Good churros are like good amigos. They’re sweet, you enjoy spending time with them, and they can only be found once in a blue moon. Boast all you like about the mountain of free doughnuts you have amassed over this month’s Roll up the Rim. We guarantee you that churros are better.
These fun-sized nibbles of crunchy dough will leave a delicate dusting of cinnamon-sugar upon your tongue. While traditionally served with hot chocolate, we think they hold their own with or without that little hint of liquid cocoa. Besides, nobody likes a soggy churro. For the adventurous, we’ve included a recipe for chili-chocolate dipping sauce.
Fun-Sized Churros (From Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen)
Ingredients - Makes around 30-40 mini churros
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup freshly boiled water (you can do this in a kettle)
- Canola oil
In a shallow bowl, toss cinnamon with sugar until granules become tinted the slightest shade of brown. Set aside for coating.
Heat canola oil so that it runs at least 1/3 up the side of your pot. Meanwhile combine flour and baking powder. Beat in olive oil and water until a pliable, sticky dough forms. Let it rest for 10 minutes while the oil heats up.
To test if ready, drop a cube of bread into the pot. It should sizzle and condense into a crunchy brown cluster. Place dough into a piping bag or a large Ziploc (nip the corner so that it forms an opening). Squeeze about 2 inches of dough into oil and gently clip them off with chopsticks. Cook about 3-4 minutes until their exterior is golden and slightly hard. Fish them out with chopsticks and blot them with a paper towel to remove excess oil. This is only an exercise for the most dexterous, so be careful!
Toss to coat in cinnamon-sugar and get’em while they’re hot.
Chili Chocolate Dipping Sauce
- A couple of squares dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch of chili flakes
- Pinch of cinnamon
2/3 cup double cream (can substitute with milk)Over a pot of boiling water, melt all ingredients in a separate pan until thick and combined. Let cool before serving.
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