I always eat churros for breakfast whenever I go to my grandmother’s village!
When freshly made, churros are deliciously crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Are Churros a Typical Spanish Breakfast?
Here in Spain, we don’t eat churros every day, we eat them on special occasions or when we suddenly feel like it, either for breakfast or as a snack. I would say that we consider churro a treat.
Churros come with the shape of loops or sticks, and the way to eat them for breakfast is plain, coating the churro in sugar or dipping it in coffee. We don’t usually dip it in hot chocolate for breakfast since it might be too heavy to start the day!
However, we love eating churros with hot chocolate when we celebrate special occasions such as New Year’s breakfast or special family evenings. Also, churros with hot chocolate is the perfect afternoon snack to eat in the cold winter evenings.
Where to Buy Churros?
You can find freshly made churros in churrerías ( churro shops ), and ready to cook frozen ones in the supermakets. But also you can make them at home, and I got you covered for this one!
Near my house in Madrid, there is a food truck ( the new version of churrería, I guess ) with a huge frying pan in the inside ready to make and sell churros. Every morning you can see people forming long lines to get these sweet treats
What is the Origin of Churros?
The origin of churros is a bit uncertain. On one hand, it is said that Portuguese brought them from China to the Iberian Peninsula. On the other, there is a legend that claims that it was Spanish shepherds who invented this popular dish, as the dough was easy to make and fry during their long stays in the fields. The name churro could come from the churra sheep, a native breed of Castilla y León.
Churros recipe passed from the countryside to the small villages, where churros were made in churrerías. In my view, there is no better smell in the morning than that of freshly baked bread and churros in the villages.
Do you want to learn how to make authentic Spanish churros? Get on board!
How to Make Churros
As a child, I saw these delicious figures as impossible to make; however, I never imagined that I would learn how to make churros.
What Are Churros Made Of?
Churros are a fried dough made of flour, water and salt. In this case we add milk and egg white and you will see how delicious they turn out!
There are two traditional ways of making churros according to old Spanish recipe books. One traditional way to make churros is by adding only flour, water and salt, and the other way is by adding also milk and egg white. The latter is the one I share with you and with which the churros come out exquisite!
Believe it or not, churros are very easy to make. For this reason I’ve carefully broken down each step of this churros recipe, so that your churros come out perfect the first time.
Easy Homemade Churros Recipe
1. In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Put it over medium heat until boil.
2. Sift 1 cup of all-purpose flour into a small bowl, to then add it into the saucepan with the milk mixture. Cook the flour in the saucepan for one and a half minutes over medium heat. Keep stirring, with a wooden spoon, while preventing the dough from sticking to the sides of the pan.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and put the dough in a bowl. Then, add in one egg white to the mixture and keep stirring. You can knead the dough with your hands but be careful not to burn yourself!
Tip for this third step: Knead until the dough absorbs the egg white. You will know the dough is well done when you knead without it sticking to your hands.
4. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, pour plenty of soft olive oil (> 200 ml) in a (9 inch) frying pan and put it over medium heat for 8/9 minutes until it reaches 356°F ( 180°C ). I use a cooking thermometer to measure the temperature.
10 minutes later…
6. Once the oil is ready, load the dough into a churro maker. Then, pipe lines about 4″ long.
Tips for this sixth step:
- You can pipe the dough either directly into the hot oil or onto a piece of parchment paper before frying.
- I recommend using a churro maker to make churros. If you don’t have one, another way to make churros is using a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle.
7. Fry the churros for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Total time in the pan: 6 minutes approx.
8. Remove the churros from the pan with a skimmer and place them on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
9. In a small bowl, add 100 grams of sugar and coat the freshly made churros in. Et voilà… you have delicious homemade churros for breakfast or afternoon snack!
If you liked these Spanish churros, I challenge you trying other traditional Spanish desserts!
Authentic Spanish Churros Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup full-cream milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 egg white
- In a saucepan, add ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of water and a pinch of salt. Heat over medium flame until it starts to boil.
- Sift 1 cup of flour into a small bowl; then, add the flour to the saucepan with the milk and water. Cook the flour in the saucepan for one and a half minutes over medium heat.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, place the dough in a bowl and then add an egg white to the mixture. Keep stirring. You can knead the dough with your hands but be careful not to burn yourself.
- Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Pour plenty of soft olive oil (> 200 ml) in a 9 inch frying pan and put it over medium heat for 8/9 minutes until it reaches 356°F ( 180°C ).
- Once the oil is hot, load the dough into a churro maker. Then, pipe lines about 4″ long.
- Fry the churros for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Total time in the pan: 6 minutes approx.
- Remove the churros from the pan with a skimmer and place them on a plate with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
- In a small bowl, add 100 grams of sugar and coat the freshly made churros in. Et voilà… you have churros for breakfast or afternoon snack!