Churros (minus the chocolate sauce) are one of the few freshly baked treats we can buy at fairs, festivals and markets. Since the stalls are specialist and sell nothing else there is no risk of cross contamination and most stalls sell versions that are vegan, probably because they are cheaper to make. As a result we get a bit over-excited when we come across a churros stall. Since we haven’t had any since last Christmas I decided to make some as a treat for bank holiday Monday.
The dough is fairly simple and can be made well in advance, but there is no getting round the deep-frying. I’m not keen on deep frying, partly due to not knowing what to do with all that oil afterwards, but its definitely worth it to make fresh, crispy churros.
For any of you are not familiar, churros are fried dough sticks that are often eaten for breakfast in Hispanic countries and have become quite an institution in Spain. Sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon they’re not dissimilar to doughnuts, but are often served with a rich chocolate sauce for dipping.
Churros (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) N.B. contains gluten
makes about 12
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 tbsps sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsps sunflower oil
- 1 cup plain flour
- Sugar and cinnamon to dredge.
– Bring the cup of water to the boil
– Add the sugar, salt and oil and stir until the sugar has dissolved
– Take off the heat and beat in the flour until you have a smooth, very thick dough.
– Transfer to a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle and set aside.
– When ready to cook them, heat the oil (at least 4cm deep) until a piece of bread bubbles and fries on contact
– Pipe in long strands of dough, making sure not to crowd the oil. Fry until golden on each side.
– Remove and dredge with sugar and cinnamon whilst still hot.
– If desired serve with rich chocolate sauce
Rich chocolate sauce (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) possibly soya and gluten-free depending on the type of chocolate used
- 50g dairy-free very dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp oat milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
– In a microwave or over a Bain Marie, melt together the ingredients until smooth and silky.