This dessert leaves me speechless! When I was on vacation in California a couple of years ago, I bought a churro sundae and fell in love. I loved the cinnamon and sugar combination with ice cream. My husband and I recently went to potluck at our friend's house and I signed up to make dessert. We were doing a Mexican food theme so I thought churros would be perfect! I figured that churros by themselves would not be adequate. (You have to bring your A game when you are serving your food to other people) I thought I could add some ice cream and a fun caramel sauce and re-create my sundae from California. It was a success!
I had never made churros before, so naturally I headed to Pinterest. There have been multiple times I have used recipes from Natasha's Kitchen and have been impressed. This recipe is by far the best though! You can find the recipe for churros here. I am a visual learner, so I loved watching her video before I attempted making my own churros.
Overall, churros are easy to make. It took a little while for me to figure out exactly how long I wanted mine to be and my system for frying, draining, coating, and then storing them.
For my sundae dessert, I wanted to make a simple caramel sauce. Remembering my Spanish days in high school, Dulce de Leche is a "sweet milk" sauce. I thought this would be perfect for our potluck dessert. I stumbled across Natasha's SUPER easy recipe and it is now going to be a staple in my house. Seriously, go check it out here! All you need is a crock pot, two jars, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. I love this recipe because of its simplicity, but also how little dishes it creates. I went ahead and stored the sauce in the fridge in the two jars and just washed the crockpot. It COULD NOT be any easier!! Not to mention delicious. I got many compliments on the dessert and the sauce. Seriously, go check it out!
Can I Make These Ahead of Time?
I RECOMMEND NOT MAKING THESE IN ADVANCE! As with any donut, churros taste best fresh. We ate a few within the first 5 minutes and they were amazing! By the time we had our dessert at potluck (about 2 hours later) they had already gone down in quality. They were still delicious, but nothing compared to FRESH out of the pan.
We stuck our leftover dough in the fridge and made some churros for breakfast the next morning and they REALLY went down in quality! Honestly, they are not worth your calories at that point. Eat them fresh or not at all, your hips will thank me!
Can I Freeze Churros?
Again, yes you can freeze them, but they are SIGNIFICANTLY better fresh! We had a few leftover churros from our potluck dinner. You know me, I NEVER throw food away so I stuck them in the freezer. (We love to have things like this on hand when we make our own ice cream flurries.) They are still good, but I would not recommend serving them to others. We have our typical food, and then company food. I don't think frozen churros are worthy of the title "company food". Don't just take my word for it, try it out yourself. You might like them better frozen!
Another reason I loved this summer dessert was because it was so unique. It seems like we have a lot of cookies and bars, but this dessert is so different! You could eat this dessert any time of the year, but I recommend in the summer on a hot day. It is so refreshing, especially if you make your own ice cream or buy soft serve from your local ice cream shop. Enjoy!