Churro Waffles

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Spanish churros are long pieces of fried dough, which are often paired with a dipping sauce, like chocolate. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, churros are the perfect treat dusted with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. This new take on churros comes in the form of this churro waffles recipe, which coats crispy waffles with cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar gets dusted into all the nooks and crannies that each waffle provides, making sure you get the best in every bite. If you don’t love the idea of frying doughnuts with oil, but love the taste of churros with their varying textures, this churro recipe is cooked on a waffle iron rather than being fried in copious amounts of oil. Shadi, the author of Unicorns In The Kitchen recipe blog, doesn’t like frying food, and therefore came up with this waffle version of churros. They are no less delicious than traditional churros recipes, though, and showcase all the best of them from a fluffy hot interior to the sugar coating and chocolate sauce.

If you are wondering how to make churros, this waffle recipe will be quite different. Traditional churros are more like a fried doughnut, and therefore, have a batter that is much thicker than a waffle batter. Usually, churros will be prepared with a choux pastry dough recipe, which is mixed on the stove and leavened with plenty of eggs. It starts with heating a mixture of water and butter in a saucepan, before adding all the flour at once and stirring until dough forms. At this point, eggs are added one by one until the dough is very light and fluffy, but pipeable if placed in a pastry bag. Churros are usually piped into the hot oil using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, which creates the churros signature ridges, which pick up cinnamon sugar or chocolate sauce perfectly. In the case of this churro recipe, the dough gets dolloped into a waffle iron and cooked to a luscious golden brown. The result is crispy waffles with a soft inside minus the oil.

The most identifying feature of churro recipes, perhaps, is the fact that it comes with a chocolate sauce. Shadi doesn’t tell her readers what kind of chocolate they should use, but good-quality dark chocolate is the best chocolate to use because it contrasts the sweetness of the churros. Alternatively, you could serve these fun desserts with warmed dulce de leche, or a strong cup of coffee or hot chocolate. If you would like to get creative with the chocolate sauce recipe, you could flavour it with other ingredients. Consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick or steeping the cream with a strip of orange rind for an orange-flavoured chocolate sauce. Alternatively, some red wine would add a robust taste to the chocolate sauce.

This homemade waffle recipe is perfect for easy desserts because it is hot, crispy and delicious, but not overly sweetened. Depending on your waffle iron, you can make these, however large or small you like. If you have a waffle iron that makes four large square waffles, but would prefer having smaller sized ones for a party, you could dollop a small amount in the centre of each square rather than what you would typically need to fill the iron entirely. Simple dessert recipes like this one would be hit among any crowd since they would be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Thank you to Shadi, the author of Unicorns In The Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her churro waffles recipe with us.

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