The other day my friend sent me a text and asked, “I want to try making doughnuts and want to make churros but they look difficult. Are they tricky to get right?!” I replied, “Nope! In fact, churros are the easiest doughnuts of all to make. There are only basic three steps!” She didn’t believe me, so I whipped up a batch that night, outlining the three steps and texted her with photos at each stage just to prove my point (hooray for technology!).
She was so surprised that it only took me about twenty minutes to prepare a fresh batch of these delicious crispy doughnuts. I shared the recipe with her and she reported back the next day with excellent results. This recipe is so simple, I wanted to share it here too.
For the doughnuts, I have a recipe that I’ve been using for years, and it never fails me. Over time, I have changed the method slightly, but the ingredients and quantities have always been the same.
It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Preparation takes hardly any time at all and it’s the perfect dish to whip up for dessert, or even as an indulgent snack. Churros can be enjoyed simply dusted in cinnamon sugar or served with dulce de leche or chocolate sauce. I’ve decided to share my chocolate dipping sauce recipe with you today, since I was in a chocolatey mood :)
Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce
2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
pinch of salt
500ml of boiling water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
vegetable oil, to fry
cinnamon sugar, to dust (just combine caster sugar with ground cinnamon)
Chocolate Dipping Sauce
150g milk chocolate, chopped
100g dark chocolate, chopped
300ml of cream
For the sauce:
1. Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and mix until melted and smooth (alternatively, you can pop it in the microwave and blitz it in short bursts of 20-30 seconds, mixing thoroughly at each interval. Repeat until all is melted and smooth).
For the doughnuts, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Fill a deep, heavy based saucepan with vegetable oil. Place on medium-high heat and allow to heat. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, water and oil. Mix with a fork and make sure there are no lumps.
2. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a star tip. When the oil has reached 170 degrees, pipe 12cm lengths into the oil, using scissors to snip them from the bag. Be careful not to splash the hot oil.
3. Fry until golden brown and dust in cinnamon sugar.
Serve warm with the sauce. That’s it :)