Here in the UK, we love experiencing food from other countries around the world. One of our favourite cuisines is Mexican, home of the bulky burrito, the flaming-hot fajitas and ultimate naughty snack nachos. More often than not, Mexican restaurants also have one of the best desserts out there on their menus: the churro. Churros are fried-dough pastry eaten in many nations with Spanish and Portuguese roots. Depending upon where you are, churros can be eaten with savoury toppings for breakfast, lunch and dinner or as a sweet dessert or snack, making them some of the most diverse dishes in the world. When eaten as a sweet treat, churros are often served with a selection of dipping sauces, so we thought we'd round up some of the best sauce selections for you to try.
1. Chile Chocolate and Strawberry Cream
If you thought churros originated in Mexico, we really couldn't blame you - every great Mexican restaurant has at least one churro dish. Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo, based in London, offers an exquisite range of traditional Mexican cuisine, made using both authentic and contemporary Mexican techniques and flavours. There are plenty of desserts to choose from, including Churros de Canela y Azucar con Dips de Chile Chocolate y Fresas con Crema. Sounds like a mouthful, right? Well it translates as cinnamon and sugar churros, served with a Chile chocolate and strawberry cream dips, so we can confirm it is. And a good one, at that!
2. Cajeta or Dulce de Leche
As 50-year-old Mexican eatery Lupita explains on their menu, churros were actually brought to Mexico from Spain when Spanish refugees travelled to the Americas in the 1930s. It's clear this restaurant truly celebrates Mexican cuisine and its many stories, as they serve their churros with either chocolate dip or authentic cajeta - otherwise known as dulce de leche. This caramel-like sauce, though, is made with goat's milk, a cinnamon stick and vanilla beans, creating perhaps the tastiest dipping sauce for any dessert in the world. Ever.
3. Dark Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream
Of course, churros are such a diverse dish that not all versions look the same. At Wafflemeister in Brighton, where literally everything is made using American-style waffles, they've made their own version of the churro. Instead of long strips of dough, their churro takes the shape of – you guessed it – an American waffle, generous amounts of cinnamon and sugar are then sprinkled on top before it's served with a chocolate dip, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Melty, chocolatey goodness at its best.
4. Hot Chocolate
Okay, so it may not be a sauce but hear us out: hot chocolate is one of the best things to dunk your churros in. At most restaurants serving churros, the dough-pastry comes with some form of a chocolate dip or milk-based sauce, so some clever cafés have started combining both of those staple recipes. Spanish tapas restaurant Tendido Cero is just one of these places and you can order both hot chocolate and churros together in one dish, for an exceedingly cosy couch evening.
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