August 21, 2012

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros

I've been to fairs and amusement parks before, but until just a few years ago I'd never heard of Churros before.  It's not like I was living under a rock or anything, but I honestly think they're not very prominent in the mid-West.  That, or I have funnel cake vision at those places.  Which is very likely because now that I'm thinking about them, I'm craving a funnel cake something fierce!

Once I learned what a Churro was I immediately knew I'd love them.  I love all things "cinnamon-sugar"!  Since I don't frequent fairs and amusement parks I've never really had many opportunities to be on the look-out.  So, what's any good baker supposed to do?  Make her (or his!) own of course.  Problem though... I need a new deep fryer and I'm holding out on buying one because, well, let's face it, fried foods are not good for you!  And, I hate cleaning out deep fryers as well!  So, I stumbled across the concept of oven baked churros.  Sold!

These were as easy as can be, and as delicious as I expected.  I'm sure they'd be even better making my own pastry, but I'm getting very comfortable with the idea of taking short-cuts now that my time in the kitchen is less frequent due to a certain little toddler!

These will definitely be something I'll quickly bake up for pot-lucks and gatherings!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Unfold and cut puff pastry sheet in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch strips.

Place strips on a lightly greased parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  While baking, combine sugar and cinnamon.

Remove pastry strips from oven and dip in butter.  Roll buttered pastry strips in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.

Serve with melted Nutella for extra decadence!

Source: adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff

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