Total TimePrep: 15 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.
Makesabout 1 dozen
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- Additional oil for frying
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a large saucepan, bring the water, milk, oil and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Transfer to a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
- Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute or until the dough softens. Add egg and lemon zest; beat for 1-2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- In a deep cast-iron or heavy skillet, heat 1 in. oil to 375°. Insert a large star tip in a pastry bag; fill with dough. On a baking sheet, pipe dough into 4-in. strips.
- Transfer strips to skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Combine the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over churros. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts1 fritter: 122 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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Oct 1, 2012
Hardly fair to give this a 3 star rating because you chose to mess it up. In baking sugar is considered a liquid...because it acts as one. You removed a 1/2 cup of liquid then complain that it was too dense! If you choose to eliminate sugar from your diet, i think that's admirable. However, do your research prior to removing it from recipes dependent on it. If you are desiring some sort of sweetness (which why else make a type of donut) I suggest using whey-low or agave. Both are 100% natural (not toxic substitutes) and both are extremely low on the glycemic index. Whey-low would use the same amount as sugar, agave, I'm not certain of the conversion. If you still find it too sweet, use less whey-low. Perhaps you can use unsweeted apple juice in place of the sugar.
Feb 12, 2012
My husband does not eat sugar and I try to stay away from it as well. I made these without the sugar. I added cinnamon in the dough and we dipped the finished product in cinnamon honey. They were a little dense and tasted okay. I may try this recipe again but make some changes to see if I can get them to taste better.