Crunchy Baked Churros

Churros

I admit it. I am one of those people who reach for a sugary fix when I am tired and stressed. The fixation coupled with a love for baking just results adversely on my weight. So I either bake small quantities or take baked goods to work. More recently, I have started to try recipes that are low in sugar ,butter as well as those that use whole wheat flour rather than plain bleached all purpose flour.

It makes eating that extra slice easier (read less guilty).

Today, I made some whole wheat baked churros. Fried dough is enjoyed in every culture and churros are no exception. Served with chocolate or caramel dip these are amazing after dinner or as breakfast. Light, crunchy, cinnamon-ny with a hint of sweetness.

They are extremely easy to prep and bake. We made some straight ones ,circles and hearts. The circles and hearts were promptly gobbled up by tiny hands that sneaked up to the counter. Try some today to celebrate Friday!

Crunchy Baked Churros

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For coating

  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 425 F.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon powder in a wide dish and set the coating aside.

2. Heat water in a sauce pan with the sugar and salt. Once water simmers, add butter. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with vanilla till fluffy.

3. When butter melts, stir it in the water and take off the heat. Add the flour and mix well. Add the eggs and mix well.  The dough will be soft and fluffy.

4. Fill the dough in a piping bag with a star nozzle or in a zip lock bag with a corner cut off.

5. Pipe the churros directly on to the baking sheet.

6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes till golden brown. If they are cooked through but not crispy then keep them under the broiler for a minute. Be alert lest they char.

7. Drop the churros in the coating mix. The cinnamon -sugar coats the churros while they are still warm.

Serve as is or with chocolate dipping sauce.

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on April 5, 2013, in Desserts, Food and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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