Today I will show you how to make Disneyland churros from scratch. These plain cinnamon-sugar-covered churros are very easy to make, but you have to follow my in-depth expert tips. And you can use this recipe to create any one of your favorite Disney churro flavors.
Now, these churros aren’t nearly as long as what Disney themselves make. Who has the equipment?! But you can make them as long as your frying appliance can handle them. The short classic churros are easier to eat anyways!
What Are Churros?
Churros are world-famous Spanish and Portuguese fried dough treats. They’ve taken the world by storm despite actually being a relatively old dessert.
You make these snacks with fried choux pastry dough. Once they are deep-fried, they are often covered with some granulated sugar (usually flavored with cinnamon). Churros get paired with dipping sauces like caramel or dark chocolate.
Now, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different churros recipes and flavors out there. They have become so popular that even Disney has picked up on this trend.
Different Kinds Of Churros You Can Get At Disneyland
Disney has a ton of different churros flavors. Plain churros are one of the most popular options. You can find them in several carts around the theme park. And you can even buy a delicious dipping sauce with them.
But here’s where Disney got trendy: they’ve started to create various unique and flavored churros that are rarely found in other parts of the world.
Some of these flavors include berries and cream, green apples, and Caliente churros. Today, we will be making plain churros.
However, you can use this recipe as inspiration to create any of the below-mentioned flavors. Let’s take a look at what Disneyland has to offer and what exactly each of these flavors consists of.
Disneyland Churros Flavors
Plain churros: simple traditional churros with a sugar coating. You can buy a blueberry chocolate dipping sauce with these.
Berries and cream: plain churros rolled in blue raspberry and strawberry-flavored granulated sugar. It comes with a soft vanilla cream dipping sauce.
Green apple: plain churros rolled in green apple-flavored granulated sugar. A caramel sauce accompanies the green apple churros.
Blueberry churros: plain churros dipped in dark blue colored and blueberry-flavored sugar. It comes with blueberry and cream cheese icing.
Caliente churro: these plain churros are covered with cinnamon Red Hot candy-flavored sugar. They aren’t served with any dipping sauce.
Cinnamon Super Galaxy: plain cinnamon-sugar-covered churros with a sprinkling of edible glitter. You can buy these with any sauce of your choosing.
Mango: these churros are covered in chile-lime sugar. They are served in a container because they are topped with tamarind Chamoy and mango sauce.
S’mores churro: these are also served in a container and topping various treats. They include crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallow sauce.
Pineapple Tres Leches churros: then we have plain churros with a pineapple tres leches dipping sauce.
Tips And Tricks For Making Homemade Disneyland Churros
- You usually make churros with choux pastry. To make it perfect, you have to follow the steps and tricks I’ve laid out exactly. This is a labor-intensive process. But the only way to get authentic and amazing homemade churros.
- Use a wooden spoon for this recipe. If you use a whisk you will break the bonds in the dough.
- The lid will help prevent water from evaporating which could cause the wet-dry ingredient ratio to be off. That could alter the consistency of the dough and texture of the fried churros.
- Don’t add too many eggs. It will make the dough too soft and almost impossible to work with. Only add the final egg in tiny batches until your dough is pipeable, thick, shiny, and smooth.
- When frying the dough, you have to check the temperature of the oil. If the oil is too hot, the inside won’t cook while the outside is overcooked. If the oil is too cold, the churro will become too dry because it is cooking without browning.
Can you freeze homemade churros?
Churros don’t do that well when you freeze them. No product made from choux pastry does. They are best served fresh within an hour of making them. If you do want to freeze them, store them in an airtight container for 1 month only.
Are Disneyland churros vegan?
The original churros are not vegan and neither is this recipe. There are other vegan churros recipes out there. But honestly, they aren’t as good as the original ones.
Are Disneyland churros gluten-free?
The same goes for gluten-free: Disneyland doesn’t have that option and they can not be made special. Flour is another key ingredient in making choux pastry. So even when using substitutes for this recipe, it won’t come out the same.
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Homemade Crispy And Fluffy Disneyland Churros In Under 1 Hour
- 1 cup water
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp fine salt
- 1 ¼ cup cake flour
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Make the churro dough (choux pastry)
- Add the water, butter, cinnamon, and salt to a medium saucepan. Place the lid on top and bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Once boiling, remove the lid and shoot in all of the flour at once. Immediately remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the flour vigorously. Keep whisking until you have a dough-like mixture.
- Place the saucepan back over very low heat. Keep stirring until your dough becomes thick and has a smooth consistency.
- Next, remove the dough from the heat. Transfer it to a separate mixing bowl. Spread it against the sides so it can cool faster. Leave the dough to cool for 5 minutes.
- Once the dough has cooled slightly, add one egg at a time. Mix the egg in well for about a minute (by hand) before adding the next. Keep in mind that the dough will initially look curdles when you add the eggs – that's perfectly normal.
- Don't add the entire third egg. Beat it in a separate bowl and slowly add some to the dough. Keep adding small additions while mixing until you are happy with the consistency.
- Your choux pastry dough should be shiny, smooth, thick, and pipeable.
- Transfer the choux pastry to a piping bag with a star nozzle. Use it immediately or store it in the fridge for three days.
Make the churros
- Heat your vegetable oil to 400ºF (200ºC). Set aside a plate or tray covered with paper towel.
- Pipe long strands of churro dough directly into the hot oil. Cut off the piece using a scissor (the dough won't easily break off on its own).
- Leave the piece to fry for 3-5 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the churro from the oil and drain the excess oil on the paper towels.
- Finally, dust the churros in cinnamon sugar and serve them with any of your favorite dipping sauces.