Many dispute who should take credit for the origin of churros, a delicious treat. Some people believe Spaniard Shepherds created them while others believe that the Portuguese discovered a very similar food in northern China so they copied the recipe and brought it to Europe.
Regardless, everyone can agree that churros are very delicious, no matter who first made the recipe. When growing up in Argentina, during winter times, a guy called “el churrero” (the churro guy) would pass through neighbourhoods with his bike and a huge basket full of churros to sell. Inside, they were filled with dulce de leche. I am typing this with a big smile on my face because those memories were priceless.
Well, I am not the churrera, but I have a simple, delicious, and easy recipe for Vegan churros I hope you like. A word of caution! When frying them, please stay very far from the oil. Churros can be sneaky and they can explode if you don’t know what you are doing so… try to be as far from the stove as much as you can. However, I didn’t have any issue when I made them. Let’s start!
¾ cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of margarine
2 tablespoons of sugar
Oil for frying
For the coating: ½ cup of granulated sugar and 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon.
In a small sauce pan (medium heat) add the water, margarine and sugar. Using a whisk or spatula combine everything and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiled, turn off the heat.
Then add the flour and start mixing everything until it forms a big and smooth ball (it will leave the sides of the pan and the bottom too). Transfer the dough into a plate or counter and let it cool for a few minutes, you want to work with this dough while warmish but not cold. Once you are able to touch it without getting burned, start kneading it for a couple of minutes.
Add the dough into a piping bag with a start-shaped nozzle and start piping them out. Let them rest for a few minutes before frying them. After they are nice and brown, remove them from the oil and roll them into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Voila, you have Vegan homemade churros. Enjoy!