In every kid we see things that make us smile, things that make us feel like maybe we did OK as a parent.
When Hunter was 10 years old, I was an EBay Power Seller; I maintained over a thousand listings and was extremely busy. He came into my office one day, having always been a ‘box reader’ (he reads everything a manufacturer prints on a box) to ask if he could make brownies. I told him I didn’t have a brownie mix to which he replied, “I don’t need one, I found a recipe here.” I looked up to see him standing there holding a box of Unsweetened Chocolate Squares. I could not find it in me to say, “Honey that’s gonna be too hard for you and I can’t help you.” So I shared the part about not being able to help and off he went into the kitchen where he made brownies from scratch at age 10!
I love my child’s fearlessness in the kitchen!
Earlier in the week, Hunter, now 18 years old, ventured from his man-cave at 3:00 p.m. to the kitchen. I got curious after he didn’t leave following his customary 5 minutes of banging around complaining there was nothing to eat before settling on a bowl of cereal; he was up to something else. Turned out to be Churros! He had been watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and saw someone use a basic pate’ a choux dough to make several different things. He had previously made Maple Glazed Bacon donuts, picture below, so he decided to give churros a try.
Easy How to Recipe Make Warm Cinnamon Churros at Home
Boil 1 cup of water with 1 Tbl. sugar, an 1/8 t. salt and 3/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter (6T). Gently bring it to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. When it boils remove from the heat and immediately stir in 1 cup of flour stirring gently until a loose dough forms pulling away from the sides of the pot.
Transfer your dough to the bowl of an electric mixer and let sit 3-4 minutes to cool. Once cool set mixer to it’s slowest setting and add one egg beating gently to incorporate before adding the second egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Put dough in a piping bag fitted with a large #4 star tip.
Heat frying oil (we used canola) to approximately 350 degrees. Hunter hung the pastry bag over the hot oil. With one hand he squeezed out a 5-6 inch ‘rope’ of dough and used a pair of scissors to cut the ‘dough rope’ off at the top by the pastry tip dropping it into the hot oil. We used a deep pot and put the oil about 4″ deep so no oil splashed out when the churro fell into the hot oil.
Fry two to three minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove to a bowl filled with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the churros in the bowl or spoon the sugar over them to coat them on all sides with the mixture.
Serve immediately! You can leave them plain and serve them with warm Nutella or Hershey’s chocolate spread. We like them WITH the cinnamon sugar and the chocolate with a cafe con leche or strong coffee.
These are best when served right away, however, you can keep them warm in a low oven for an hour or so but they are not the same.
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbl sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¾ cup (6 Tablespoons) butter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Oil for frying
- Cinnamon Sugar: ½ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon combined
- Optional: Nutella or Hershey's Chocolate Spread
- Combine water, sugar, salt and butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add flour all at once incorporating the flour into the mixture till it pulls from the sides of the pot.
- Place the flour and butter mixture into the bowl of a mixer and let cool 3-4 minutes.
- Heat your oil in a tall saucepan to 350 degrees, be sure oil comes up only halfway on the sides of the pot while your dough is cooling.
- Add eggs one at a time on slowest setting to the dough in the mixer incorporating after each, add vanilla.
- Place dough in a pastry bag fitted with a number 4 star tip.
- Squeeze 5-6" ropes of churro into the hot oil, cutting them at the top with a scissor or sharp knife.
- Fry for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Remove to a bowl with the cinnamon sugar and toss or spoon the sugar over the hot churros.
- Serve immediately.
- They are great dipped in chocolate and with a cup of coffee! You can leave the cinnamon sugar off if you like, we like it on. Enjoy!
Now that you have mastered pate a choux why not try something savory, like a Blue Cheese Gougere! or Beignet!
Search the word pate’ a choux, the ideas are endless for what you can do with this easy to make patisserie dough!
Be fearless in the kitchen and enjoy warm cinnamon churros at home all year long!
With a smile from a pleased Mommy!