Valentine’s Day Churros

Hooray for churros! I’ve been craving these babies every day since returning from the Gold Coast last week. Despite the crazy rain up north we managed to pay a visit to Warner Bros Movie World (which was awesome btw), where we were greeted with churros stalls every 20 metres we walked. I was in heaven! Lucky for me the prices at theme parks are always pretty steep – churros were selling for $3 a pop! – otherwise I probably would’ve come home 10 kilos heavier.

If you haven’t tried these spanish donuts before you are seriously missing out! These crunchy deep fried golden sticks of heaven are delicious. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I wanted to incorporate a Valentine’s Day theme into the recipe so I piped the churros out into heart shapes. Nawww cute huh? I rolled them around in cinnamon sugar which is how they were served at Movie World but I’ve also eaten them before dusted with icing sugar and dipped in chocolate sauce, which tastes just as good. It took under half an hour to whip these up from start to finish so if you’re looking for something easy to put together for your man/woman this Valentine’s Day then this is definitely the recipe to try!

Valentine’s Day Churros (serves 4)

Churros Dough
1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 quarts oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar
1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball of dough.

Place dough in a piping bag and pipe heart shapes onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). You can test this by placing a wooden chopstick or skewer into the oil and if it bubbles around the chopstick the oil is ready.

Use a deep frying spatula (or similar) to carefully place the hearts into the oil. If you’re not making heart shaped churros you can pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag to form a long churro. Fry until golden and drain on paper towels.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Enjoy!

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  1. Am resisting the desire to type “omg” over and over again here! My partner and I just returned from Spain, where I believe he discovered the sweet toothed child in him all over again. These things are fabulous, and thanks for the recipe and a valentine’s dessert idea!

  2. That’s so creative of you! And looks so yummmm!
    Hey guess where Mahar is taking me tmr for dinner? Chophouse!!! haha I thought of you straight-away!

  3. THANK YOU for not being afraid of fried dough. If I see one more baked “doughnut” recipe, I’m going to put an axe through my computer. These are adorable and look absolutely delicious!

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  5. You made my day with these delicious churro s..I live in So. California and was raised on these but didn’t know how to make them..My husband picked a bad time to go on a diet..it’s a good thing, I not on one..eat on kids!

  6. Just made these babies now.. they are sooooooooo good! Thank you. I will be taking some in tomorrow into school to share with my friends if there are any left xxx

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    • Hi there,
      I used a piping bag with a jagged nozzle to shape them. It makes it easier if you pipe them in a straight line, and then mold them into shape with your hand. Or you could just pipe them directly into a heart shape and join the ends together.

  9. What an awesome idea! You’re going to think I’m crazy but I haven’t had many churro’s in my life but my son-in-law LOVES them. Do they have to be eaten immediately or can they be made one morning and given to someone that afternoon?

    • I think they should be ok if you make them in the morning and eat in the afternoon. Potentially pop them in the oven for a few min to warm them up! Let me know how you go! :)

  10. Awww, these are so cute! I’ve been meaning to try and make some churros on my onw, since I’ve tasted them about 2 weeks ago in Berlin. I may have to try and make some in heart shape also. That’s a really great idea! thanks for sharing! :-)

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