I've never been to Disneyland.
When I was younger, my parents told me that as soon as my sister and I could both walk around by ourselves without needing to be held or pushed around in a stroller, that we could go to Disneyland.
When that time finally came, my sister broke her femur and was put out of commission for a few months. So we just had to wait until she was able to walk again, I knew it was only a matter of time before I got my sweet trip to the most magical place on earth.
But then my mom got pregnant, and pretty soon we had a little baby brother crawling around, and lord knows he wouldn't be able to get around without a stroller for the next few years. So by the time it would have been feasible for a family trip to Disneyland, without any strollers, wheelchairs or diaper bags, I was on my way to college and Disneyland was a long forgotten memory.
You're probably wondering why I'm bringing up Disneyland.
I mean, they serve churros at Disneyland right? I've never been, but I assume they do. Right? Ugh. I don't know, because I've never been to Disneyland.
And I bet Disneyland is rad and all, but I doubt it's as much fun as making your own churros from scratch, and eating them on your couch while you binge watch episodes of Silicon Valley. My couch, the real happiest place on earth. You know what? I can't actually be missing out on much. I actually have a lot of things in my life that Disneyland offers.
Let's see, Disneyland has princesses. That's easy enough. I know a princess who lives in a castle. Well, actually it's a very small apartment in the valley of Los Angeles, but I digress. Her name is Princess Josie and she's pretty average. She keeps a stash of hot sauce on her nightstand in the event that a taco emergency comes up, and one time she straight up fell in love with a man she saw browsing the sunblock section at Safeway. She's quirky and people like it. She thinks.
Disneyland also has interactive rides. I have that in my life too. I've got a pretty old car that makes a weird sound that I mostly ignore by turning the music up louder. Every ride I take might be the day that my car finally gives up. It's thrilling. Just like space mountain or whatever.
Disneyland does have one thing that I don't have. Screaming crowds of people. The closest thing I have to that is my next door neighbors, but they only scream at night and early in the morning, so I don't feel comfortable comparing it to what Disneyland has.
Hmm. Disneyland has fireworks huh? Oh I know. Smoke alarm. I can set that bad boy off no problem.
But let's get back to the churros. These are definitely not your average churros, and I doubt Disneyland can top these. They're mini, so you can eat way more, and they're coated in a blend of ginger, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves. Crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle. One bite and you forget that you're sitting on the couch in a sports bra and you'll think you're smack dab in the middle of Anaheim.
The recipe is easy, and you only need one bowl (saucepan). You can pipe the familiar churro shape using an extra large star tip ( I got mine off of amazon). It's also very easy to double or even triple this recipe depending on the size of the crowd you're feeding. No judgement if you consider yourself a crowd.
I may have never been to Disneyland, but I'm okay with that. Because I have churros.
Chai Spiced Baby Churros
Makes about 20 bite sized churros
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
- 1 Cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspooon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 to 3 cups of vegetable oil (for frying)
1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add in 2 Tablespoons of sugar and the salt and stir until dissolved. Add in coconut oil, and remove from heat. Add in flour and stir until a thick dough forms.
2. Let the dough cool for a minute or so, and in a large ziploc bag combine the ginger, cinnamon, ground cardamom, cloves and sugar. Shake to combine the spices and set aside.
3. Scoop the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe out your desired churro length and place onto a clean surface. I used a baking pan lined with parchment paper, but a plate will work.
4. Wash out the saucepan from earlier, and then fill with vegetable oil. Place over medium high heat, and once ready begin frying churros, a few at a time. Leave them in just long enough to become golden brown, then scoop out onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Let cool.
5. Once lightly cooled, pop churros into your plastic bag filled with sugar and spices, shake and coat each churro evenly. Finished churros are best served warm, the day of. If you leave them in an airtight container they will become soggy.
Recipe adapted from Peta