homemade churros squareHave you ever been at home on a Wednesday and thought, “You know…what I really need right now is a fresh, hot churro!”? If hopping over to Disneyland just isn’t happening and Costco is too crowded (do they still serve churros at Costco? We haven’t lived near one in way too long), never fear. You can make them at home. And even though it involves making your own French pastry dough, it’s super easy, like way easier than homemade doughnuts. True fact: you are never more than 30 minutes away from fresh, hot churros. All from stuff you already have in your kitchen. Just let that sink in for a minute.

To get started, you’ll need to make a Pâte à Choux. That’s exactly what you need to tell people–“Oh, I’m just in my kitchen whipping up a Pâte à Choux!” Because it sounds super impressive. But really, it’s just a simple pastry dough made from butter, milk, flour, and eggs.

Pâte à Choux ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, milk, and salt and cook over medium heat until the butter melts. Whisk in the flour and stir until the mixture pulls away from the sides into a glossy ball.

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Remove from heat. Add 1 egg to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined, then repeat with each egg, not moving onto the next egg until the previous egg is completely mixed. It may be on the thin side, more like a batter, but just let the dough just hang out for about 15-20 minutes (and even if it stays thin, it will work just fine.) You can also do this step using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Pour about 3″ of oil into a large skillet, pot, or Dutch Oven. Heat the oil over medium heat to 325 degrees F (use a candy or instant read thermometer to keep the temperature in check.)

Preheat oven to the lowest setting.

While the oil is heating, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt (if desired) in a pie plate.

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I’m pretty sure the world would be a happier place if more cinnamon sugar was involved. When the oil is almost ready, transfer the dough to a pastry bag (disposable ones here, re-usable one here) fitted with a large star tip (like open 1M or larger).

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Squeeze about 3″ of dough into the hot oil and repeat, not crowding the pan (you’ll have to fry the churros in a few batches). Cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side or until golden brown,

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then flip and continue cooking another 2-3 minutes on the other side (or until the other side is also golden brown.) Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and place the plate in the oven. Repeat frying until the dough is gone.

When all the churros have been cooked, toss them in the cinnamon-sugar mix and serve immediately. Makes about 24 3″ churros. If desired, serve with dark chocolate ganache for dipping.

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Homemade Churros


Description

This unbelievably easy recipe for homemade churros will become a favorite family tradition!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Peanut oil or other oil with a high smoke point
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and milk and cook over medium heat until the butter melts. Whisk in the flour and stir until the mixture pulls away from the sides into a glossy ball. Remove from heat. Add 1 egg to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined, then repeat with each egg, not moving onto the next egg until the previous egg is completely mixed. It may be on the thin side, more like a batter, but just let the dough just hang out for about 15-20 minutes (and even if it stays thin, it will work just fine.) You can also do this step using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Pour about 3″ of oil into a large skillet, pot, or Dutch Oven. Heat the oil over medium heat to 325 degrees F (use a candy or instant read thermometer to keep the temperature in check.)
  3. Preheat oven to the lowest setting.
  4. While the oil is heating, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt (if desired) in a pie plate.
  5. When the oil is almost ready, transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip (like open 1M or larger). Squeeze about 3″ of dough into the hot oil and repeat, not crowding the pan (you’ll have to fry the churros in a few batches). Cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side or until golden brown, then flip and continue cooking another 2-3 minutes on the other side (or until the other side is also golden brown.) Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and place the plate in the oven. Repeat frying until the dough is gone.
  6. When all the churros have been cooked, toss them in the cinnamon-sugar mix and serve immediately. Makes about 24 3″ churros.


 Don’t forget the dark chocolate ganache!

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19 comments

  1. My first thought was also “how do you pronounce Pâte à Choux” so thanks for clearing that up! I feel like pronouncing food in French makes it so much more glamorous. Which is why I now call meat loaf “pain de viande”. Mondays got gourmet. Can’t wait to make these Kate!

  2. Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried adding a tablespoon or two of sugar to the dough? I know eclairs and churros and stuff get their sweetness from the topping, but it always kind of bothers me that the base is so utterly unsweet. I may try adding sugar next time but wonder if it would do something to the texture or structure of the dough. I just thought I’d check so I don’t repeat a mistake someone else has already made.

  3. I LOVE cinnamon sugar crusted objects! Dang, I’d forgotten about churros even though I do see the baseball bat sized ones at Costco every time I go in. They’re just not on my radar for some reason. But my husb loves them, and I have made pate a choux before, so maybe I can overcome my aversion to frying with these little beauties. Thanks for the lesson!

  4. I couldn’t wait to make these, so I just whipped up a batch! The dough was definitely runny, it was literally oozing out of the icing tip, and all my churros look like alphabet letters, frog legs, or sea creatures, but they’re absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely make these again, but maybe I’ll try letting the dough sit for a while so it cools off, maybe that will make it less runny? Now I don’t have to go back to disney world to have churros!

  5. I still remember my first churro at Disneyland when I was 12. Way too long between churro’s for me. You’ve changed my life with this recipe. Who knew it could be so simple?

  6. So, just so I don’t sound like a noob (as my teens would say) how do you pronounce Pâte à Choux?
    Yes, Costco still sells churros: I bought one last weekend. I will definitely be making this recipe!

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