Churros are the Mexican equivalent of what Americans consider fried dough. Street carts and festivals often sell these fried, sugary, buttery treats. Now you can make your own!
3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup water
1⁄2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
1⁄4 cup ground cinnamon
1. Pour oil into a medium-sized frying pan (the oil should be 1 to 2 inches deep). Heat to 375°F.
2. Heat the water to a rolling boil in medium-sized saucepan. Add the butter and continue to boil.
3. Quickly stir in the flour and salt. Reduce heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball,
4. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs 1 at a time, until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
5. Form the dough into round sticks about 10 inches long and 1-inch thick.
6. Fry the sticks 2 or 3 at a time until light brown.
7. Remove the sticks and cool on paper towels.
8. Mix together the powdered sugar and cinnamon on a large plate. As soon as the churros are cool, roll them in the mixture. Set aside until completely cool.
Fry, Fry Again Although it seems easy, frying food is a great art. The oil must be hot enough to cook the food without soaking into the food. At the same time, if the oil is too hot, it will cook the outside of the food before the inside is completely cooked.