Spanish Churros con Chocolate: Cooking Around The World

Editor’s note: Not that Travel Belles need an excuse to talk chocolate, but January 31 was National Hot Chocolate Day AND it’s been two whole weeks since we talked about this European country’s version. Besides we haven’t talked about any European fried dough products in months!  … We’ve got you covered today!

 A traditional post-party breakfast of Spanish hot chocolate (churros con chocolate) is a chocolatey treat Travel Belles can enjoy any time of day

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When it comes to chocolate I love it. Here in Spain, especially after a late night out, a Cola Cao, the country’s trademark hot chocolate, or coffee along with churros dipped in a rich chocolate sauce, is a popular breakfast time indulgence. My stomach doesn’t approve of such early morning eats, but any other time of day  –  well that’s a different story.

Steaming hot churros wrapped in a serviette and dunked in thick, oozing chocolate and sugar is a fantastic treat, and one that visiting family and friends always expect. I couldn’t possibly refuse them, now could I?

Leaving the churrería with a flat coil of piping hot dough between paper and knowing that at home little bowls of thick chocolate sauce and sugar are being prepared along with a decent ground coffee made in a bodum is fun.

The same goes for stepping into a cafe and watching the flamboyant yet artistic method of squeezing the dough out of a huge ‘gun’ into sizzling hot oil in one long unbroken curl. Even extracting any dough from the large gun is a testing feat.

So what is it about churros con chocolate that the Spanish and visitors like? Maybe it’s that “oh I really shouldn’t” feeling, or perhaps an iron stomach or a tee-total night before.

Mobile churro stands are common sights at the fiestas and come into their own around 6 a.m. when partygoers end the night by having churros and coffee before heading home, perhaps to soak up some of the alcohol and go to bed with a full stomach.

Born out of the Spanish thriftiness and that amazing ability to make something tasty out of nothing, churros of churros con chocolate, are created simply from flour and water cooked in the inevitable olive oil. Try these deep-fried churros with a thick chocolate dunking sauce any time of day.

Churros con chocolate

Ingredients for churros

Olive oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Method

To make the dough for the churros, heat the water, margarine and salt until boiling in a saucepan. Add the flour and mix well and vigorously over low heat until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.

Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the eggs all at once. Continue beating until smooth and then add to saucepan while continually stirring mixture.

Heat about 2 to 3 cm of oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Spoon the mixture into a churros maker or a cake decorators’ tube with a large star tip.

Squeeze 10 cm strips into the hot oil, frying 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown. Turn them once, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side. Drain the churros on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Cinnamon is a nice addition to the sugar, although not in the traditional recipe.

Don’t forget to try making the traditional coil. Starting in the middle of the pan keep a constant pressure on the dough-filled tube, trying not to break it. This needs lots of practice!

Ingredients for chocolate dipping sauce

2 cups milk
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp sugar

Method

Put the chocolate and half the milk in a pan and heat gently to dissolve the chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate has melted.

Dissolve the cornstarch in rest of the milk and add to the chocolate with the sugar. Cook on low heat, constantly stirring, until the chocolate has thickened, this should take about five minutes. Add extra cornstarch if necessary (depending on the  consistency you prefer).

Remove from the heat and whisk until smooth.

*Photo by Matt Biddulph

Comments

  1. says

    YUM! The ball I went to last weekend finished with this as dessert, the first time I’d had it in years. It was amazing!

  2. says

    I won’t cook it myself because I don’t know how to boil an egg, but churros con chocolate in a bar in Madrid after a night on the tiles is just the best!!

  3. says

    there are few things more delicious than chocolate and churros…..however i don’t know if i could ever make any myself that tasted as good as those i’ve enjoyed in spain!

  4. says

    Churros and chocolate are the ultimate expression of the four basic food groups: sugar, oil, white flour and of course chocolate. It was one of the things that helped me survive the adaptation to life in Seville, Spain when I moved here in 2004. People here stay up late – as in all night sometimes! And they expect me to do the same, at least occasionally. Luckily, there is an all-night churro stand down by the river, and as I wander home from the Feria or Anselma’s or some other late-night activity, I know there is always the perfect comfort food and energy booster to keep me going.

  5. says

    The churros I have eaten remind me of elephant ears from the state fair in Michigan. Nothing but dough and fried in very cholesterol grease. Delicious. Oh and some sugar. There is a churro stand around the corner from my apartment in Barcelona. I love these grease bombs. Your recipe gives them more cred. They are part of the basic food group in Spain aren’t they?

  6. says

    Freshly cooked hot churros from a stand, especially when it´s the end of a long evening and cooling down it just delicious.