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How to Make Homemade Churros: A Step-by-Step Guide
Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 12:47 PM

Churros have become a cultural icon across Spain, a sweet treat savoured from north to south, perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, served with hot chocolate or coffee. This delightful and simple dish, rooted in Spain and dating back to the Morisco era, is not only easy to make but is deeply ingrained in Spanish gastronomy. The recipe itself is straightforward, relying on a dough made from flour, water, and salt, fried to perfection and often sprinkled with sugar just before serving. The beauty of churros lies not only in their taste but in the cultural significance and the warmth they bring to the table.

 

While the recipe has remained largely unchanged over time, regional variations abound, from the shapes to the fillings like chocolate ganache, custard, or dulce de leche. In this guide, we'll reveal how to create this delightful snack at home.

Ingredients for Making Churros:

  • 250g all-purpose flour (bread flour can also be used)

  • 250g water

  • 1 teaspoon of salt (roughly 8 grams)

  • Sugar to sprinkle

  • Mild olive oil or sunflower oil for frying

  • Kitchen paper towel

  • A manual churrera or a piping bag with a fine nozzle

Step 1: Preparing the Churro Dough

 

 

Firstly, place the flour into a large mixing bowl. Next, heat water with salt in a saucepan. Once the water begins to boil, pour it directly and quickly onto the flour. Using a wooden spoon, integrate the water with the flour until you obtain a very sticky and fairly compact dough.

A vital step in the churro-making process is transferring this dough into a churrera or a piping bag. This is crucial for a successful outcome, as it helps compact the dough and eliminate air, which is key to preventing the churros from bursting during frying.

If you don't have a churrera, a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle will suffice, though the results may vary slightly. Disposable plastic piping bags can typically be found in speciality bakeware shops or online.

 

Step 2: Moulding and Resting the Raw Churros

Portion out the churro dough on a clean kitchen towel or baking paper laid out on your counter. This cooling period allows the dough to become manageable and reduces the likelihood of splitting or explosions when frying.

Step 3: Frying the Churros to Perfection

Heat a generous amount of mild olive or sunflower oil in a frying pan. The oil temperature should ideally measure between 195°C and 200°C for churros (or 230°C for 'porras', a thicker variant of churros) before introducing the dough for frying.

Cook over medium heat to ensure that the churros are thoroughly cooked inside without burning on the outside. If using a piping bag, exercise extra caution to avoid splattering since the dough might be more prone to form air bubbles than with a churrera.

Once fried, transfer the churros onto kitchen paper to drain the excess oil. Serve them warm, sprinkled with granulated or powdered sugar, and indulge in this classic Spanish delight.

Tips for Exquisite Churros

  • Churros should be crispy yet not oily.

  • Involving the family, especially children, in making churros adds to the enjoyment, and they taste great with hot chocolate.

  • If you have leftovers, freeze the uncooked churros as you would with croquettes. Lay them out separately on a tray to prevent sticking. Once frozen solid, they can be stored in bags and fried straight from the freezer.

  • Porras differ in that they may contain yeast and are rested before frying.

Churro Expert Advice:

Expert churro makers advise using strong bread flour (harina de fuerza) and emphasise the importance of a good quality churrera. The mouthpiece of the churrera should create well-defined grooves in the dough, as those from lower-quality churreras may not produce the ideal texture and may affect the frying process.

Whipping up homemade churros is both an art and a tradition. With this step-by-step guide and some personal touches, you can bring the joy of this beloved Spanish treat into your home to share with family and friends. Whether for a leisurely Sunday brunch, a festive gathering, or just because, homemade churros promise to be a crowd-pleaser that brings a taste of Spain to your table!



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Salmon said:
Sunday, May 5, 2024 @ 8:58 PM

I cantell you that it is quite an art and a big challenge.


Salmon said:
Sunday, May 5, 2024 @ 9:00 PM

The link can not be shared. What is the problem?


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