Recently, I was invited to a Mexican food-themed dinner party. Everyone was bringing their favorite Mexican dish, and I, as always, volunteered to provide dessert. I really wasn’t sure what to do though. I started thinking about my favorite Mexican restaurants, and what delicious meal-ending sweets I’ve enjoyed there…
My first thought was fried ice cream. I haven’t had it in years, and it has always been near and dear to my sweet heart. But I don’t own a deep fryer, and I foresaw the giant ice creamy mess that would certainly ensue. So that was out. Then I remembered Churros. Again, the first recipe I came across called for a deep fryer, but thinking back to the only other time I made them, which was in pastry school, no deep fryer was needed. We just heated up the oil to the proper temperature (which is key in this case) in a large pan, and dipped them in. I consulted my text book to be sure, and so it was written.
I wound up combining two recipes into one, and added my own cinnamon sugar topping. The results? Perfecto!
My homemade Churros were a huge hit at the dinner party, and will definitely be called upon again for future dessert needs, whether it be a Mexican-themed party, or any event where a sweet treat is required (which is pretty much any event, in my book).
Cinnamon Sugar Churros.
What you’ll need:
1 cup water
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
additional vegetable oil (for frying)
1 cup sugar + 1 tblsp cinnamon (combined)
What you’ll do:
Depending on how big you want your churros, fill a saucepan or deep frying pan with oil, at least two inches high (enough to completely cover the churros). In a separate saucepan, combine water, oil, salt and sugar, and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Once the water mixture boils, remove from heat and pour into the flour/baking powder, stirring vigorously until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a solid ball – it should form a thick dough. At this time, begin heating the oil until it is between 350 and 375. Fit a pastry bag with a large star tip, and pipe logs of dough directly into the oil. You can make them as long or as short as you like. Fry them until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oil, and place on a paper towel. While still warm, coat in cinnamon sugar. Churros are best when served right away – they start to get “chewy” if kept for any longer than a day.