One of my all-time favorite foods is the churro, and I was so excited to finally try them in Spain last year on my very first trip to the Iberian peninsula. Though the churro gained popularity in Spain, the roots of this pastry actually trace back to China, where Portuguese merchants tried youtiao. I've also had numerous delicious churros through the years while studying in Argentina and Mexico, where dulce de leche is a popular addition, and traveling across Latin America.
I'm happy to report that the churros in Spain live up to the hype. But what's not to love about deep-fried dough sweetened with cinnamon and sugar? It's even better served with your favorite dipping sauce. For my roommate from Nuevo León, that's chocolate. You could also throw together a fresh fruit compote of guava or mango. The possibilities are truly endless.
Disney is known for serving a bite-sized version of churros in its parks throughout the world. While the parks are closed, it created a version that you can enjoy at home. If you like ice cream, you can also try making the brand's famous kitchen sink sundae or peanut butter and jelly milkshake.
And Disney isn't the only major brand to release some of its top-secret recipes as loyal fans have found themselves suddenly at home. Chipotle recently shared its guacamole recipe, DoubleTree published its chocolate chip cookie recipe and IKEA created a recipe for its iconic Swedish meatballs.
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Recipe: Churro Bites, from Disney Parks Blog
- 1 cup water
- 8 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
- ½ cup sugar
- Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring pot to rolling boil.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5-7 min.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
- Using caution, heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
- Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry.
- Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
- Drain churro bites on paper towel.
- Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.
Disney offers a printable version of the recipe here.