Saturday, August 27, 2011

Churros

I have always loved the smell of churros. I have also always loved the taste of churros. This year we haven't gone anywhere that makes churros so I decided it was time to make some of my own. After a little research, I realized churros are super, duper easy to make. And they require hardly any ingredients. Woot! Woot! You do have to have a piping bag in order to make them. And you need a star shaped tip that is 1/2 inch wide. The tip is only about $1.00 at any craft store. And totally worth buying for these yummy churros!

2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon orange zest
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs

Heat the oil in a skillet until the temperature registers 350 degrees on a thermometer.

Combine the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a skillet, heat the butter, water, 2 teaspoons sugar, salt and zest over medium heat. Once it starts to boil, stir in the flour. Continue stirring until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a bowl.

With an electric mixer, beat the dough for 30 seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated, before adding the next egg. Let the dough cool slightly.

Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with the star tip. Pipe strips of dough into the hot oil. Fry the churros until golden brown, turn the churro and continue to brown the other side. Remove the churros and place on paper towels to drain. Immediately coat the churros in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately.

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