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Mini churros in the bottle: quick and easy!

Total time: 40 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6-8
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If you love sweet, crunchy desserts, you’ll love these mini churros! This classic Spanish dessert will have your taste buds dancing for joy. These bite-sized treats are crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside, with a generous coating of cinnamon sugar that adds a sweet and spicy kick. You can make the dessert complete by serving it with a side of chocolate sauce for dipping, or with a mug if hot chocolate! And the best of all? We show you how to make these mini churros without special equipment! You simply make the batter, fry until golden, and cover with cinnamon sugar. It’s as easy as that!

What are Mini Churros

Churros are popular snacks in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and South America, where they’re often enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or even just a snack. Traditionally, they’re made by frying long strips of choux pastry until golden. These mini churros are a bite-sized twist on traditional ling churros.

Tips

It’s important to use an oil with a high smoking point for this recipe. Good options are vegetable oil, canola, corn, or peanut oil.

Don’t make the frying oil too hot. This will cause the Mini Churros to burn before the dough is cooked properly. If it’s too low, it will absorb too much oil. The optimum temperature is about 350°F to 360ºF. if you’re serious about your choux pastry, it’s best to invest in a candy thermometer.

The Mini Churros are traditionally served with cinnamon sugar, you can add various spices (like pumpkin spice) and extracts. Add lemon zest to the pastry for another fruity taste.

To prevent excess oil, allow the Mini Churros to drain on towel paper for a few minutes before serving.

How to Store Mini Churros

Mini Churros are best enjoyed immediately, while they’re still warm and crispy. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge (in an airtight container for up to 2 days). Reheat in the microwave (note that it won’t be as crispy and flaky).

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Can You Freeze Mini Churros

Yes! You can freeze the uncooked mini churros and fry them directly from frozen. Pipe the churros onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and add to the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable freezer bag. You can then cook the mini churros from frozen, just add some extra cooking time (about 1-2 minutes).

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

Churros are best enjoyed fresh as they tend to lose their crispiness after a while. If you’re making them for a large group, you can keep the fried Mini Churros in a warm oven 350°F/180°C, for a maximum of 10 minutes.

What To Serve With Mini Churros

Serve the Mini Churros with your favorite sweet sauce: try caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, Nutella, and even vanilla custard!

Ingredients
Flour
220g (1 cup)
Water
380ml (1 3/4 cups)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp
Sugar
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
Eggs
3
Sugar
100g (1/2 cup)
Brown sugar
100g (1/2 cup)
Ground cinnamon
1 tsp
White chocolate
Dark Chocolate
Clean, disposable plastic bottle

Instructions

Use a sharp knife to create a star shape in the lid of a plastic bottle.

In a pan over medium heat, combine the salt, sugar, and oil and mix well.

Stir in the flour and mix with a spatula. Allow to cool.

Once the mixture has cooled, add the eggs, and whisk.

Transfer the dough to the plastic bottle. Tie a piece of string over the surface of a pot of oil.

Carefully squeeze the bottle to pipe the batter into the hot oil.

Fry the churros until golden brown.

Mix together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon and use it to cover the churros once they’re fried. Serve with melted chocolate.

Enjoy!

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