Healthy Mouse - Baked Churros

Churros are a classic amusement park, board walk, and Disney treat. Deep fry almost anything and most of us are perfectly happy. I for one am a huge fan of deep fried pickles with ranch. Disney fans are huge churro conessiours. I recently took a pole of favorite fancy churro flavors at Disneyland Park and California Adventure and received a mountain of responses. There was some special love for the Milk & Cookies churro featured during the holidays and the Fluffernutter churro served during the 2020 Food and Wine Festival.


It got me thinking... is there a was to make a churro that is baked and have it actually taste good? I put on my Disney apron and got to work. First method was oven baking - not everyone has as many kitchen gadgets as I am slowly accumulating. Most people do have an oven. Second method was deep fry in my dutch oven as a comparison (which turned out to be WAY more challenging then I expected!).


I covered a baking sheet with parchment paper with a grid - this really helped to keep the churros on the straight and narrow - and piped batter from a bag with a 1 M tip. After the churros were piped with about 1 inch of space between them they were baked for about 15 minutes. To get some additional browning I broiled them for a few minutes. As I didn't have a bowl long enough for the churros I used my serving plate for Thankgiving and mixed sugar with cinnamon then rolled the churros. The end result was a warm and chewy snack with sweet and spicy notes. It definitely reminds you of why you love churros. A full length churro is 4 points on WW purple plan!



Helpful hint: you can replace sugar in baked goods with Truvia but any coating or dusting will have an aftertaste unless you use real sugar. Plus Truvia is much sweeter in the same quantities. Real sugar tasted 100% better.

Comparing the low point recipe below baked in the oven vs deep fried: deep fried definitely wins. However, you still get the chewy, sweet and spicy experience from a churro that you love even if it's baked in the oven. Deep frying ust gives a texture and crisp that you can't replicate in the oven. Deep frying was challenging because the temperature was fussy. After quite a few trials 355-360 degrees F was best cooked about 90 seconds per side.


I'm definitely going to keep working on Churros - I've got peanut butter and marshmallow fluff in the pantry for the fluffernutter churro. I'm also thinking about a "Monkey Bread" churro inspired by the Cookie Butter Monkey Bread from the Riverbelle Terrace from Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday celebration with vanilla ice cream, pecans, cookie butter, and topped with a cookie butter cookie.... Thoughts?




Baked Churros

Servings: 18 churros

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp truvia brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1.  Line baking sheets and preheat oven to 400°F; prepare a piping bag with a large star piping tip either 1 M or Ateco 824.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together granulated sugar with cinnamon. Transfer cinnamon sugar to bowl, dish or serving platter about the size of finished churro length.
  3. Add water, salt, brown sugar, Greek yogurt, and butter to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil stirring regularly to ensure yogurt is not clumping. Take off heat when water-butter mixture has boiled.
  4. Stir in flour with a whisk until there are no clumps.
  5. Beat eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl and set aside. Add egg mixture to saucepan and whisk until completely smooth.
  6. Scoop prepared dough into pastry piping bag; pipe dough out onto baking sheets into long strips, leaving 1 inches between each piped churro strip.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until ends start to just turn brown, then broil on high for 5 min until golden brown.
  8. Remove from heat and immediately roll in sugar mixed with cinnamon.
  9. Serve while hot!

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