This week, I have been experimenting with a new, healthy cooking toy to create these tasty little treats.
My lovely friends at VonShef are just too lovely. I was super keen to try their 3.5 litre Air Fryer so they kindly sent me one to play with. I had spotted this fryer in one of those top 10 articles where it was right up at the top, so couldn’t wait to get started on cooking air fried food, which is so much better for you than deep frying, but just as delicious. I have spent the last couple of days playing with this fantastic machine and it’s been brilliant. George has been enjoying endless ‘fried’ chicken, we’ve inhaled far too many glazed doughnuts and we all love the most delicious almost oil free chips. My favourite Air Fryer recipe, however, thus far has been these Cinnamon Churros, and I am almost certain you will agree with me.
I have been wanting to make Churros for so long, however, I have never quite been able to justify the highly oily nature of them. So this is where the Air Fryer saves the day. My Cinnamon Churros are lighter than air, golden brown, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They are given a light dusting of sugar and cinnamon whilst warm and inhaled, dipped in some warm chocolate or caramel sauce if you would prefer. Churros are made from a Choux type dough which is, traditionally, deep fried. Mine, however, have no extra oil added, apart from to stop them sticking to the basket, so are tons healthier than their original counterparts, but, can I just clarify, no less delicious. This recipe makes a batch of around 30, all of which we devoured in one, warm from the Air Fryer, sitting. I made a hastily assembled chocolate sauce from 100ml boiling cream to which I added 50g milk choc and 50g dark choc and stirred until shiny and smooth. In the name of Lucy Loves I did blow my refined sugar free Lent just a tiny bit, however, this won’t be the first time God has been disappointed in me.
My recipe was based on one from the super helpful Crux Kitchen website, with thanks. These were so simple to make, and as they are clearly, thanks to the my Air Fryer, almost a health food, I will be making them on a regular basis. These would make a divine sharing dessert or Easter afternoon treat. My particular fryer, the 3.5 litre model, is available on Amazon so you too can spend far too long experimenting with virtually oil free but wonderful foods. You lucky, lucky readers.
This recipe will appear on Lucy Loves later this week.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Churros Recipe
Makes around 30 small Churros
You will need a stand mixer or a large bowl and a hand mixer and a piping bag and star nozzle
- 240ml water
- 75g butter
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 130g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cinnamon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- Chocolate or caramel sauce to serve
Take a good sized saucepan and pour in the water, add the butter, sugar and salt. Bring up to the boil then remove from the heat. Tip in the flour and beat well until the dough forms into a ball. Tip the dough into the bowl of your stand mixer or into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
Beat the two eggs with the vanilla then add half to the cooled dough. Beat either in your mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth then pour in the rest of the eggs and beat again.
Scrape into a piping bag with a star nozzle then pipe Churros approximately 3 inches long onto a lined baking sheet. Pop these, on the tray, into the freezer for around 30 minutes or until firm.
Pre set your air fryer to 200 degrees for 6 minutes then spray the basket with some spray oil and place the Churros into the basket and then return to the fryer. Cook for 6 minutes by which time the Churros will be puffed up and golden brown.
Remove from the fryer and keep warm while you finish cooking the batch. Toss the Churros in the cinnamon sugar and serve with warm chocolate or caramel sauce. These are best eaten on the same day, which isn’t really a problem.