Pumpkin Churros with Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce

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A couple of months ago I bought a Mexican / Latin American cookbook and I went through it and bookmarked all of the recipes I wanted to try including one for churros.  Ever since I’ve been dying to make them and just haven’t gotten around to it.  I couldn’t stand waiting any longer and made them for breakfast this morning.  In honor of the season I adapted the recipe to create these pumpkin churros and made a cinnamon chocolate dipping sauce to go with them.  As a side point, these are made with spelt flour and are therefore wheat free.  I didn’t have the right size star tube to get the perfect shape but what these lack in beauty they make up for in flavor!  Just barely sweet enough on their own, they are drool worthy when slathered in this cinnamon chocolate sauce that perfectly complements the subtle pumpkin flavor.  Betcha’ can’t eat just one!

Churros Jenga–reminds me a bit of WALL-E!!

Ingredients:

3 cups spelt (or all purpose) flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups water
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 egg yolks
oil, for frying
confectioners sugar, for dusting

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.  Bring the measured water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add the salt, brown sugar and pureed pumpkin to the pan and stir until completely dissolved.  Remove from the heat and whisk in all of the flour and baking powder, beating continuously until smooth.  Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth and glossy.  Set the batter aside to cool–about 10 minutes.  Have ready a frosting bag fitted with a large star nozzle which give the churros their traditional shape. While the batter is cooling heat about 2 inches of oil a heavy duty pan to 375 degrees, or until a cube of dried bread, added to the oil, floats and turns golden after one minute.

Spoon the batter into the icing bag.  Pipe five or six 4-inch lengths of the mixture into the hot oil using a knife to slice off each length as it emerges from the nozzle.  Fry for 3-4 minutes of until they are golden brown.  Drain the churros on paper towels and then arrange on a plate, dust with confectioners sugar and serve warm with cinnamon chocolate sauce.

For the cinnamon chocolate sauce:

Combine 3/4 heavy cream with 1 cup chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for another 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave another 30 seconds if necessary until smooth.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and thin with more heavy cream or half and half to get the consistency you prefer. 

Nom, nom, nom…..






  1. Sue/the view from great island
    Sue/the view from great island10-25-2011

    I can’t believe I stumbled on your recipe, I have wanted to try this myself. I’ve never made churros, but the combination of the pumpkin and the chocolate sauce looks amazing. I could eat that sauce with a spoon all by itself!

  2. sevimel
    sevimel10-25-2011

    Sue, this was my first time making churros too and I will definitely make them again! As to eating the sauce by itself with a spoon…guilty! And it’s awesome! ;)

  3. Shannon
    Shannon10-25-2011

    OMG Pumpkin churros!!!! Amazing! Thanks for the reminder on my salsa – it does include the juice of one lime!! I had never actually recorded that recipe on paper, it’s always been up in my brain!!!
    Love your blog!!
    http://reddeerfoodie.blogspot.com/2011/10/el-diablo-contra-vampiro-salsa.html

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous10-27-2011

    I want to make these early in the day and then bring them to a friend’s house for a potluck. Do they hold up ok for a few hours? Do you think reheating them in the oven would work? I’ve just noticed that whenever I make fried things at home (like zeppole) that you have to eat them basically right away.

    These look so good! Thanks!

  5. sevimel
    sevimel10-27-2011

    Sadly these don’t hold up well over time. After a few hours they will have wilted quite a bit. You CAN reheat them in the oven and they will crisp up but will definitely be a bit heavier than when fresh. Put enough chocolate sauce on them though and nobody will notice! ;)

  6. linda
    linda10-29-2011

    These look DELICIOUS!!! I attempted churros once, looked no where near these. :)

  7. Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul
    Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul11-08-2011

    This looks great. I’m going to try it.

    ~Carmen

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