Churros are so tasty! We ate so many when we were in Mexico for a long time and now we wanted to make them ourselves. And it turns out, making churros yourself is not difficult at all.
In this churros recipe we tell you how to make authentic churros with (cinnamon) sugar, but also how to make rainbow churros. Both are super tasty, but definitely go for the rainbow churros if you want to make unique churros. You will not easily find rainbow churros at a fair or when you go on holiday to, for example, Spain, Portugal or Mexico.
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Where Do Churros Come From?
We just mentioned Mexico, Spain and Portugal, but where do churros originally come from? It turns out to be quite a complicated story. Some say that churros comes from the Chinese snack youtiao. The story goes that Portuguese explorers took the Chinese snack to Iberia. There it got its sweet taste and became a popular snack.
But others say that Spanish shepherds invented churros. As a replacement for fresh bread they made a dough of flour, water salt (the basic churros ingredients). The name churros is said to come from the horns of the Churra sheep.
What story is true, we’ll never know, but we are very happy that they were invented. Churros can be found all over the world, including in the Netherlands (often at a fair). Churros are especially popular in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and other countries in Latin America. In Spain, they eat churros for breakfast.
Spanish Churros vs Mexican Churros
Is there a difference between Spanish churros and Mexican churros? Yes, there is. Mexican churros are sweeter than Spanish churros. This is because sugar is added in the churros batter of Mexican churros. Mexican churros are often sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, Spanish churros only with sugar (without cinnamon). The cinnamon sugar churros are our favorite!
There is another difference, Spanish churros are vegan and Mexican are not. The batter of Mexican churros contains egg and butter and the batter of Spanish churros does not.
Our churros recipe is a combination of Spanish churros and Mexican churros. We do not use an egg in our churros batter, but we do add sugar to the batter.
How to Make Churros?
As we said before, making churros yourself is not difficult at all. We use a wok pan with oil to fry the churros, but you can also use a deep fryer, airfryer or oven. Or make it extra easy for yourself, and go for a churros maker.
First you make the batter, then you put this batter in a piping bag and with the piping bag you make long strings of batter. Or use a churros machine! With scissors, you can cut the strings and then fry.
We make rainbow churros from the churros by sprinkling them with colored sugar.
This recipe is completely vegan, so these are delicious vegan churros! If you go abroad, are vegan, and want to eat churros, this is often possible in countries such as Spain and Portugal, but not in Mexico. In Mexico, they often use egg and butter in the churros batter.
How to Store Churros
Churros are best when they are freshly fried. If you want to keep them, store them in an airtight container for a few days, tops. When eating them again, heat them up in a preheated oven (5 minutes at 180 °C / 356 °F).
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Rainbow Churros Recipe
- 1 cup water 250 mililiter
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil for the batter
- 1 cup flour 125 gram
- vegetable oil for frying
Rainbow (cinnamon) sugar
- 5 tablespoon powdered sugar + water
- 6 tablespoon sugar + food coloring
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- Bring a pan to with the water, sugar, salt and oil to a boil. Once it boils, the sugar and salt must be dissolved.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add all the flour at once. Mix until it's a nice batter (note: it is sticky!). Use a silicone spatula to stir the dough. Let the dough cool down.
- While the dough is cooling, you can make the colored (cinnamon) sugar. Spoon 1 tablespoon of sugar (and optionally a pinch of cinnamon) with a pinch of food coloring into a jar and shake until the sugar is evenly colored. Repeat this with all the colors of the rainbow (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red). You can mix orange, green and purple from yellow, blue and red.
- Make the glaze in advance; mix the powdered sugar with water until it is a nice glaze.
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle and heat the oil (we use sunflower oil) in a deep fryer or wok pan to 185 °C / 365 °F. We do not have a thermometer, so we play it by ear. We heat the pan over high heat and then turn it to medium heat for frying.
- Pipe strips of dough into the oil. We cut the dough strips loose with scissors. Fry the churros until golden brown. After frying, drain the churros in a colander (optionally covered with paper towel).
- Decorate the churros by brushing them with icing and then sprinkling with rainbow (cinnamon) sugar. Are you going for authentic churros? Do not use icing, but roll the churros with (cinnamon) sugar when they are fried. ¡Buen provecho!
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