According to Disney, guests at the parks eat more than 5.5 million churros each year. At Disneyland Resort alone, Disneyland News reports that 3.8 million churros are consumed; enough churros to line the Disneyland Resort monorail track 382 times. That is a LOT of churros! I just had to make Disney Resorts Copycat Churro given how incredibly popular they are!
To make the churro batter, combine water, butter, salt, cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Using a hand mixer, add the flour and mix until the dough forms a ball. Remove from the heat and rest for 5 to 7 minutes. If you have an instant-read thermometer, the temperature should be below 125°F. Add three eggs and mix until combined.
Spoon the churro dough into a piping bag fitted with a with a star tip. Pipe the batter in 6″ straight lines onto a piece of parchment on a baking pan. Freeze for 30 minutes. The goal is that you can pick up the churro.
Heat oil in a fryer to 375 degrees. Fill to the fill line according to your fryers directions. If you don’t have a fryer, you can use a 10″ electric frying pan or heavy skillet. Fry the churros about 3 minutes each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Disney Resorts Copycat Churro Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 4 oz. butter
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Cinnamon sugar mix
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
Combine water, butter, salt, cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Add in flour, reduce heat to low, and stir vigorously (using a hand mixer makes this easy) until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from the heat and rest for 5 to 7 minutes. If you have an instant-read thermometer, the temperature should be below 125°F.
Add three eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined.
Spoon the churro dough into a piping bag fitted with a with a star tip. The star tip will give your churros their signature grooved surface. A 1/4" star is typically included in a basic pastry set; this will yield churros about 3/4" in diameter. If you're looking for fatter, 1" churros, use a wider star tip.
Pipe the batter in 6" straight lines onto a piece of parchment on a baking pan. Use a spoon to break off the batter. Put the pan in the freezer and freeze churros for 30 minutes, until they're stiff enough that you can pick them up off the parchment.
Heat oil in a fryer to 375 degrees. Fill to the fill line according to your fryers directions.
Alternative: Pour a generous 4 cups vegetable oil (peanut oil preferred) into a 10" electric frying pan or heavy skillet set over a burner; the oil should be about 5/8" deep. If you use a smaller or larger pan, add oil to a depth of between 1/2" and 3/4".
Fry frozen churros as directed above, about 3 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from the oil, and drain on paper towels.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the churros, turning to get all sides covered. Serve with dipping sauce, if desired.
Adapted from Disney California Adventure Cars Land Churro Tot recipe from Disney Parks Blog.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 46gSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gProtein: 1g
I found this video from Disney Parks Blog for Disney California Adventure Cars Land Churro Tots.
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