Mini Candied Bacon Churros ~ perfect little bite-sized puffs of deep fried, candied bacon laden, cinnamon-sugar-rolled goodness. They're easy and fun to make and are a delightful diminutive dessert for your fiesta!
Yesterday I shared my review and giveaway for Tiny Food Party! Bite-size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park of SpoonForkBacon.com. You can enter to win a copy HERE (through December 31, 2012).
Today I'm pleased to be sharing one of my favorite recipes from Tiny Food Party!: Itty-Bitty Candied Bacon Churros. They were a big hit as a late-night treat at my girls' sleepover last night!
Itty-Bitty Candied Bacon Churros
(from Tiny Food Party! Bite-size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park)
Yield: Approx. 24
Active Time: Approx. 20 minutes
1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/ cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Candied Bacon (see recipe below)
For Topping and Dipping
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
Dulce de Leche or Nutella for dipping (optional, but recommended)
- In a large pot, preheat oil to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium nonstick saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil.
- With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour until a dough forms. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for abot 2 minutes, or until batter is thick and sticky.
- Remove from heat and beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. (Note: If dough is too dry and remains in a tight ball, stir in an additional Tablespoon of water.)
- Fold in candied bacon.
- Scoop batter into a piping bag fitted with a small star tip. (Note: My star tip would not allow the dough to pass through because of the bacon bits. Instead, I removed the tip and allowed the dough to come through the coupler. It made perfect little uniform churros. If you do not have a pastry bag, you can use a ziploc freezer bag. Snip a 1/2" hole in one corner after filling with the dough).
- Pipe batter directly into the oil, cutting into 2-inch segments with kitchen scissors to create short, skinny pieces. Fry in smal batches for 2 to three minutes (or until golden brown). Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- In a big shallow bowl or baking dish, combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss hot churros in cinnamon-sugar and serve with warmed dulce de leche or Nutella for dipping.
makes about 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound bacon, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and fry, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel and drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan.
- Return friend bacon bits to the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle sugar over top and stir. Continue stirring until sugar is melted and bacon is well coated (3-5 minutes). Pour candied bacon onto the prepared sheet and spread in an even layer. Let cool and dry (about 30 minutes before using).
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