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How to Make Homemade Churros Without a Churro Maker

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Churros are one of the most popular desserts in Mexican and Spanish cuisine. That might be because it’s such a versatile dish that can be eaten either in the morning or at night and because it satisfies that craving for “something sweet” that people sometimes have.
5-Minute Crafts wants to show you a very easy and practical recipe you can make right at home, even without a churro maker.

Ingredients for making churros at home without a churro maker

  • 2 cups (1/2 L) of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 9 oz (250 g) of flour
  • 4 cups (1 L) of sunflower oil
  • 1 oz (25 g) of sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil and add some salt.
  2. Instead of waiting for it to simmer, remove it immediately from the heat and quickly add the flour. Use a spoon (silicone or wooden) to mix things well and obtain the dough. Remember that it’s important to make sure that there are no lumps in the resulting dough.
  3. The dough should feel completely smooth. Let it rest for a while.
  4. Once it has cooled down a bit, place the dough in a cake piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle. Make sure there are no air pockets left when placing the dough in it and that the dough is tightly packed. This is important, as it will prevent any air pockets from bursting when frying, which could splash hot burning oil.

5. Place the oil in a pot, dutch oven, or a very deep frying pan; and heat it to a high temperature — but don’t allow it to simmer or smoke. When the oil is very hot, lower the heat.

6. Now it’s time to add the churros! Just squeeze the cake piping bag and the dough will come out. Make sure to press the piping bag with confidence so that the dough comes out evenly and steadily without any air pockets. Cut off the end.

7. If you’re a beginner, make only one churro at a time. That way, you will prevent them from sticking to each other. When one side is golden brown, you can turn it over. When each churro is ready, take it out of the oil and set it aside on a plate with absorbent paper.

8. While they’re still hot, sprinkle them with sugar.

With chocolate or made fluffy

  • To make them with chocolate: Melt 7 ounces of chocolate in the microwave and pour it over the churros, or dip them in hot chocolate.

  • To make them extra fluffy: Get a wider star nozzle or cut the nozzle of the cake piping bag so that it has a larger diameter. They might not have their typical star shape, but they’ll be very fluffy. These types of churros are called Porras in some places.
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