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Homemade Churros (Baked, not Fried)

Homemade Baked Churros

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My Homemade Baked Churros recipe just might be better than fried — you be the judge!


Hi Bold Bakers!

Are Baked Churros better than fried ones? I’ll show you how to make Homemade Baked Churros and you can find out for yourself. Plus, learn how to make a gorgeous Hot Chocolate to go along with them. So let’s get baking!

How to make Homemade Baked Churros

Making Homemade Baked Churros is so much easier than you might think. No need to heat up a big pan of messy oil, because this churro dough comes together super easily in a small sauce pot on the stove and is then baked off like a sheet of cookies.

Similar to making my Choux Pastry, this dough starts by combining water, sugar, and butter in a pot. Once that has melted together you add in flour, which will form the mixture into a doughy paste. At this point, you add in your eggs, and the trick here is to mix in the eggs over low heat with a wooden spoon.

At first, the dough might look as if it has separated, but give it time and the eggs will mix into the dough, leaving you with a thick pipe-able churro batter.

Can you substitute the eggs?

Eggs are a key ingredient in this recipe as they help to bind the dough while adding texture and richness. For this reason, eggs cannot be swapped out for anything else in this recipe.

What if I don’t have a piping bag?

Piping the Homemade Churros might sound intimidating but it’s actually super simple. The dough will be loose enough to scoop into your piping bag fitted with a star tip. By applying just a bit of pressure to the piping bag you can smoothly pipe the churros into 3-4 inch strips. They will bake up looking super professional!

If you’ve never used a piping bag before, this is actually a great place to start, as the dough will do most of the work. If you do not have a piping bag you can always use a large plastic bag with the corner snipped off. This will not create the ridges like the star tip will, but will allow you to pipe nice even strips.

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How to serve Homemade Baked Churros?

After the churros have been baked, I toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture while still warm. This helps the sugar coating adhere to the churros and almost melt into them. I love to serve these fresh out of the oven with this Hot Chocolate — it’s a classic pairing.

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How to store Baked Churros

Leftover churros can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. That said they are best when freshly baked and warm!

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Homemade Churros (Baked, not Fried)
Homemade Baked Churros Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

My Homemade Baked Churros recipe just might be better than fried — you be the judge!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 30
Author: Gemma Stafford/Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) water
  • ½ cup (4oz/113g) butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (white if you don’t have brown)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (5oz/143g) plain flour/ all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs , at room temperature
  • For coating:
  • ¼ cups (4oz/113g) sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Hot Chocolate
  • http://thenoshery.com/spanish-hot-cho...
  • Hot Chocolate
  • 6 oz (1 cup/180g) bittersweet chocolate (at least 58% cacao), chopped
  • 2 ½ cups (20oz/570ml) milk
  • ½ tsp cornstarch/ cornflour (to be mixed with a 2 tsp of water)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place two baking sheets on top of each other to bake the churros. This protects your delicate pastry. Line parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, add water, brown sugar, salt, and butter. Place over medium-high heat. Heat until butter is melted and mixture starts to simmer. As soon as it is simmering, whisk in the flour. Whisk until there are no flour lumps and a dough ball has formed.
  3. Now, using a wooden spoon you want to stir the dough around your pot and cook it for about a minute over LOW heat. The mixture will clump and pull away from the sides of the pan. Just do it for a minute :), then take it off the heat and set aside.
  4. In a jug, combine eggs and vanilla and whisk together.
  5. Using your wooden spoon add incorporate a little of your egg mixture into your dough. Stir and mash, breaking up the dough until loosened. Stir well until eggs are incorporated and mixture has the appearance of mashed potatoes.
  6. Continue adding your eggs until combined
  7. Transfer your dough to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  8. Pipe dough into long churros on the parchment-covered pans. Make sure to pipe them nice and thick. Do this by putting pressure on the bag and piping slowly.
  9. Leave about 2 inches of space between the churros.
  10. Bake for around 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. THEN turn off the oven and leave them in there for 10 minutes to dry a little. This step helps them keep their shape and not going flat once they cool.
  11. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt in a ziplock baggie.
  12. Take the churros straight from the oven and toss them in the Roll churros in the mixture until well covered. It is best to do this when the churros are warm and fresh from the oven.
  13. Enjoy your homemade churros with my decadent and thick hot chocolate
  14. For the Hot Chocolate:
  15. In a large heavy saucepan heat the milk until to a simmer.
  16. Combine chocolate, Heat the chocolate over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted.
  17. Whisk the cornstarch mixed with water (aka slurry) into the chocolate.
  18. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until chocolate mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes, whisking, until thick.
  19. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in vanilla.
  20. Serve in large cups with churros.

 

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  1. Grace on September 9, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    SO good! I have made these twice now and they’re so easy to make. I don’t even make the chocolate sauce because they are amazing on their own with a cup of coffee! Next time I’ll have to try the chocolate though 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Hi Grace,
      Thank you for this lovely review of this recipe, I appreciate it. It is indeed a lovely light snack,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Geeta on September 6, 2019 at 11:38 am

    This recipe was spot on. I made it with the kids and they enjoyed every element-especially the final result, with and without chocolate. I might try it with a little less butter next time to see if it’s any different.
    I totally recommend people have a go. Thanks Gemma

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Yay! This warms my heart. Thank you so much.

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