Cinnamon Sugar Churros and Chocolate Sauce #SundaySupper

Crispy, golden churros rolled in cinnamon and sugar and dunked in a creamy dark chocolate sauce. 

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Today we’re celebrating #SundaySupper’s 2nd Birthday! It’s hard to believe what started as a simple vision to bring families back to their dinner tables has turned into a weekly movement including bloggers from all over the world. Isabel of Family Foodie started #SundaySupper two years ago, and her vision and passion have helped it grow into what it is today.

Interestingly enough, it’s also been almost exactly 1 year since I joined #SundaySupper with this Retro-Inspired Tater Tot Casserole. I knew something was different about this group as soon as I woke up that first Sunday morning. My blog was still very small at the time, and I had only recently switched over to a new site. I remember laying in bed reading my emails (bad habit, I know) and being thrilled to find several people had already commented on my blog at 8 AM. I knew right then this was a very special group of people.

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Since that first Sunday, I’ve received so much support and encouragement from this talented group of bloggers. This is a group that sticks together, champions each other, and motivates one another to improve our craft. I couldn’t be more excited to share this birthday celebration with such a precious group of people.

This week’s frozen temperatures gave me a few extra days off work and More time + Being locked in the house + A birthday to celebrate could only equal one thing: Homemade Churros.

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If your only experience with churros has been the lukewarm sticks-in-a-paper-sleeve you get at Taco Bell, please erase that from your memory. These Churros are worlds better than those. Each bite yields first the sweet cinnamon spice, then the crispy dough, then the melt in your mouth tender center. Served piping hot from the fryer, the Mr. deemed these “dangerously good.” And indeed they were. I ate so many of them I had to skip lunch (or, rather, I had to accept the fact I had just eaten churros for lunch).

While frying these does require an extra time commitment, the dough is actually very easy to make. It can be whipped together in about 15 minutes then fried right away or refrigerated and fried later. I liked splitting the batch and frying just enough for us to eat while they were super hot and fresh. If you want to get the fancy edges, simply place the dough in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and squeeze out about 4 inches of dough before cutting it off with scissors into the hot oil. I made my churros mini-sized because I think they’re adorable and because I’ve heard mini things don’t have calories.

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Of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without a little chocolate. The chocolate sauce for this takes about 10 minutes to make and is the perfect compliment to the churros. Creamy and not-too-sweet, it’ll have you swooning with every bite.

Be sure to check out all the other birthday dishes my #SundaySupper friends are sharing today!

Cinnamon Sugar Churros and Chocolate Sauce
 
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Serves: Makes about 30 mini churros
Ingredients
For the churros:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Grapeseed oil, for frying*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the chocolate sauce:
  • ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ***I prefer to use STAR Fine Foods grapeseed oil for frying because it has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point, which means it's less likely to splatter and smoke while you're frying!
Instructions
For the churros:
  1. Combine water, butter, salt, and sugar in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour then remove from heat. Continue to stir until the mixture begins to adhere to itself and form a ball.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer then beat it for 1 or 2 minutes just to cool it down slightly.
  3. With the mixer on slow speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each addition is incorporated. Mixture should be smooth and shiny. Let the dough rest while you preheat the oil.
  4. Pour enough oil into the pan to be a least 2 inches high. Heat to 350-375 degrees.
  5. Meanwhile, make the chocolate sauce.
For the chocolate sauce:
  1. Heat ½ cup of the milk and the chocolate in a small sauce pan until chocolate is melted. Whisk cornstarch into the remaining ½ cup of milk. Bring the melted chocolate mixture to a boil then whisk in cornstarch mixture and sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
For frying:
  1. Transfer the churro dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Grab a pair of scissors, a plate or baking pan lined with paper towels, and a bowl with the ½ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon whisked together.
  2. Over the pot of hot oil, squeeze the churro dough to about 4 inches in length then use the scissors to cut them off into the hot oil. You should be able to cook 3-4 at a time, depending on the size of your pot. Cook churros until golden on both sides, or about 1-2 minutes per side.
  3. Place finished churros on the paper towel to drain. When they're just cool enough to handle, roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm with chocolate sauce.

Recipe adapted from The Food Network

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