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Mini Roasted Apple Churros with Salty Caramel

Dip this favorite Mexican treat in caramel before devouring.

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  • Prep Time 55 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 14

Ingredients

Caramel Dip

1
cup sugar
1/4
cup water
1/4
cup salted butter
1
cup whipping cream
1
teaspoon coarse sea salt

Roasted Apples

2
apples, peeled, diced (about 2 cups)
3
tablespoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon ground ginger
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon

Churro Dough

1/2
cup unsalted butter
1
cup water
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
whole eggs
1
egg yolk

Frying Oil

Canola oil

Coating

3/4
cup sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground ginger

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Directions

  • 1 To make Caramel Dip, in 1-quart saucepan, mix 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and the salted butter until well combined. Heat to boiling. Continue to boil 10 to 15 minutes, without stirring (don’t do it!), until mixture becomes deep, golden brown. Remove from heat; immediately stir in whipping cream until smooth. Stir in coarse sea salt. (If there are lumps or the caramel is not combining, gently heat while stirring until smooth.) Pour into heatproof bowl or jar; cool to room temperature.
  • 2 To make Roasted Apples, heat oven to 400°F. Toss Roasted Apples ingredients until coated; spread in even layer in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Roast about 25 minutes or until apples are tender and begin to caramelize around edges. Remove dish from oven to cooling rack; cool to room temperature.
  • 3 To make Churro Dough, in 2-quart saucepan, heat unsalted butter, 1 cup water and the salt to boiling. Add flour all at once; stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, until dough becomes a ball and no longer sticks to saucepan. Remove from heat; scrape dough into large bowl. Cool several minutes. (I use this time to crack the eggs and separate the one egg.) While mixture is still warm, beat in eggs and yolk, one at a time, until completely combined before adding the next. Fold in cooled apples.
  • 4 Heat several inches canola oil in another 2-quart saucepan to 350°F. (I used about 4 cups, making the oil about 4 inches deep in the saucepan.)
  • 5 In shallow bowl, stir together Coating ingredients; set aside. Line plate with paper towels; set near frying oil.
  • 6 Fit decorating bag with large closed-star tip. Fill bag with churro dough. Pipe 1- to 2-inch-long ropes of dough into hot oil; fry 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Remove from oil to paper towel-lined plate to drain briefly; toss immediately in coating. Serve warm churros with caramel dip.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Have everything ready to go when you’re ready to fry so you aren’t distracted when working with the hot oil. Make sure the churros are hot when you toss them with the sugar—you want lots of it to stick to the exterior of the churros.

If you’re making the real-deal caramel dip, resist the urge to stir! Stirring will cause crystallization and a not-at-all-smooth caramel. Avoid the stir.

If you don’t have a star tip, go ahead and pipe them out with a round tip. If you don’t want to bother with piping, spoon small spoonfuls of dough directly into the hot oil.

For a quick version of the caramel dip, unwrap 30 caramel candies. Combine the candies with 1/2 cup of whipping cream in a saucepan and gently heat, stirring frequently, until melted and combined. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of coarse sea salt.

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