Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cheater CHURROS

On my return flight from Texas last week I purchased a copy of Southern Living magazine (May 2011) in the Denver airport. I found this sweet and simple little recipe inside and knew I was going to try it when I got home. Our computer ended up with an aggressive virus (or two!), but thank goodness we had this spare, which my husband set up for me.  I also ended up having to replace my camera lens with a new one, which became my Mother's day gift:)
If you have a hankering for churros you will LOVE this recipe. It's definitely a shortcut version of the original churro from Spain. These come together in a flash, using puff pastry, and are baked, not fried. They ended up flaky, and with all the cinnamon-sugary goodness of their fried counterpart. Without further ado, the recipe...

Oven-Baked Churros
(Makes 3 dozen)

1 (17.3- oz.) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed  (I actually used 1 sheet/half a package and made 18 churros, but kept all the other ingredient amounts as listed)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Unfold and cut puff pastry sheets in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.  Place strips on a lightly greased parchment paper-lined baking sheet(I used a stoneware baking sheet without grease or parchment:)) Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
2.  Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Remove pastry sheets from oven, and dip in butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry. Delicious!

The churros are really tasty with hot chocolate:)

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25 comments:

  1. I love this idea. So much easier and healthier than the original.

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  2. What a fun way to make churros. That puff pastry is so versatile. Grrr...computer viruses are not fun...Joni

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  3. Oh my goodness, they look so good,I wish I could eat about a dozen now with a cold glass of milk, yummy! Thanks for the receipe!

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  4. Oh Sue those look fantastic! So delicious with all the cinnamon sugar. Great idea!!!

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  5. Looks Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I will have to try these :o)

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  6. Now I understand why they are called "cheater"ja, ja, ja ... The Churros are Spanish. Here If they are not fried they are not churros... We always fry with olive oil so they are not as unhealthy as it seems ... They are delicious, my daughters love them. I totally agree with the last sentence:The churros are really tasty with hot chocolate:)

    Un beso, Miriam G.

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  7. Those cheater churros look delicious and easy- a very dangerous combo!

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  8. What a great recipe! I will be trying them soon:)

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  9. A little girl in my son's class brought Churros to school a few weeks ago. He asked her how to spell it and brought a post-it note home. He gave it to me and asked me to make them. I have been searching for a recipe that calls for baking them. Guess what I will be making this weekend? Thanks for sharing the recipe Sue! Have a beautiful day!

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  10. This is such a fabulous idea! What a quick way to get instant yummy-ness on hand!

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  11. love this! such a fab lil shortcut for a favorite treat. thanks for sharing, loves LOVE :)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  12. awesome!! This couldn't have been more timely...last week was cinco de mayo and at my kiddo's school they served churros...APPARENTLY his bad mother forgot to give him snack money and he was unable to buy a churro! He has been obsessing slightly over them the past week. Bookmarking!

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  13. These sound delicious and so easy to make (my two favorite things!) =o) You can't go wrong with cinnamon and sugar!!! Can't wait to make these! Thanks!

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  14. Wow! Thanks for sharing!! Too bad for your computer and camera woes! Yikes

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  15. Yummy! I love churros, whenever we go to Disneyland it's my favorite treat! I will have to try these, thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Never had churros but do have a box of puff pastry in the freezer, from the looks of these, it's time to thaw it and put it to good use!

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  17. What a clever idea Sue! I don't like deep frying much but this gets around that little issue quite nicely! :)

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  18. Blogger is finally BACK!
    Those churros look delicious!

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  19. Yum! This recipe sounds simple and delicious. I love all the cinnamon and sugary deliciousness :)

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  20. I totally agree with all the comments about making an easier and less naughty option than regular churros. Great idea!

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  21. These are a lifesaver! I've tried making churros.... and they are difficult, to say the least! I love how easy your recipe is!

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