Early in the morning, in most towns in Spain, las abuelitas gather in the town squares where they cook and sell their delicious churros. It's something that I miss most about Spain.
In the larger cities, you can find churros in the little cafés that are scattered throughout the city. I took the photo above in Zaragoza about five years ago. We were there for a wedding and my dad introduced my two older children to churros. I prefer to just dip my churros in sugar, but my kids went on a sugar overload and enjoyed dipping theirs in chocolate.
At any rate, when I saw this recipe for making churros in the air fryer of all things, I was intrigued. So I'm sharing the recipe here with you in case you are looking for a little adventure to enjoy with your children this holiday season. If you don't have an air fryer, scroll down for alternative ways to make churros!
Let me know how they turn out for you!
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Air Fryer Churros
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
- Open Star Pastry Tip .63'' Opening Diameter
- Disposable Piping Bags 12 Inch
- Medium pot
- Wooden Spoon
- Air Fryer (I love my Gourmia 8 qt digital air fryer!)
- ½ + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- Caramel sauce, optional
- Chocolate sauce, optional
In a medium size pot, add your water, salt, and butter. Bring heat to medium and keep stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the butter is melted. Once melted reduce heat to low.
Add your flour and keep stirring, to keep the dough smooth, for about 3-5 minutes.
Add in your eggs one at the time, and make sure to immediately mix them in well. Remove from heat when the dough is smooth and thickened.
Put your piping bag in a glass, with the tip folded up, and add your dough to the piping bag. I used a larger churros tip.
Depending on the size of your airfryer, you might have to work in batches. Use a cooking spray to avoid sticking. Pipe and cut about 8 pieces of churros into your airfryer tray, make sure they have enough space in between. You can make them as long as you wish. I made mine about 1-2 inches long.
Cook the churros for 6-8 minutes (depending on the thickness of your churros) on 370 degrees Fahrenheit. And repeat until you’re out of dough.
While your churros are cooking, mix your cinnamon and sugar into a bowl (large enough for your churros).
Dip and roll each churro into the cinnamon sugar. If you like a thicker layer of cinnamon sugar, melt some additional butter and brush it onto the churros first, and then dip into the cinnamon sugar.
Serve warm with caramel or chocolate sauce, if you like.