Churros with Chocolate Sauce

The other week I went to Phoenix’s Zoolights event where the Phoenix Zoo sets up enormous Christmas light displays throughout the zoo. The last time I went I was in elementary school with my Girl Scout troop and I remember the whole event made me so excited for Christmas. Of course the spectacle of lights isn’t quite as impressive as an adult, no matter how hard you try to enjoy it all. I think the best part of that night happened while we were waiting in a seemingly endless line to purchase our tickets. The family in front of us gave us two extra free entrance coupons they had. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can make everything better. What small act of kindness turned your day around recently?

I do have one regret from our Zoolights adventure: I never got a churro from one of the food stalls. My reasoning was that we hadn’t eaten dinner yet and I didn’t want to spoil my appetite or have a sugar crash later on but that missed churro haunted my dreams. I just had to make them at home to satisfy my lingering churro craving. Let’s just say that although my house smelled like one of those fried food carts the rest of the day, it was so worth it to bite into that still-warm, crunchy yet soft, and cinnamon sweet churro.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Is there anything better than cinnamon sugar + fried goodness + chocolate? Seriously?!
Texture: Crunchy on the outside, soft inside. I think churros are one of those foods with a perfect texture that you must satisfy when you get a craving because nothing can beat it.
Ease: The dough is actually super easy. Frying took a couple of churros for me to test before I got down the motion and the timing. Hey, no one complained about a slightly crooked churro, right?
Appearance: Just look at that crunchy cinnamon sugar coating in the photo above and your mouth will instantly start watering. Pavlov’s churros?
Pros: Like having Disneyland in your kitchen.
Cons: Frying can be a pain and it’s not exactly nutritious.
Would I make this again? Yes.

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Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Yield: About 12 large churros or 24 small churros.

Ingredients:

Cinnamon sugar:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Chocolate sauce:
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
Pinch salt
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional)

Churros:
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
3 large eggs

Directions:

For the cinnamon sugar:
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a large shallow bowl.

For the chocolate sauce:
Place the chocolate and salt in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until just boiling. Remove the cream from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for a minute then whisk together until smooth. Whisk in the Grand Marnier (more or less to taste).

For the churros:
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, water, and salt over medium high heat. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the flour. Stir well for 30-45 seconds over low heat, allowing the dough to dry out a little. Remove from heat. Stir eggs in one at a time, making sure to thoroughly incorporate each egg into the dough before adding the next one. Stir vigorously until dough is smooth.

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2-inches of vegetable oil over medium-high. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip. When the oil reaches 350°F, pipe 4- to 8-inch segments of dough into the oil, cutting the dough with kitchen shears. Quickly straighten the dough out with tongs if it curls. Fry for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Test the first churro to make sure the center is cooked through and no longer doughy. Toss fried churros in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve with warm chocolate sauce.

   

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9 Responses to “Churros with Chocolate Sauce”

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    Tracey — January 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    These look so, so amazing!! Would you believe I’ve never had a churro in my life? I need to remedy that asap.

    • Tessa replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

      OMG!! That’s crazy! Churros will change your life ;)

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    Stacey — January 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve never had a churro either! A couple nights ago a friend called and said she had just driven past our house and noticed the dome light was on in our car. Small act of kindness that mad a BIG difference.

    • Tessa replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      I can’t believe neither you nor Tracey have ever had churros before! How wonderful of your friend to go through the trouble of noticing that and calling you. Waking up to a dead car battery is the worst.

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — January 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    These look wonderful! I love churros but I’ve never tried making them at home.

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    Noble Pig - Cathy — January 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Heaven on a plate! Whoa.

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    RaspberryT — January 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. I love Churros, but I’ve never tried making them at home. These will definitely be on my “To Try” list.

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    Adrian @ FoodGays.com — January 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Mmm… these look delish. I’ve never had churros either if you can believe it… Must try this recipe!

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    anita menon — January 28, 2013 at 5:32 am

    You make it sound so easy. i love churros.. There is something very comforting about your blog. i am tempted to keep flipping through your posts.

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