This is pretty much just the best dessert/breakfast/snack EVER. I got the recipe from my adorable friend Katie, who is quite the world traveler. I love hearing about her adventures! She's always off somewhere fun (Disneyland, Hawaii, Paris, Scotland, Hong Kong, and so on) and all with her super cute twin toddlers in tow! I met her when I was in nursing school, and we discovered that among other things, we share a love of cooking. Along with our sweet friend Emma, we love to get together periodically for a day of sharing recipes and baking. Katie shared this recipe with us a few months ago, and told us that she used to eat churros con chocolate with fresh orange juice every morning while she was doing an internship in Spain several years ago. (I know, some people have all the luck!)
It was love at first bite for me... the chocolate sauce is sort of a cross between hot chocolate and chocolate pudding, and the churros are very lightly sweetened, crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. When the churros are dunked in the sauce, though... holy hannah they are delicious! I've mentioned before that I'm not super into deep frying, but these are worth making an exception for. I really thought churros would be harder to make, but they're super easy and fairly foolproof. These are the perfect treat for your Valentine!
Churros con Chocolate
recipe from my dear friend, Katie Hagen
for the churros:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
oil for frying
for the chocolate sauce:
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 cups milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar
Boil water and butter in a saucepan. Add flour while boiling, stir all at once to form a dough. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and add eggs one at a time while beating. Mix until smooth. Bring 2 inches of oil to 365 degrees in a deep sauce pan.
Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch and milk in a saucepan. Add chocolate and sugar. Bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat.
Put churro dough into a pastry bag with a large star tip. Pipe six inch pieces of dough into hot oil, and cook until golden brown (2-3 minutes per side). Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar.
Serve with a cup of chocolate for dipping and fresh orange juice!
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