Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Fried dough and flavourful toppings: International Churros Day is here

The decadent dessert is available in Spanish and Mexican restaurants as well as in milkshake form at BlackTap

Churros. Courtesy Charukesi Ramadurai
Churros. Courtesy Charukesi Ramadurai

Desserts are having their day in the summer sun. Fresh from Chocolate Chip Day and Macaroon Day in May, June brings us International Churros Day, which falls on June 6. It's just another reason to indulge in these fried dough treats, which can be found on the menus of most Mexican, Spanish and Latin American restaurants in the UAE.

As is its wont, CrazyShakes joint Black Tap will celebrate the dessert with the launch of the Churro Choco Taco milkshake (from Dh62), available at its Abu Dhabi and Dubai branches from June 3. This elaborate-looking and sounding dessert-drink features a vanilla frosting and cinnamon toast crunch rim, topped with two churros, Choco Taco ice cream, whipped cream and a dulce de leche drizzle.

BlackTap's churros milkshake
BlackTap's churros milkshake

What are churros made of?

The oblong or knotted churros are made from choux, a light pastry dough, which is fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar or sweetened cinnamon powder. The dish can be eaten for breakfast or as dessert, and is usually served with sweet dipping sauces, typically chocolate, caramel (dulce de leche) or coffee (cafe con leche), although some versions feature berry-flavoured dips

Churros can also be filled with cream cheese, custard, chocolate, vanilla or fruit, as well as savoury cheeses.

Historically, the unsweetened churro breadstick originally served as an alternative to fresh bread for shepherds in Spain. The name is thought to come from the Navajo-Churro breed of sheep.

Get your churros fix here

Latin American eatery Coya in Abu Dhabi does a scrumptious churros de naranja, which involves orange and lime churros served with milk chocolate and dulce de leche sauce.

Mexican restaurant Muchachas in Dubai serves its churros with spiced chocolate or caramel (Dh27).

Dark chocolate lovers can get their churro fix (Dh42) at Palapa, a new Mexican eatery at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai’s latest cantina Puerto 99 on Bluewaters Island offers its moreish churros with chocolate, and raspberry and caramel sauces for dipping (Dh55).

Publique at Madinat Jumeirah serves a delectable combination of salted butter caramel and Nutella alongside its home-made churros (Dh40).

Publique's homemade churros with salted butter caramel & Nutella dipping sauces
Churros with salted butter caramel & Nutella at Publique

Mini churros stuffed with dulce de leche (Dh55) can be had at Brazilian restaurant Frevo at Fairmont the Palm.

Taqado in Yas Mall and on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi also serves mini churros tots with chocolate sauce (Dh10).

For a savoury option, look to Boca in DIFC, which serves its churros with black-truffle-infused honey and goat’s cheese salt (Dh40).

Goat’s cheese churros (Dh40) are also to be had at Marina Social.

In Sharjah, Molten Chocolate Cafe serves its Amazing Churros platter with ice cream, and a choice of Belgium chocolate or cream cheese (Dh39).

Updated: June 3, 2019 12:17 PM

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