Originally from Spain, the churros recipe was made by mountain shephards, centuries ago. With no access to bakeries, there was a need for a dessert that could be made in the open air, over a fire, rather than oven-baked. The shepherds were herding churra sheep, which is how the name originated. The fritters started out the size of a bread stick but they have grown, and also travelled to Latin American countries. They have evolved, including adding rich fillings.
Become a churrero and try making your own Spanish dessert recipes. They can also be eaten for breakfast with hot chocolate or coffee with milk. You will need pastry bag or to be completely authentic, use a churrera, which will give it a star shape.
1 cup flour4 eggs, well beaten1/4 cup butter¼ cup cinnamon sugar mix1 teaspoon sugarpinch of saltCanola oil as needed
Heat the butter and dissolve the sugar, while constantly stirring. Over low heat, add in the flour, milk, sugar and salt. Continue to stir until butter is melted and ingredients are dissolved. Cool completely.Add in the eggs and mix well.
Heat the canola oil (approximately 2 inches deep) in a non-stick fry pan . Pour the batter into the pastry bag. When the oil is hot , pipe in 6 inch churros. Allow enough space so they don’t stick together. Fry each side until golden brown. Fry in batches. Remove churros and rest on a paper towel.Roll individually in cinnamon sugar mix. They are best if eaten, while still warm.
In southern Spain, the churros are typically made in a long spiral, sausage style, and then cut into pieces. In Cuba, they may be filled with local fruit, while in Mexico dulce de leche is a common filling.
Spanish Vocabulary List
|Dessert || El postre |
| Breakfast || El desayuno|
|Eggs || Los huevos |
|Flour || La harina|
|Butter || La mantequilla|
|Sugar || El azúcar|
|Salt || La sal|
|Cinnamon || La canela |
|Hot chocolate || El chocolate caliente |
| Coffee with milk || El café con leche|
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