Learn how to make churros the super easy way with just a few simple ingredients to get the most spectacular dessert for Valentine's Day or any other occasions. The churros are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and are nicely coated with cinnamon sugar, then dipped into a delicious homemade chocolate dipping sauce for the ultimate dessert recipe.
Churros (singular form churro) is a delicious deep-fried dough, and a very popular dish in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cuisines. They resemble long and thin sticks, and have a ridged surface that helps them crisp up beautifully.
Churros are best served hot sprinkled with plenty of cinnamon sugar, and dipped in a smooth chocolate sauce - or just drizzled with chocolate sauce. Believe it or not, churros are usually enjoyed for breakfast, although if you ask me, I think they are best served as a heavenly indulgent dessert.
More is less, and the best churro dough is based on two simple ingredients: hot water and plain flour. It's a thick dough that requires a sturdy piping bag fitted with a star nozzle to get those famous ridges.
The churros are then fried in a neutral oil until golden brown and perfectly crispy - do make sure you use kitchen scissors to cut them before they are dipped into the hot oil, frying churros can be a rather dangerous job.
How to make churros
These homemade churros are absolutely brilliant, and the dough itself has no dairy or eggs, which make the churros vegan and eggless.
- in a bowl, sift the flour, add the baking powder and mix well
- pour in the hot water and oil and use a spatula to mix everything into a thick dough - do not knead the dough by hand as at this stage it's quite hot
- heat up the oil in a large frying pan/pot
- transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle - double up the piping bags if they are not that strong to avoid the bags bursting
- pipe out dough sticks of about 10 cm long and use kitchen scissors to cut them out
- fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown
- transfer to a large plate lined with kitchen towel to soak up the excess oil
- in a small bowl, mix the cinnamon with the sugar, then coat each churro well
- serve hot with chocolate sauce
Tips and tricks
If you like doughnuts, you will definitely fall in love with churros. Their texture remind me of the delicious Super Easy No Yeast Beignets Recipe, which are also deep fried and served coated with sugar.
Churros are best served straight away, or within a few hours after frying, as they don't stay crisp for too long. By all means, they are still delicious, but not as crispy as they are straight out of the frying pan.
I served mine with his fantastic How To Make Chocolate Dipping Sauce, but you can use any other chocolate sauce you have around. Or even just sprinkled with sugar only, they are still delicious.
Personally, I think they are the best romantic dessert this Valentine's Day, they are so scrumptious! For more delicious chocolate desserts, why not check my Luscious Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day.
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- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups vegetable oil
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl, sift the flour, add the baking powder and mix well.
- Make a well in the middle and add the boiling water and oil.
- Use a spatula to mix everything well into a thick dough.
- In a deep frying pan/pot, heat up the oil.
- Transfer the dough to a sturdy piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.
- Pipe a churro of about 10 cm /4 inches long, and use kitchen scissors to cut it in order to drop it in the hot oil.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden, then transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
- In a bowl, mix the cinnamon with sugar, and coat each churro well.
- Serve with chocolate dipping sauce.
- Piping bags are not as sturdy as they should be, if you find it tricky to pipe out the dough, double up the bags to make it stronger.
- Use a neutral cooking oil for frying up the churros, as a stronger oil like olive oil might change the taste slightly.
- Churros are best served straight away, while they are perfectly crispy, as when they cool down they tend to lose their crispiness.
- Click on the chocolate dipping sauce in the ingredient list to get the recipe for my homemade chocolate sauce.