1 cup water
½ cup butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, at room temperature
¼ cups sugar
Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Place two baking sheets on top of each other to bake the churros. This protects your delicate pastry. Line parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium saucepan add water, brown sugar, salt and butter. Place over medium-high heat. Heat until butter is melted and mixture starts to simmer. As soon as it is simmering, whisk in the flour. Whisk until there are no flour lumps and a dough ball has formed. Now, using a wooden spoon stir the dough around you pot and cook it for about a minute over LOW heat. The mixture will clump and pull away from the sides of the pan. Just do it for a minute, then take it off the heat and set aside.
In a jug, combine eggs and vanilla and whisk together. Using your wooden spoon add a little of your egg mix into your dough. Stir and mash, breaking up the dough until loosened. Stir well until eggs are incorporated and mixture has the appearance of mashed potatoes. Continue adding your eggs until combined.
Transfer your dough to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe dough into long churros on the parchment-covered pans. Make sure to pipe them nice and thick. Do this by putting pressure on the bag and piping slowly. Leave about 2 inches of space between the churros. Bake for around 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in a ziplock bag. Take the churros from the oven and toss them in the mixture until well covered. It is best to do this when the churros are warm and fresh from the oven.
1 cup/180g bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ½ cups/570ml milk
½ tsp cornstarch/ cornflour (to be mixed with a 2 tsp of water)
¼ teaspoon vanilla
In a large heavy saucepan heat the milk until to a simmer. Combine chocolate, heat it over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted. Whisk the cornstarch mixed with water into the chocolate. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until chocolate mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes, whisking, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve with churros.