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Mastering choux pastry: Churros with chocolate sauce in 10 easy steps

A handy step-by-step guide to the ultimate sweet treat!

by: Illanique van Aswegen | 31 Oct 2019
 
Churros step-by-step

Whether straight or spiral-shaped, fried doughnuts don’t get much better than churros. Churros are crunchy fried pastries dusted with cinnamon sugar and are a popular street food in many regions of Europe and Latin America. The crispy golden exterior, enrobed in sugar and spice, hides a fluffy texture that can be served with sweet sauces or thick hot drinks for dipping.

The tradition 

There’s much debate on the origin of churros. Some say they were invented by Spanish shepherds, while others believe that they originated from a Chinese pastry that was brought over to the Western world. Either way, these crispy treats are delicious bites for a decadent breakfast, dessert or sweet treat. 

Traditionally, churros in Spain are made without eggs. This provides you with a crispier exterior, but churros can also be made with traditional choux pastry that’s enriched with eggs. Using eggs results in a softer but richer fried pastry.

Churros step-by-step

The trick

Creating deep ridges in each churro provides you with the crispiest fried pastry. Using a star nozzle is the best option to ensure a crisp texture.

Because this recipe contains no eggs, the mixture is quite stiff and a bit of elbow grease is needed to squeeze out the dough from the piping bag. 

Line the baking tray with baking paper then hold the tip of the piping bag right above it and push out the dough. Let it gently fall onto the tray while you squeeze out a line of dough. Cut the dough loose from the piping bag by using a small palette knife or a serrated knife.  

The secret

Churros taste best when eaten straight away. They can stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before they lose their signature crisp exterior.

Churros with chocolate sauce

Churros step-by-step

Makes 12-15

Difficulty: A LITTLE EFFORT

Preparation time: 1 hour   

Cooking time: 25 minutes

STEP 1

Combine 375ml (1½ cups) water and 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence in a saucepan and bring it up to a boil.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 2

Using a wooden spoon, stir in 375ml (1½ cups / 187g) cake flour and a pinch of salt.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 3

Stir in 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 4

Cook the mixture on low heat while continuously stirring, 30 seconds.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 5

Spoon the mixture out onto a clean surface and allow to cool, 5 minutes. While the dough is still slightly warm, knead it for about 1 minute.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 6

Transfer the mixture to a canvas pastry bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Line a large baking tray (8cm to 10cm in length) with baking paper. Pipe strips of dough onto the lined tray and release the piped churro from the piping bag with a palette knife or serrated knife.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 7

Heat a pot of sunflower oil to 180°C. Lift each piped churro off the baking paper and fry them off in batches until golden and crisp, 2-3 minutes. 

Churros step-by-step

STEP 8

Remove the churros with a slotted spoon or tong and drain on kitchen paper.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 9

Stir 125ml (½ cup / 112g) caster sugar and 2.5ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon together. Add each churro to the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat.

Churros step-by-step

STEP 10

Combine 200g finely chopped dark chocolate, 125ml (½ cup) cream, 80ml (? cup) milk, 30ml (2 tbsp) maple syrup and 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence in a saucepan over low heat. Heat until smooth. Serve the warm churros with the chocolate dipping sauce on the side.

Churros step-by-step

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