Spanish Hot Chocolate with Coconut Churros

This recipe has been on my to-do list FOREVER! I can’t even remember how long it has been.

Many moons ago when I had cable I was watching some show on the Cooking Channel about living in Spain.  I was immediately glued to the television.  I love anything Spain! My biggest dream is to go back and visit Spain or what I affectionately call “The Mother Land”.

Spanish Hot Chocolate and Coconut Churros

I remember the show! From Spain with Love!

The episode was all about Spain’s obsession with chocolate.  It all started back in the 16th century when it was discovered in the regions of Mesoamerica and brought back to Spain.  With time chocolate became a very popular drink in Spain and served to the Spanish monarchy.  It was said that “chocolate is to the Spanish what tea is to the English”.

Spanish Hot Chocolate and Coconut Churros

But, it wasn’t served like the hot chocolate that we drink here in the U.S.  It’s made with bittersweet chocolate and served as a rich thick and creamy drink. Thick enough that it coats and holds on to your churro when it’s dipped, but still thin enough to drink.

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During the episode they sat down for cups of thick hot chocolate and a side of crispy fried churros.  I immediately  knew that I had to make this for myself! Seriously what could be better!?

Spanish Hot Chocolate and Coconut Churros

There are all kinds of happiness going on!  Hot chocolate, sugar, cinnamon covered crispy churros and for the heck of it I added a few teaspoons of coconut extract to the churros.  Because coconut and chocolate are BFFs.

Some day I will go to Spain and sit at the counter of a chocolateria and have an authentic Spanish hot chocolate with churros.  In the mean time I have these to hold me over.

 

Spanish Hot Chocolate with Coconut Churros

Yield: 4 cups chocolate / 10 - 12 churros

Ingredients

Churros
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 whole eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Hot Chocolate
6 oz bittersweet chocolate (at least 58% cacao), chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Churros

Heat about 2 inches of oil in a heavy, high-sided pot over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 360 degrees. Mix the sugar with the cinnamon on a plate and set aside.

In a medium sauce pot combine 1 cup of water with the butter, extract and salt, bring to a boil over high heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour. Reduce the heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove the dough from the heat and, while stirring constantly, gradually beat the eggs into the dough.

Transfer the churro dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Squeeze a coil of dough into the hot oil. Cut the dough from the tip using a knife or kitchen shears. Repeat, frying 1 or 2 coils at a time. You can also fry them in strips and do 3 to 4 at a time. Fry the churros, turning them once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked churros to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

When the churros are just cool enough to handle, roll them in the cinnamon-sugar (in Spain churros are simply rolled in sugar.)

Hot Chocolate

In a large heavy saucepan combine chocolate, sugar, milk and 2 cups of water. Heat the chocolate over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted.

Stir cornstarch into 1 cup of cold water until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the chocolate. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until chocolate mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes, whisking, until thick.

Remove chocolate from heat and stir in vanilla.

Serve in large cups with churros.

Comments

  1. Andrea says

    The first time I had hot chocolate and churros was this past October in Madrid. What an experience! There’s truly nothing like it.

  2. says

    What great recipes !! I wondered when you started talking about the thickness of the chocolate if it was not more like homemade cornstarch custard, and it was as I read the recipe a thinner custard like we used to make and pour over Chocolate Chiffon Cake (was vanilla custard there)
    I love reading your blog and will be glad to get back to it on a regular basis, very soon! Trouble is now I am hungry! LOL

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