Theme park food is one of the best things about heading to Disneyland. The smell of freshly popped popcorn, salty french fries, roasted turkey legs, and sweet cotton candy fills the air as you travel through the different lands in the park! One of the very best places to rest and snack is at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. Each bright orange cone building serves it's own unique food. Our favorite, is the cinnamon churros bites with chocolate dipping sauce. You can smell the delicious cinnamon and sugar scent flowing from the service window. They are crispy and sweet--the perfect treat!
You can bring the Cars Land dessert to life in you own kitchen with this easy tutorial. Fry up a batch of theme park churros and let the smell and taste take you back to your time at the Happiest Place on Earth!
This recipe is super simple. You will need:
1 cup water
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup white flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, depending on taste
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. You want at least 1 inch of oil in the pan.
Combine the cinnamon and white sugar in a dish. Mix them together and set aside until later.
Combine the water, brown sugar, salt, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the contents are combined and boiling gently.
Remove the pan from heat, and dump in the flour. Stir quickly with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a stiff ball.
Add the eggs to the dough one at a time. Fully incorporate each egg before adding the next. The dough will be really slimy at first - just keep stirring. It takes some muscle, but the eggs do mix into the dough after a minute of hearty stirring. Add the vanilla extract at the same time as the final egg.
Scoop the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large flower frosting tip.
Make sure the oil is hot enough before you start cooking. You can test the temperature by placing the end of the wooden spoon into the oil. If it starts to bubble. Go ahead and start frying your churros. If no bubbles appear, wait longer or turn up the heat a little bit.
Squeeze the batter into the hot oil. You want them to be about 4 inches long. Do not over crowd the pan with too many churros or they will not cook well. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until they are a light golden brown. Turn only once during cooking.
When the churros are cooked, remove them from the pan and place them on a paper towel to cool slightly. Then, roll the treat into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. I like to get them completely covered.
Continue cooking the batter until they are all finished. Churros are best enjoyed warm and fresh. At Cars Land, the churros are served with chocolate syrup dip. So, keeping with tradition, we bought a jar of hot fudge to accompany ours. You could also use Hershey's syrup.
Hope you enjoy your theme park churros and they remind you of happy memories in Cars Land!