Great Bloggers Bake Off | Week 4 – Baked Churros

Time is flying and these Sunday’s keep rolling round so quickly! The Great British Bake Off air’s on a Wednesday but Sunday’s have been the day that I take part in the Great Bloggers Bake Off. This week is week 4 and for the first time ever, I guess in an effort to keep the show from getting boring and stale, it is batter week and I am making Baked Churros.

This weeks bakes:

Signature bake: Yorkshire Puddings  

Technical bake: Lace Pancakes

Showstopper: Churros. 

Yorkshire Puddings was a no as I have made them so many times and they aren’t anything new or special to me. I’d love to make lace pancakes and we often make pancakes at home but I couldn’t get hold of a squeezy bottle in time to join the link up that I enter this post into. I seriously considered using a ketchup bottle but didn’t think it would work so well and decided to wait until I get a more suitable bottle. So that left Churros but I don’t have a fryer, nor do I like to fry anything as I can’t stand the smell. So what the hell was I going to do? Bake them, that’s what.

First, I had to find a recipe. There are lots of different one’s out there and if you watched the show, you’ll have seen that they mostly went for crazy jazzed up recipes. I went for a simple and traditional Spanish recipe that doesn’t contain butter or eggs. A) because I have eaten proper churros in Spain, for Breakfast a couple of times and like to be authentic and B) because I really had no inspiration and am suffering from fatigue this week so my brain wasn’t up to anything taxing like developing a recipe. Who am I trying to kid?! My idea of recipe development involves throwing stuff in a bowl and hoping it works but I wasn’t even up for that! Oh woe is me…..(I’m actually fine and writing this whilst snuggled in bed).

 

Baked Churros Spain

My dude eating Churros for Breakfast in Spain

 

 

I looked through a few recipes and mixed a few up together and came up with the following…

Baked Churros
Serves 2
Baked, slightly healthier, Spanish Churros!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup and 3 tbs of Water
  2. 1 tbs oil
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 2 pinches of salt
  5. 1 Cup of flour ( I used self raising as that's what I had but plain is fine)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Place the flour in a bowl
  3. Place all other ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil.
  4. Brush a baking tray with oil and put in the oven to heat.
  5. When boiling, pour the water into the flour and mix.
  6. Spoon the dough / paste, into a piping bag and take the hot tray out of the oven.
  7. Pipe the churros onto the tray and use scissors to cut them off.
  8. Brush the churros' with a little oil and bake for 20 mins.
Notes
  1. My chocolate sauce is not authentic in anyway but I made it by heating a tablespoon of Nutella with a splash of milk. I mixed a tbs of cocoa with a tbs of icing sugar and a drop of milk. Keep adding a drop at a time until you get a smooth paste. Mix with the nutella, warm and add more milk if required until you get the desired consistency.
Hannah Spannah https://hannahspannah.co.uk/

 

They were really easy to make but I didn’t add enough water at first and had to add some after the dough had formed a ball, which wasn’t the easiest! I read that a few people suggested that you use a hand mixer to mix the dough but seriously? I had to, in order to get the extra water combined properly but the dough ‘climbed’ up the mixer paddles and turned into one giant ball, enveloping them. Oh dear. I then obviously had to get the dough off them and tried with my hands but those of us that made papier mache in the 80’s, will know that flour and water = glue. That was fun.

 

baked churros

 

I brushed a baking tray with oil and put it in the oven to heat. I finally rescued the dough and managed to get it into the piping bag and piped it onto the hot baking tray. I then used a pastry brush to brush oil onto each one.

 

Baked Churros piping

 

They looked great, I put them in the oven and cooked them for 20 mins. When they were cooked, I rolled them in cinnamon sugar and ate them with a chocolate sauce that I threw together. They were great! Very crispy and really not too dissimilar from ‘proper’ Spanish ones. 

 

baked churros

Baked Churros

 

So, all in all, not a bad result this week. I really enjoyed making them, and eating them (!) but nothing beats a good old fluffy pancake for me!

Here are all my other bakes from this series:

Week 1 : Mirror Glazed Giant Jaffa Cake

Week 2 : Gingerbread 3d Story (I won Star baker for this!)

Week 3 : Chocolate and Cherry Plaited Bread

Love

Hannah Spannah

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. 18/09/2016 / 17:11

    What a fab idea to make baked Churros Hannah. I’ve never tried Churros before and am seriously tempted to try them but but hubby and I are put off by them being deep fried. Not having a deep fat fryer and knowing that I can be incrediby clumsy does make me step back a moment to re think. Those ridges on the Churros look great, perfect for holding the scrummy chocolate sauce! 🙂
    Angela x

    • Hannah Atkinson
      18/09/2016 / 19:43

      Thank you Angela! I’m the same! All the chip pan fire safety adverts from the 80’s have put me off for life!

  2. 18/09/2016 / 18:29

    Hannah. these look wonderful.. I really wish I hadn’t tried to be adventurous with mine. Your baked looked just as great as the fried!

    • Hannah Atkinson
      18/09/2016 / 19:43

      Oh thank you Hazel although yours look fabulous!!

  3. 18/09/2016 / 23:32

    WOW – what wonderful Churros. I was totally put off by the frying aspect and never even thought about baked churros. You are right about a ketchup bottle – that is what I used to use and it doesn’t give as much control. I used the squeezy bottles i got from amazon for icing piping instead.

  4. 19/09/2016 / 11:11

    i really prefer the idea of baking rather than frying the churros and this has given me hope of making them, as i feared deep fat drying them would not be very good for me and may sw diet! (not that my cakes are either i hasten to add!).
    yours look a lovely golden colour and the shape is perfect.
    thank you for linking up xx

  5. 19/09/2016 / 13:42

    I didn’t realise Spanish churros don’t have butter in either. Like the steps very helpful.Mine where much thicker than yours although not as thick as your dough was to begin with. and was a nightmare to pipe. Seeing yours makes me want to have another go – just an excuse really I love churros and will have to try baking them as well.

    • Hannah Atkinson
      19/09/2016 / 14:20

      Oh thank you Jacqui. I think it was pure luck!

  6. 19/09/2016 / 20:13

    They look lovely, I nearly did baked ones too but decided to be brave with the deep frying and used a wok!

    • Hannah Atkinson
      19/09/2016 / 22:02

      Oh now that’s a good idea and one that I could possibly give a try- you would need less oil I’m guessing, compared to a normal pan.

  7. 25/09/2016 / 12:11

    I didn’t know you could bake them. I love churros but hate deep frying all that hot oil scares me. I might give these a try but need to get a piping bag. #weekendblogshare life in the Mum’s Lane

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