Monday, June 4, 2012

Home-Made Churros

I'd never really thought of making churros.  I guess I thought they were like carnival food and there was some magic churro machine, located at said carnival, that I would never own.  However, thanks to another Pinterest post, I found out I could make them at home.  I made these yummy treats for an after-school snack for my kiddos...back when they were in school.  They were a HUGE HIT!!!  They were pretty easy, too, but I had one major problem. The insides didn't get done as fast as the outsides...they were still doughy.  However, after baking them in the oven (as my instructions indicate), the inside was perfect and  man-oh-man were they yummy!!!

Home-Made Churros

Mix together:

1 C water
1/3 C butter
1 1/2 T brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp. salt

And bring those ingredients to a boil until butter completely melts.  Remove from heat and stir in:

1 C freshly, finely ground whole wheat flour

Stir vigorously until dough forms a ball and leaves sides of pan, then stir in

1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir vigorously again until mixture is completely blended.

Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a large pan until it is about 370 degrees (between 360 and 375).  Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Pipe dough through an icing bag fitted with a star tip onto wax paper.  Each dough segment should be about 3/4 in. to 1 in. thick and about 4-5 inches long.  Fry for 2 - 3 minutes or until golden brown, moving around periodically with metal tongs so they are evenly baked.  Remove with metal tongs and place on paper towel to drain.  Roll in mixture of the following:

1/4 C granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Bake in 300 degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes so inside is completely done.  If it is still a little moist inside, put it in for a few more minutes.  YUM!

Here are some pictures of the process:

The above picture shows the piped churro dough on the waxed paper.

The above picture shows the churros frying at around 365-375 degrees.  Fry them for 2-3 minutes or until deep golden can do it a little longer if desired...but don't get them too done.  Remember to bake them at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes after rolling in cinnamon sugar and then serve warm...DELICIOUS!!!

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