Skip the greasy mess and bake these healthier churros rather than frying them in oil. The cinnamon-sugar-dusted classic Mexican dessert comes out of the oven crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 cup water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Combine water, butter, brown sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until completely incorporated and the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Whisk eggs and vanilla in a small bowl. Add to the dough and stir until completely incorporated. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a ¾-inch open-star tip. (Alternatively, if using a 1-quart sealable plastic bag, fill it with dough and seal almost completely, leaving a small opening for air to escape from the top as you squeeze. Snip off a bottom corner, making a ¾-inch-wide opening.) Pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheet to make 12 churros, each 4 inches long.
Bake the churros, turning once halfway, until puffed and browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Combine sugar and cinnamon on a shallow plate. Roll the hot churros in the mixture and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
Equipment: Parchment paper or baking mat, pastry bag with ¾-inch open-star tip or 1-quart sealable plastic bag
106 calories;5 g fat(3 g sat); 0 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 41 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 164 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 111 mg sodium; 28 mg potassium
I made these today. 2 issues with them. When you mix the egg mixture with the dough part needs to be done in a mixer. I could not get it to mix any other way. Biggest issue is the cinnamon sugar will not stick to them even when hot out of the oven. I finally brushed the with sugar and then it stuck. I will make them again. They were good.