A few great things have happened to me in the past week. I made some mini baked cinnamon treats reminiscent of churros, oh and I got ENGAGED!! It’s been an incredible past few days celebrating with family and friends and I knew I wanted to share it with all of you in a special way. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ve probably already seen me obsessing over my newest piece of jewelry, but of course I had to dedicate a blog post to the occasion too! Hopefully you’ll get the connection between Ryan and churros by the end of the post, and there’s more to it other than the fact that they both make me drool ;-)
Ryan and I met in 2007 while both sophomores at Duke. But we didn’t meet on campus – we were actually on spring break in Acapulco when we were first introduced, at a night club no less! I must admit I didn’t head off to Mexico that March with hopes of finding a husband, but it sure does make for a great story 5 years later. We continued our fling back at Duke, graduated together in 2009, started dental school and life as an engineer, moved in together in Connecticut 2010, and now we’re (finally) engaged! I’m so so excited to start this new chapter, and couldn’t be more thrilled to start planning the wedding of my dreams with Ryan (who happens to be the most organized person I know). Get the churro connection yet? Not only did we meet in Mexico, but our favorite restaurant is a great Mexican restaurant in town where he took me right before he proposed :) They always give out free churros after the meal, so I thought making some healthified churros would be a great way to celebrate here on Erica Sweet Tooth.
Although I’m calling these baked churro bites, they are also very similar to many baked doughnut recipes I’ve seen before. Either way, it’s a really easy recipe to throw together (thus how I had time to make them amidst all of this engagement excitement) with delicious results. The outsides have a great crunch from the butter/cinnamon sugar coating and a light crumb (not too dense at all). I made a quick chocolate dipping sauce, but I honestly prefer them plain. I’ve posted authentic churros here before, which really can’t be beat, but this is a great alternative if you don’t feel like deep frying and still want a satisfying cinnamon-sugar treat. By the way, trying to take an artistic picture of your left ring finger incorporated with churro bites and chocolate is extremely difficult, but I hope you appreciate my effort in the photo above – sorry for the alien hand, just focus on the bling :)
Thanks to everyone for the amazing outpouring of love over the past week! And if you follow me on Pinterest, I’m sorry in advance for the crazy amounts of wedding pinning I’m about to do in the next year :)
Baked Mini Churro Bites
Yield: 30 mini churro bites
for the churros bites:
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
for the cinnamon sugar topping:
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a pan of mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixture, beat together the sugar and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly alternate adding the flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated.
Use a small cookie scoop to fill each muffin tin and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until just golden brown.
While the churro bites are baking, melt butter in a bowl and combine cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish.
When churro bites are done, immediately remove from the pan and dip each bite in the butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 days