One time I was browsing through Facebook when a picture posted by someone ( a friend of a friend’s friend) caught my eye. In the photo was a long queue of people in front of what seems to be an establishment inside a mall in Pampanga, my hometown in the Philippines. I was thinking that whatever they are selling must be really good! It made me really curious, so I googled the name of the said establishment to find out what is the craze about. I was amazed to find out that a lot of people are lining up to get their hands on some CHURROS!
I have never had churros myself before and that photo got me really curious about it and to find out what all the fuss is about, I decided to make some. For those who are as clueless as I am and wondering what churro is, well simply put it is a fried-dough pastry said to have Spanish origins, it is then covered in fine or powdered sugar, sometimes with cinnamon and usually comes with a dip, chocolate being the popular one. The ingredients are also very simple.
FRYING & COATING
- oil - - for frying
- 1/2 cup sugar - (fine or powdered)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 2 ounces chocolate - - cut into smaller pieces
- 5 fluid ounces all-purpose cream
- In a saucepan, combine milk, water, sugar, salt and butter together then bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat once it starts to boil.
- Stir in the flour immediately to the liquid mixture and stir gently until a loose dough forms that pulls away from the sides of the pan.
- Transfer dough to a mixing bowl and let it cool down for 3-5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate dip by placing the chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl, heat for 10 seconds on high and stir until chocolate is melted. Pulse for another 5-10 seconds if needed.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat it into the dough with a whisk, or use an electric mixer.
- Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large 4 or 5 star tip.
- Heat oil in a deep pan (about 4 inch deep) over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, squeeze out about 5-6 inch of dough and using a pair of scissors, cut it on the other end dropping it to the oil. Fry 5-6 pieces at a time
- Fry 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place them on a plate covered with paper towels to remove excess oil. Roll or sprinkle the churros with the sugar-cinnamon mix.
- Serve while warm with the chocolate dip.