How to Make Trisha's Cheater Churros | Food Network

Cheater Churros are just as light, sweet and cinnamon-y as the real thing... but SO much easier!
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Cheater Churros
Level: Intermediate
Total: 40 min
Active: 40 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
3 quarts vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups pancake mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
Chocolate Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
Chocolate Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch kosher salt
Put the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot fitted with a deep-frying thermometer. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 375 degrees F. Place a cooling rack over a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
Fit a large piping bag with a small star tip.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Pour in the milk and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously to form a thick dough. Transfer the dough to the prepared piping bag and squeeze to press the dough down towards the tip.
Carefully squeeze about 3 inches of dough into the hot oil. Use a pair of kitchen shears to trim the end of the churro from the piping bag. Repeat this process to create 3 more churros. Fry the churros, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Lift the churros out of the hot oil and allow any excess oil to drip off. Place the churros onto the cooling rack and continue this process until all of the dough has been fried.
Place the granulated sugar into a shallow bowl. Dredge the warm churros in the sugar until evenly coated on all sides. Serve with the Chocolate Dipping Sauce.
Chocolate Dipping Sauce:
Put the fudge, cream, cinnamon, chili powder and salt in a small saucepot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
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