Tuesday, 28 June 2016

CHURROS WITH DARK CHOCOLATE SAUCE



The other night I had a major craving for something sweet. I thought about what I could knock up quickly with ingredients I already had in our cupboards and churros came to mind. Considering I have never made these before (never even made choux pastry before actually!) I'm really pleasantly surprised with how they turned out.

In case you don't know about churros, let me educate you on these gorgeously delicious morsels of sweet goodness... I think they're best described as little Mexican finger doughnuts that are piped into hot oil and then fried to perfection before being dusted rather generously with cinnamon sugar. Dip them into dark chocolate sauce and you have yourself a quick and easy dessert - yum! I have wanted to try churros for the longest time. A recent trip to Wahaca in Brighton handed me my chance to try them after my favourite steak tacos and they were an absolute delight, as expected. From that moment on I knew that I had to give them a go at home.

So how do you make them?

INGREDIENTS
For the churros
1 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of plain flour
3 large eggs

Cinnamon and caster sugar to coat

For the chocolate sauce
75g bitter dark chocolate (I used Green and Black's 70%)
150ml fresh double cream

Start by combining the sugar, butter, salt and water together in a large saucepan. Heat it to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add your flour all at once and stir well. Cook out the flour for two minutes, making sure to combine any visible flour into the mixture. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

While your dough is cooling down, prepare your chocolate sauce. Break your chocolate into smaller pieces and into a heatproof bowl. Heat the double cream in a separate smaller saucepan but make sure it doesn't boil. Pour the hot cream onto your chocolate chunks and stir to combine. Easy! You can always add fresh red chilli or sea salt flakes if you fancy something a bit extra, it's totally up to you.

When the dough is cool enough, add your eggs one at a time, and beat the living day lights out of the mixture. This really does take some arm strength to combine, but you can also use an electric mixer if you don't fancy a workout. The mixture should be of piping consistency.

Fill a deep saucepan halfway with oil (we used sunflower) and turn it on medium-to-high heat. While your oil is heating up, prepare a plastic piping bag and fit it with a large star tip. Spoon your dough into the bag, taking care to leave some space so it doesn't all drip out when you pipe. When your oil is hot, cut 3-4 inch sections of dough into the oil and cook until golden-brown. Remove and drain for a few minutes but make sure to coat them in cinnamon sugar while they're still hot. Repeat the process until you have used up all of the dough. 


As you can see from the photographs, this recipe made so many churros! You can of course halve the ingredients if you're not feeding a lot of people, as these little treats are best eaten fresh on the day of baking. Overall I'm really impressed with the way my first attempt turned out. The consistency of the churros is just how I remember when I took my first bites at Wahaca: light and fluffy on the inside, crispy and spicy on the outside. And dipped in the chocolate sauce, well, you have a match made in heaven!

This recipe has been passed from pillar to post, and it's all over the internet. I discovered it on Pinterest (as usual) and credit it to the NY Times originally.
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15 comments

  1. These look so amazing I think I saw them on your IG (or it could have been twitter?) and they made my mouth water!

    Abigail Alice x

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    1. Haha thank you lovely! I definitely posted a photo of them on both so could've been either! Xx

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  2. I am definitely going to make these this weekend. I never thought that they were this easy to make. Can't wait to try them.
    www.thisisallure.co.uk

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    1. Ahh hope you did and they came out great! Xx

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  3. I've been dying to try Churros for so long but haven't been able to get hold of any. As I want to start baking in my new house I'll definitely be bookmarking this to give them a try in the future x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. I know, I wish there was a stand near me but I can never find one! Wahacas is the only place I know that does them and luckily they're opening one up in my hometown. Until then I'm definitely making these again, so easy! Thanks beaut xx

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  4. Oh my god I love churros. They look sooo good. May have to give them a go because I can never find anywhere that sells them
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

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  5. Wow - I'd never even thought of trying to make these at home but they seem pretty easy! Definitely need to give these a try :) x

    Liv | Ramblings of a Makeup Lover

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    1. Please do, you won't regret it! Xx

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  6. Holy moly, these look absolutely delicious, my mouth is literally watering haha! I will definitely have to add this to my bookmark :)
    xxx Claire
    http://www.claireellis.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Claire! Give them a go, I'm sure you'll be happy with them! Xx

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  7. This is such a great idea, they look so tasty!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  8. a great recipe! I did not think that it's so easy and delicious! I have it always cools rapidly! paper writer a lot of interesting

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