- 50g butter, melted
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 250g plain flour, from a new bag (essential for absorbing the liquid)
- 1 tsp baking powder
Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
- about 1 litre sunflower oil
Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…
- a few chunks of bread
For the sauce
- 200g dark chocolate, not too bitter, broken into chunks
Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…
- 100ml double cream
- 100ml whole milk
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup…
- ½ tsp vanilla extract, if you have some
For the cinnamon sugar
Boil the kettle, then measure 300ml boiling water into a jug and add the melted butter and vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder into a big mixing bowl with a big pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, then pour in the contents of the jug and very quickly beat into the flour with a wooden spoon until lump-free. Rest for 10-15 mins while you make the sauce.
Put all the sauce ingredients into a pan and gently melt together, stirring occasionally until you have a smooth shiny sauce. Keep warm on a low heat.
Fill a large deep saucepan one-third full of oil. Cooking with hot oil can be dangerous – before you start, read up on how to deep-fry safely to avoid accidents in the kitchen. Heat until a cube of bread browns in 45 seconds to 1 min. Cover a tray with kitchen paper and mix the caster sugar and cinnamon together.
Fit a star nozzle to a piping bag – 1.5-2cm wide is a good size. Fill with the rested dough, then pipe 2-3 strips directly into the pan, snipping off each dough strip with a pair of kitchen scissors. Fry until golden brown and crisp. Be very careful here – if air bubbles form in the churros they can explode, especially if the oil overheats or you use old flour. Cooking with hot oil can be dangerous – before you start, read up on how to deep-fry safely to avoid accidents in the kitchen. Keep children out of the kitchen and protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and eye protection, and keeping your face away from the pan.
Once the churros are crisp and golden brown, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on the kitchen paper-lined tray. Carry on cooking the rest of the dough in batches, sprinkling the cooked churros with some cinnamon sugar as you go. When you’ve cooked all the churros, toss with any remaining cinnamon sugar and serve with the chocolate sauce, for dipping.
To see a video of how to prepare churros, take a look at our churros ice cream sandwich recipe.