Secret Recipe Club: Churros with Spiced Chocolate Sauce

It is time for another installment of the Secret Recipe Club! This month, I had the pleasure of pulling Authentic Suburban Gourmet as my blog for the month! Just take a moment and go check the blog out. Run by Lisa who makes her home in San Francisco, it is absolutely full of beautiful photos and recipes. I was left with a very tough decision over the last month: which of her many fantastic recipes should I make? I made a list of recipes of hers I wanted to try: strawberry jam, these garlic mushrooms, or maybe these turkey meatballs? I also though about this delicious sounding drink

After much deliberation, and narrowing some options down, I left the final decision to my husband. He opted for Lisa’s churros with lime sugar and chocolate sauce. Lisa was inspired to make these after lunch between client meetings one day. I am so happy she did too!

The day I made my churros was a rainy one, the kind of day that needed warming, delicious food. True to form, I wanted something sweet. Breakfast was donuts while out running errands. Churros was the only logical conclusion to the day after a dinner of soup! My husband even commented how the day had gone my way in terms of delicious sweet treats.

There is a bit of work involved to get to the final results of delicious churros with chocolate sauce, but they are so worth it. After a bit of hard mixing, piping and frying, you get a plate full of very tasty fried confection. My brother was surprised that they were homemade, he asked where it was we had picked the churros up from! High praise indeed!

I made a few slight changes to Lisa’s original recipe, some additions, some subtractions, and they all worked very well together. I opted to not use Mexican chocolate for the dipping sauce and instead used some chipotle pepper with bittersweet chocolate. I also had a valencia orange from a friend’s backyard tree that I thought would be the perfect addition with lime to the sugar I rolled my churros in. I’ve got my recipe below along with the link to Lisa’s original recipe, I hope you can give these a try yourself soon!

Churros with Spiced Chocolate Sauce

Adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup water
4 ounces butter
1/4 t. salt
1 C. flour
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 C.sugar

Prepare to fry the churros by heating 2-3 inches oil in a deep pan to about 350 degrees F.
Make your churro dough while the oil is heating.

In medium saucepan heat the water, butter and salt to rolling boil. Vigorously stir in your flour and sugar. Continue to stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute; remove from the heat. Add the eggs and continue beating until the dough is once again smooth. It will take a few minutes of mixing and the dough will almost look curdled until it begins to come together again.

Spoon mixture into a piping tube with large star tip. Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into the hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until brown, turning once, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain well on paper towels and allow to cool slightly before rolling in the citrus sugar mixture. Serve the churros warm with the chocolate sauce on the side.

Citrus Sugar

1 T. lime zest
1 T orange zest
3/4 C. sugar

Mix together well and place in a bowl to roll the churros in.

Chocolate Sauce

8 ounces  bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (if spice is not your thing, substitute cinnamon)
In a medium saucepan, add all of the ingredients and slowly heat over medium. Stir until combined and smooth. Serve warm with the churros.

I’ve linked up  to the Citrus Blog hop at Katherine Martinelli!

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33 Responses to Secret Recipe Club: Churros with Spiced Chocolate Sauce

  1. I’ve made churros but these look WAY better than mine! This sauce looks amazing!

  2. WOW – you did a great job and I love the addition of the orange zest – even more citrus flavor. Glad that you picked this one, they are SO tasty and I am glad that your hubby enjoyed them and I had to giggle that you had your hubby make the final selection. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you! Have a brilliant week ahead!

    • Jo says:

      Thank you so much! I had to let my husband choose, I was getting no where in making a decision, if it had been up to me, I’d still be deciding today!

  3. PolaM says:

    Oh this churros must be fabulous! And the sauce looks so delicious! Can you send some my way?

  4. My son has been wanting me to make churros, but I was thinking it might be too involved, and keep putting it off. I think this may be the recipe! I won’t say anything and surprise him one day soon. Great SRC post!

    • Jo says:

      Thankfully, the recipe is really straight forward. And I will confess that this was the first time I’ve ever made churros and they turned out so well!

  5. These look (and sound) absolutely heavenly! My kids (and I) would LOVE these!

  6. heidi says:

    They look truly amazing, and I love the chocolate dipping – beautiful pictures!

  7. Churros are typically delicious but with the addition of citrus sugar they must be great! This was a wonderful SRC pick with great pictures to boot!

    • Jo says:

      I was really happy with how well the flavor of the zest came through when you bit into the churros, very pleasant! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Dangerous is all I can say. I’d probably eat the whole batch they look so good!
    Great SRC post…

  9. Eliot says:

    It is perfect churros weather here today (and Tuesday, and Wednesday as far as the weather goes). I love the flecks of citrus and that chocolate sauce? Hand me a spoon!

    I really enjoyed lurking around your blog. I found a lot of things that I wish I could have made but I just ran out of time. I am definitely trying that flat bread though!

    Glad I got you for SRC!

    • Jo says:

      We really loved the flat bread, it was so good! hope you get a chance to try it soon and so glad you enjoyed stalking me the last month!

  10. Whoa. I am seriously impressed. These look so tasty and hilarious that your husband made the final pick. I am 200% positive my own husband would’ve chosen the exact. same. recipe.

    • Jo says:

      I had a feeling when I gave him the options he would pick the churros. I know the man well! Thank you for stopping by!

  11. misschels says:

    Wow! You know, I have always wanted to make these little sweet treats. Now that I have a recipe, I think I will get down to it asap! Those look delicious…and that chocolate sauce…o dear!

  12. My daughter is a churro hound and would absolutely adore these!! I’ve never fried anything though, but I’m thinking it just might be time to give it a go. Well done!!

  13. Isn’t Lisa’s blog fabulous? You picked a great recipe from her blog…I love churros!! Great being in Group C with you!

  14. Teri says:

    I can’t wait to try these. They look fabulous!!

  15. Rhonda says:

    Wow you braved churros, I’m envious. Great job, I love the subtle changes you made.

  16. I’m unable to leave ever since entered your space. Such a droolworthy space with awesome recipes and photos. Just WoW!!! ;)

    Loving your churros..looks like I will make one soon!

  17. Chris says:

    I have always wanted to make Churros but don’t like to fry in my house. I may have to make an exception for these. Lovely!

  18. Those sounds delicious, and that sauce especially so. We’d probably eat that sauce with a spoon…

  19. Danielle says:

    What a great pick! I always steer clear of anything that requires frying because it scares me (: But these make a pretty good case for getting over my fear!

  20. Wow, I could seriously get in trouble with these!! YUM!

  21. Liz says:

    Wow, Jo! These look AMAZING!!! These would not be safe in my kitchen :) Wonderful SRC pick~

  22. Rhonda says:

    Wow, wow! Can you adopt me? One of these days I’m going to try and make churros…the citrus sugar is really calling me!

  23. Lisa~~ says:

    I especially love the sound of the citrus sugar, all around a wonderful looking treat.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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