Saturday, September 12, 2009

Homemade Mexican Churros

Raising four happy little kiddies can be a pretty easy job.  (Most of the time.) Satisfying their sweet tooth???  Not so easy.  One child loves anything made with chocolate and peanut butter, another likes everything Oreo, one will eat anything as long as it doesn't have nuts or raisins, and the other will only eat what he helps to make.  The one thing my kiddies have in common is that they all love Churros!  There is a vendor downtown that makes delicious churros, but only on the weekends.  And well, sometime we want Churros on a Tuesday afternoon.  Not a problem!  Churros are super easy and quick to make.  And don't worry if you don't have a pastry bag with a star-tip, you can spoon the batter into a large Ziploc bag and cut off the corner tip OR you can have your kiddies help shape the dough into bite-size pieces and make Mini-Churro Bites.

I like to eat my Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate, if they don't disappear before I reach for my mug, which is what usually happens. 

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Churros

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon Sugar (recipe below) 

Directions:
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil until the butter has completely melted; remove from heat.  Quickly stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball.  Mix in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until the dough is smooth.  Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a wide star tip.

In a deep skillet, heat enough vegetable oil to measure 1-inch over medium-high heat.  Carefully squeeze out strips of dough (or any desired shape) into the hot oil.  Fry until Churros are a deep golden brown on both sides.  Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess oil for a couple of minutes.  Roll the fried Churros in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Enjoy!!! 

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For the Mini Churro Bites: Tear off small pieces of dough and roll into 1-1/2 to 2-inch balls.  Fry as directed.

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For the Cinnamon Sugar: Mix together 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
















18 comments:

  1. You just said that raising FOUR kids is easy??? OMG I've got one (and she's till in the oven!) and I'm freaking out! You're too cool for me - out of my league!

    But these Churros MMmmmmm I think I could do this! The ones you can buy on the street here are always like 4 hours old and I've been wanting a fresh one forever! SO COOL, I am GOING to do this! Thank You!

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  2. LESLIE!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEE!!!!!! OMGOMGOMG I JUST right this minute finished making your Mole sauce! My very first EVER homeade mole and OMGOMG I think it might actually taste GOOD!! OHHHH I'm going to hypervenalate!! It's my husbands favorite food and I've been wanting to make it for years but I've been afraid - but your recipie seem do-able (and it totally IS) and it's done and I CAN'T WAIT for him to taste it!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! OMGOMGOMG FOR REAL!!! Thank You !!!

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  3. Gringa-in-Mexico, Thank you. And I hope you and your hubby enjoyed the mole!

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  4. He liked it! He said it's better than from the STORE and I'm so proud :)

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  5. Hey Leslie -- I thought this recipe looked familiar, and I see that it's virtually identical to the recipe for cream puff pastry. I had no idea!
    Have you made cream puffs? They're baked in a hot oven, rather than in oil, and can be filled with anything (sweet or savory).
    I'm going to try the churros!
    best,

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  6. decided to look at your recipes and all I can say is "can I eat at your house someday"?
    great recipes leslie...keep up the good work.

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  7. MCM: Churro dough is very similar to "Choux paste". I've made cream puffs and eclairs with choux paste before, but have always been curious if my churro dough would work. Now that you agree, I'm definitely going to give it a shot!

    BOB: Thanks for coming by my recipe blog. And you are more than welcome to eat and visit at my house anyday!

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  8. mmm...i loooove churros, and we have a guy on the corner who makes them FRESH every night! However, my family and friends in Canada would love this treat if I made it for them on a visit!!! THANKS!

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  9. OMG...i had no idea you had this blog...so i'm am going to light my hubby's fire..pull out some real mexican cooking for him! Ohhhh he will so fall in love with me all over again! Grocery list int he making....will let you know how this pans out! You rock mama! and your pictures are so awesome...so you ever thought about a gringa recipe book?

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  10. I made the churros, and the were a bit cakey, I thought that next time i would use 2 eggs? They were soooo yummmy though! My son was so excited!

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  11. Oh my goodness, the photos of food on your sidebar look scrumptious! I want to try them. My girls LOVE churros! Especially when they're warm, churros are delicious!

    ~Mimi from SITS

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  12. Yup, my husband will LOVE this one. Bookmarking for later. {found you through #commenthour)

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  13. Yesssssss! I love Churros! Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Tk for the recipe the kids loved them :) and they were soo easy to make

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  15. I made these last night and my kids loved them they ate them hot, I will definately make this again. A nice treat.

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  16. I'm so glad to find this recipe. The girls thoroughly enjoyed churros when we were in Mexico last Nov. I'm happy to know they don't require specialised ingredients and we can make them at home.

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