• Orange-Cinnamon Churros with Warm Chocolate Sauce

    Orange-Cinnamon Churros with Warm Chocolate Sauce

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    Yield: 8 servings
    Active Time: 30 minutes

    • For Churros:
    • Vegetable, corn, or another neutral oil for frying
    • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1 C water
    • 1 orange, zested
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 eggs
    • For Chocolate Sauce:
    • ? C heavy cream
    • ? C AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate drink mix
    Step 1

    In a large, heavy bottom pot, over medium-high heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of about 2 inches. Heat the oil, uncovered, until it reaches 350F. While you wait for the oil to heat, continue to prep the remaining ingredients.

    Step 2

    On a small plate, create the cinnamon sugar by mixing together ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon. Set aside.

    Step 3

    In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the remaining tablespoon of sugar, with the salt, butter, water, and zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and add flour all at once. Stir constantly until a ball forms, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat, and beat in the eggs, one a time, into the mixture.

    Step 4

    Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe 4 inch strips of dough into hot oil, cooking about 7 to 10 strips of dough per batch, to keep from overcrowding the pot. Turn the dough as it browns, cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, until browned on all sides.

    Step 5

    Remove churros from oil, quickly drain on paper towels, and immediately roll churros in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve with warm chocolate sauce for dipping.

    Step 6

    For chocolate sauce:
    In a medium pot over medium heat, whisk together the cream and drink mix. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into a small bowl, or individual cups, for serving with churros.

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