Meatless Monday: Baked Churros

by May 2nd, 2011 // Desserts, Holiday, Snacks, Veggie Friendly

Meatless Monday: Baked Churros

It’s almost Cinco De Mayo and I’m in the mood for Mexican food! One thing I simply cannot resist is churros. It’s basically like a donut but more crunchy and cinnamon-y. What’s not to like about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar?

My family loves going downtown Los Angeles to Olvera Street and indulging on fresh churros, but we obviously cannot do this every day. They are fried for goodness sake. But, now that I’ve found a baked recipe, I’m thinking maybe every other day is ok? Just for me. I’ll only let the kids have them every third day. That’s good parenting!

Sylvie was so excited to make these not only because they are such a treat, but she also loves to use a pastry bag. This is really the key to making them look and feel just like fried churros.

My little guy even got in on the action by shaking the cinnamon sugar and churros together in a paper bag.

I’m here to tell you that baking are just as delicious and irresistible as their fried friends. Ole!

Reduced Guilt Baked Churros adapted from Isabel’s Cantina cookbook

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cinnamon sugar
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan combine the butter, salt and water. Bring to a boil over medium high. Remove from heat add the flower and stir to combine. Place dough into the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on medium low add one egg at a time making sure each egg in combined before adding another. When all the eggs are are combined add the vanilla. Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Lightly spray a cookie sheet and pipe 8 inch rows of the dough with at least 1 inch between each churro. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Place cinnamon sugar in a paper bag. Spray one churro lightly with cooking spray, place it in the bag and gently shake until coated. Repeat until all the churros are finished. Makes about 10 churros.

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33 Comments on “Meatless Monday: Baked Churros”

  1. 1.) Miriam
    May 2nd, 2011

    These sound amazing! Not only will I be trying these at home, but my middle school culinary students will do these for a cooking lab!!

  2. 2.) Rebecca
    May 2nd, 2011

    um, can i go back to middle school and be in your class? that's so COOL!

  3. 3.) angie
    May 2nd, 2011

    These look so awesome! YUM!

  4. 4.) Rebecca
    May 2nd, 2011

    they taste double awesome!

  5. 5.) Vicky
    May 2nd, 2011

    What are the measurements of the sugar and cinnamon in the cinnamon sugar?

  6. 6.) Macki
    May 2nd, 2011

    I like 1/2 cup sugar to a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon.

  7. 7.) Sarah
    May 3rd, 2011

    Thanks looks really good!

  8. 8.) Helena
    May 3rd, 2011

    I really like churros, but I don't want to fry anything in my tiny kitchen. This is such a good looking alternative 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  9. 9.) lyndysue
    May 3rd, 2011

    Adding these to Thursday's menu! I'm all about yummy, cake-y stuff rolled around in masses of cinnamon sugar! Sounds delish and your boy makes it look delectable (just like him!)

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  11. 11.) Sunni
    May 31st, 2011

    Today is a churro kind of day! Making these for a treat tonight! 🙂

  12. 12.) Kate
    June 14th, 2011

    I’m making these right now, I was so glad to find a baked churro recipe when I was looking for one. I can’t wait to try them, thanks for the recipe.

  13. 13.) Rho
    July 16th, 2011

    I was trying these today but for some reason, the consistency of the dough was far too liquidy!

    I have no idea why, I followed the recipe to a t and the only difference was that our electric whisk/mixer doesn’t have a paddle attachment. Though truth be told I don’t know how essential a paddle attachment is to the consistency of dough.

    Any ideas?

    Either way, they came out really tasty and I don’t think anyone cared that the shape was all wrong. 😀

  14. 14.) Macki
    July 16th, 2011

    @Rho I have no idea why they would come out liquidy. The paddle attachment should make much of a difference, I suggest using the paddle because the dough is quite thick. Sorry they didn’t turn out, guess it’s just an excuse to make them again 😉

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