Not to brag but I’m pretty sure I could make it into the Guinness book of records for amount of baking done on little/no sleep.
My kids are notoriously poor sleepers; they torture me all night and think they can act cute in daylight hours to make up for it.
Whereas I try not to complain (not really I complain constantly) nothing takes the edge off fatigue like lovely sugary carbs!
These Churros are perfect as not only are they a sugary chocolate treat, the stages involved provide a good few hours of screen-free fun.
You will need a piping bag with an open star nozzle and 2 baking sheets well greased or lined with baking paper.
For the churros
- 250ml water
- 100g butter
- 2 spoonfuls sugar
- 150g plain flour
- 3 eggs (ours were medium)
For the chocolate coating
- 150g milk chocolate
- 50g butter
- 75ml water
- 100g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4.
There’s a bit of heat involved at the beginning here but if your bakers are too young for heat work, there’s plenty more to keep them busy in this recipe.
On a pan, set over a medium heat, bring the water, sugar and butter to a gentle boil.
Remove from the heat and quickly mix in the flour to form a ball of dough.
One at a time, whisk in the eggs until you have a thick batter.
Pour the batter into the piping bag and pipe shapes onto the lined baking trays.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until raised and golden, then turn off the oven and allow to cool inside for 15 minutes or so. This keeps the churros nice and crisp on the outside.
Take them out of the oven and for optional additional yumminess- brush with some melted butter and sprinkle a bit of caster sugar over.
Whilst cooling make the chocolate coating while they cool completely.
To make the chocolate coating, break the chocolate up into squares and pop into a microwave safe bowl.
Blast in short bursts of 10-15 seconds, stirring well in between until it’s completely melted.
Beat in the butter, icing sugar and water until the mixture is smooth and shiny.
Dip the churros into the chocolate mixture and enjoy 😀