May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo: Algo de Postre

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Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, but I haven't forgotten, as it says in the title, something for dessert, specifically churros.  This post may be last minute, but there's still plenty of time to make this tasty treat.

Churros are made from pastry dough, fried like a doughnut and rolled in cinnamon sugar.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've probably guessed that's not how my version is made.  There are two big differences.  First, the dough isn't homemade.  Second, the churros are baked not fried.

The original recipe called for frozen puff pastry, but I've also used canned breadsticks and seamless dough sheets.  Each version was good, but the results were different with each product.

The puff pastry was delicious hot from the oven, but wasn't as good when served at room temperature.  The breadstick dough was good served at room temperature, but the texture was chewier than a churro.  The seamless dough sheets -- canned crescent roll dough in a seamless sheet -- made churros that were tender plus they were good served straight from the oven or at room temperature.  

Most churros I've seen have been long, but I prefer smaller portions when it comes to dessert.  Unroll the seamless dough sheet and cut it in half.

Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Cut it in half again for a total of four pieces of dough.

Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Cut each piece of dough into eight strips for a total of 32 pieces.

Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Put the dough strips on a greased baking sheet and bake 8 to 9 minutes until lightly brown.

Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Brush melted butter on both sides of the churros.  Immediately coat the churros -- top and bottom -- with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.  Don't skimp on the coating; make sure to cover the entire surface.

Margaret's Morsels | Baked Churros

Place the churros on a wire rack to dry.

Baked churros are a nice ending for a Cinco de Mayo feast.  Your guests won't even realize the churros are baked not fried!

Baked Churros
32 Servings

1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 (8) oz. can Pillsbury Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375°.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.  Unroll dough sheet and cut in half.  Cut in half again for a total of four pieces.  Cut each piece into eight strips.  Place strips on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until lightly brown.  Brush both sides of the churros with melted butter and coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Place on a wire rack to dry.

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