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Churros, the tasty deep-fried sticks of dough, sugar sprinkled and served with warm chocolate sauce for dipping, have long been the working man’s breakfast or after-party snack of choice in Spain, with churrerías often the first eateries to open in the morning, and the last to close at night. In Latin America too, churros are available in cafés for breakfast, although they are also eaten throughout the day as a snack.

Sometimes called Spanish doughnuts, churros are popular in Spain, France, Portugal, Latin America (including Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands) and the United States. Specialized churrerías can be found in the form of a shop or a street stall. They are often sold by street vendors, who will often fry them freshly on the street stand and sell them hot.

The churro dough is a mixture of flour, water and salt. It is piped through a churrera, a syringe with a star-shaped nozzle giving the churro its signature ridges.

It was the Spanish conquistadores who introduced churros to Latin America. Since then, the modern-day churro has undergone various reincarnations. While long, straight churros filled with chocolate, cajeta (kah-he-tah, caramelized milk also known as dulce de leche) or vanilla are found in Mexico and most of the South American countries, in Cuba they come with guava stuffing.

I still remember my first taste of churros con chocolate at a popular café in Madrid. The thin spiral-shaped strips accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate sauce were a delicious treat in the chilly November weather. Then in Mexico, stopping for a chocolate-filled churro at stalls in shopping malls became a regular habit with me.

Straight or spiral-shaped, with or without a dusting of cinnamon and sugar, dipped in chocolate or filled with it, churros, continue to be one of my favorite dessert (snacks).

I make my version of chocolate-filled churros to enjoy with my family. They are very quick and easy to prepare. If you wish to try them out, I have the recipe for you right here : My Chocolate-Filled Churros

Before leaving, here’s Antonio Banderas in Canción del Mariachi…enjoy 🙂

Until we me again…take care 🙂

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