Hanukkah Churros

December 17, 2009

Author Notes: I decided to consider these as fried cookies, since I thought that Hanukkah also deserves some representation. Why churros? Because traditionally we make doughnuts for Hanukkah and I fell in love with churros when I went to Mexico. Also,though it messy I like to play with pastry piping bags. So why not churros? The home made ones are so fluffy. I don't try to fill them with jam like traditional Hanukkah doughnuts, but I do make even tastier sauces on the side. But watch it, they are really impossible to stop eating. And yes, you have to fry them right before serving. - CordeliaCordelia

Food52 Review: We first fell in love with the concept of churros for Hanukkah -- a spicy-sweet twist on the traditional doughnuts, or sufganiyot. Then we tasted Cordelia's version and decided we needed this recipe around for the other 357 days of the year. A light, golden shell and eggy sponge-like interior, swabbed in any of Cordelia's festive trio of sauces, will make you forget every leaden state fair churro you've ever met. Note: Our Nutella seized in the microwave, but heating slowly on the stovetop, stirring occasionally, worked like a charm. - A&MThe Editors

Makes: 20-25 churros

Ingredients

Churros

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar for dusting the churros
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon for dusting
  • Vegetable oil for frying (about 3 cups)

Sauces

  • 3/4 cup of Nutella
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 cup of frozen strawberries (or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Small can of sweet condensed milk
In This Recipe

Directions

Churros

  1. Put the water, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the butter in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the flour and mix quickly and firmly with a whisk until ball is formed.
  2. Take of the heat and mix in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. Let the dough cool down a bit and then transfer to a pastry piping bag with a big star tip. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan (oil should be about 2 inch deep) until very hot, but not smoking. Squeeze the dough into the hot oil in sections of about 4 inches. Fry the churros for 2-3 minutes on each side until they puff up and deep golden brown on the outside. Fry 4-5 doughnuts at the time, do not crowd the pan too much.
  4. Spread the 1/2 cup of sugar (and the cinnamon if you want) in a shallow dish. Take the churros out of the oil, let them drip the excess oil for a little bit on a plate with a paper-towel and then transfer to the sugar and roll the churros in it until cover well. Serve immediately with the sauces on the side.

Sauces

  1. Nutella sauce: Warm the Nutella and the heavy cream in a microwave for 2 minutes until the Nutella is soft and melted. Mix well before serving.
  2. Strawberry sauce: put the strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. The sugar should caramelize a bit and the strawberries are soft and break down. Put in a food processor with vanilla and lemon juice and process until very smooth.
  3. You can serve the sweet condensed milk as is or cook on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes while mixing until reduced down and caramelize.

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