Churros, with their crispy exteriors, soft interiors, and irresistible cinnamon-sugar coating, have won the hearts of dessert enthusiasts worldwide. While traditional churros are fried to golden perfection, there's a healthier and equally delicious alternative: Baked Churros.
- Making Baked Churros
- A Healthier Alternative
- Gather Ingredients and Preheat Oven
- Combine Butter and Milk in a Saucepan
- Prepare Dry Mixture in a Bowl
- Add Wet Ingredients to Bowl with Dry Mixture and Mix Together
- Pipe Churro Batter onto Greased Baking Sheet
- Cinnamon Sugar Coating and Dipping Sauce
- Making Your Churros Gluten Free
- Tips for Perfectly Baked Churros
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Baked Churros
Making Baked Churros
Churros are a beloved treat that originated in Spain but have since become popular worldwide. These delightful pastries are known for their unique shape, crunchy texture, and delightful flavors. Whether enjoyed at a fair, theme park, or as a homemade dessert, churros hold a special place in the hearts of dessert lovers.
A Healthier Alternative
While traditional churros are fried in hot oil, baked churros offer a healthier alternative without sacrificing flavor or texture. Baking allows you to enjoy the same irresistible taste while significantly reducing the fat content. Whether you're looking to indulge without guilt or introduce a family-friendly treat, baked churros are the way to go.
Gather Ingredients and Preheat Oven
To make these easy churros, you'll need a few basic ingredients. Gather your all-purpose flour, butter, salt, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and ground cinnamon. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) before starting.
Combine Butter and Milk in a Saucepan
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine your butter and milk over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a strong boil before removing it from the heat and transferring it to a bowl or large measuring cup. Allow the mixture to cool off for 15 minutes before continuing with the recipe.
Prepare Dry Mixture in a Bowl
In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-purpose flour. Slowly pour it into the cooled off milk mixture and stir until everything is well combined. In a third container, prepare your egg yolks by whisking them until they become pale in color before adding them to the mixture. Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly before setting aside your dough.
Add Wet Ingredients to Bowl with Dry Mixture and Mix Together
Once your dough is ready, you can proceed to adding wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry mixture and mixing everything together. Add half a cup of oil and two tablespoons of water, then mix again until all the ingredients are combined. Keep in mind that if the dough is still too soft, you may need to add more flour until you get the desired texture. Finally, let the dough cool down at room temperature before proceeding with baking your delicious churros.
Pipe Churro Batter onto Greased Baking Sheet
Grease a baking sheet with butter or cooking spray and preheat your oven to 375F. Take a pastry bag, spoon the churro dough and pipe it onto the greased baking sheet. To create the traditional pattern that makes churros look so distinctive, cut pieces of about 2-3 inches in length once you’ve filled the pastry bag. Make sure to leave enough space between the churros as they will expand when cooked./
Cinnamon Sugar Coating and Dipping Sauce
While the baked churros are still warm, toss them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar to coat them generously. The heat from the churros will help the cinnamon-sugar mixture adhere, creating that classic churro flavor.
For an extra layer of indulgence, serve your baked churros with a variety of dipping. sauces. Popular choices include caramel sauce . You can even dip them in chocolate glaze or even a homemade strawberry compote.
Making Your Churros Gluten Free
You can substitute gluten free flour in place of the regular flour but I've found that it does change the texture and consistency a little bit. I've had the best luck using Cup4Cup gluten free all purpose flour.See Cup 4 Cup Flour Ingredients
Tips for Perfectly Baked Churros
Here are some tips to ensure your baked churros turn out perfectly:
- Use a Star-Tip Piping Bag: A star-shaped piping tip creates the signature ridges and texture of churros.
- Maintain Consistent Size: Pipe churros of similar size to ensure even baking.
- Don't Overcrowd the Baking Sheet: Leave enough space between churros on the baking sheet to allow for proper circulation.
- Rotate if Needed: Depending on your oven, you may need to rotate the baking sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use gluten-free flour to make baked churros for those with dietary restrictions.
While baked churros are slightly less crispy than their fried counterparts, they still have a delightful crunch with a softer interior.
Baked churros are best enjoyed fresh but can be reheated in the oven to restore some crispiness.
You can get creative with toppings by using powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or even drizzling melted chocolate over your baked churros.
Baked Churros offer a guilt-free twist on a classic dessert. These delightful treats are the perfect way to satisfy your churro cravings while embracing a healthier alternative. With the warmth of cinnamon-sugar coating and a variety of delicious dipping sauces, baked churros are sure to become a family favorite.
- Piping bag
- Cookie sheet
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- In a sauce pan, place the water, butter, sugar and vanilla.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once mixture has reached a boil, remove the pan from the stove top and stir in the cup of flour, stirring until a dough forms.
- Once dough is formed, stir in the eggs one at a time, stirring until each egg is incorporated into the mixture.
- Place the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe six inch by one inch strips onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn heat to broiler and broil for 30 seconds to one minute until outside becomes browned. Turn churros and broil an additonal 30 seconds to one minute. (Only do this if you would like your churros extra crispy and browned).
- Remove churros from oven and turn them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until all sides are coated.