Homemade Churros

Do you remember going to the grocery store with you mom as a child? My parents had a Costco card and every Saturday Costco employees gave out free samples all over the store (I think that’s why I’m addicted to the word ‘free’ now). Of course, that was the only time I actually volunteered to go to the grocery store with my mom – I didn’t like going because she shopped way too long. Anyway, back to the topic. I’ll never forget the first time I had a churro, they were giving out free samples and begged my mom to buy them. I was a child, so I’m sure a donut-like stick of pure sugar and cinnamon drove me off the wall.  The sugary sweet treat tastes delicious. Luckily, I’ve found an easy recipe that you can make with the kids.

Here’s what you need…

Mixer, tongs, butter, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, oil, water, salt, flour

1 cup – flour

½ cup - water

½ t - vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

2T- sugar

¼ t - salt

3 - eggs

Oil for frying (your choice)

Coating the batter

½ cup- sugar

½ cup- brown sugar

1/4 t – salt

1t- cinnamon

Let's get started

1.      First, get a separate dish to mix your ingredients for coating your churro. Mix the cinnamon, salt and sugar (½ cup of sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ t brown sugar, ¼t salt, 1t cinnamon). Then place it to the side, you won’t need it till after you fry the batter

2.      Now, gather quick dough in a saucepan over the stove (put on medium heat). Add the water, butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in the pan. Stir the ingredients until they have melted. Then add the flour and continue to stir until you’ve created a dough ball. Then put the hot dough in your mixer and allow it to cool for about 5 min before adding the eggs.

3.      Beat 3 eggs one at a time. Then add them to the dough ball you created. Mix it into the dough and put the batter into a piping bag with a large star tip.

4.      Add the oil of your choosing to a pan and make sure it’s hot, around 350-375 degrees.         ( you can make the churros as long or short as like, just make sure they can fit into to pan to cook properly)

5.      Then, pipe the batter into hot oil and fry them until it’s a crisp golden brown all the way around, be careful not to burn yourself or the batter. It should only take about 1 minute on each side to cook the churro properly.

6.      Now, use tongs to remove the churros from the oil and place them on a napkin to drip them and remove the excess oil.

7.      After draining the extra oil dip the hot crisp-like stick into your cinnamon sugar mix that you created at the very beginning. Be sure to cover the entire churro with the mixture.

8.      Serve and watch smiling faces enjoy your sugary treat.