If you're looking for a dessert that is elegant but easy, look no further! Churros and chocolate is one of my all-time favorite sweet tooth obsessions. While they are unique to bring to a party, they are actually incredibly easy to make. Plus, you can say that you made them yourself! All you need is tortillas, cinnamon, sugar and butter. With a little time in the oven, the toasted tortillas transform into a treat that's easy to store in a container and take to a party or a picnic. They don't need to be re-toasted, but they do taste better if eaten the same day.
You can definitely eat these churros plain, but I highly recommend bringing along a dessert sauce. Stonewall Kitchen makes some delicious options that don't need refrigerated until they are open. It's perfect for carting along to a picnic. If you really want to go all out and melt your own chocolate, go right ahead. I've tried that too in a pinch, but for me saving the time is worth it. Plus the combination of sea salt, chocolate, cinnamon and caramel is perfect!
Recipe for Churros (makes a snack for about 4 people)
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-2 tablespoons of sugar
-3 flour tortillas (I used Chi-Chi's fajita style)
-4 oz. (or half a stick of butter) melted
-1 jar of Stonewall Kitchen's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce
Directions: Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice tortillas in 1/2 inch strips. Twirl each strip around your finger and place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the sliced tortilla strips. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes until crispy and fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool.
You can definitely enjoy your churros right in your kitchen, but if you'd like to transport them to enjoy somewhere special. I recommend storing in a covered container with a piece of parchment paper underneath the churros. Like this...
So go ahead, indulge your sweet tooth for a change. In my opinion it's always ok to eat dessert first. I enjoyed this test batch as an afternoon snack by some August wildflowers. If you're in the mood for happy hour, you could also add a delicious glass of wine. Chocolate and wine are best friends after all! Enjoy and share your favorite outdoor recipes with us @picnicperfectco.