get enough water, you’ll die! Water has many useful properties: it can dissolve other chemicals; it’s fluid; it has a high heat capacity (the amount of energy needed to increase its temperature); and ice floats on top of oceans, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water so they don’t freeze over completely during winter months when there isn’t much sunlight hitting them directly during daylight hours.
1 cup (200 g) sugar
Sugar is a sweetener. It’s made from sugar cane or sugar beets and is one of the most common ingredients in cooking. Sugar is also a preservative, so it helps keep food fresh for longer periods of time.
Sugar has many uses beyond being eaten by itself:
- As a sweetener, it enhances flavors in baked goods and other desserts (such as cookies).
- In marinades, it tenderizes meat while adding moisture to the final dish.
Warm and crisp churros, coated with cinnamon sugar, are easy to make at home.
Churros are a popular snack in Spain and other parts of Europe. They are easy to make at home, but you should be careful not to over, cook them as they can turn out tough. Churros can be served warm or at room temperature, with chocolate sauce, dusted with cinnamon sugar (as shown here), or simply sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
They may also be frozen for up to a week before being reheated in an oven set at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes. Churros are a perfect treat to make at home. They are warm, crisp and coated with cinnamon sugar. These churros will be a hit at any party or get together!