Churro Bites are a tasty twist on a classic Spanish pastry! They are incredibly simple to prepare, which is a good thing because they go fast!
A flaky pastry that uses an air fryer, not oil, to achieve it’s incredible crispiness. Then it’s covered in a sweet, cinnamon coating and drizzled with a thick caramel sauce.
Growing up in a Navy town, in southern California, I was exposed to so many different cultures, which is where I think I got my love for food. Thankfully, each of these different cultures Hispanic, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai, Indian and so many others uncovered flavors and techniques that I appreciate and use today.
One of my favorite, desserts or is it a snack? is churros. I think they are a favorite because, like the ice cream man, we used to have an older gentleman selling them out of a cart in our neighborhood. When we heard him ringing his bell we would all run out to buy his delicious pastries.
When we moved away from that neighborhood, my mom, knowing how much we loved churros would sometimes treat us to her twist on the churro. They were a flour tortilla, cut into triangles, fried and then tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture. They were a delicious substitute to a childhood favorite.
Like my mother, I have my own twist on the churro, using an air fryer instead of oil and a pastry that is even lighter and crispier than the original churro.
Churro Bites – Key Ingredients
▪ Puff Pastry – This can be located in the freezer section of the grocery store. Pepperidge Farm makes a good one, but if you’re really feeling ambitious you can make your own. There are a number of videos on Youtube that show you step by step how to make it.
▪ Cinnamon Sugar – The ratio of cinnamon to sugar is completely up to you. I like a little more cinnamon flavor so I like to add a bit more to the mix.
▪ Caramel Sauce – I like to make my own caramel sauce for this, but I have used the jarred ones that you get from the grocery store for convenience.
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How to Make Churro Bites in the Air Fryer
Step 1: Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes.
Step 2: Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature for a few minutes or until it can easily unfold.
Step 3: While the pastry is thawing, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl.
Step 4: Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into equal size squares (8 rows, 8 columns).
Step 5: Place the pastry squares into the preheated air fryer basket, try to keep the squares from touching or overlapping.
Step 6: Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes. After 3 minutes remove the air fryer basket and give it a gentle shake, this will help the pastry to evenly brown. Repeat every minute until the pastry is golden brown.
Step 7: Immediately place the pastry in the cinnamon sugar, gently toss until the pastry is completely coated.
Step 8: Drizzle with caramel sauce.
Variations to the Recipe
Here are some things that I found around the web that you can try:
- Bake them on a cookie sheet at 400°F for 15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
- Fry in 360°F vegetable oil until golden brown.
- Replace the caramel sauce with chocolate sauce.
- Dip in a cream cheese fruit dip.
Churro Bites will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container. As for freezing, I don’t suggest freezing them, they lose their crispiness and who wants a churro that’s not crispy.
What do you think would taste good drizzled on the churro?
- 2 sheets (1 pound) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes.
- Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature for a few minutes or until it can easily unfold.
- While the pastry is thawing, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into equal size squares (6 rows, 6 columns).
- Place the pastry squares into the preheated air fryer basket, avoid the squares from touching or overlapping.
- Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes. After 3 minutes remove the air fryer basket and give it a gentle shake, this will help the pastry to evenly brown. Repeat every minute until the pastry is golden brown.
- Immediately place the pastry in the cinnamon sugar, gently toss until the pastry is completely coated.
✔ Cut the puff pastry when it is still partially frozen. Letting it completely thaws makes cutting it more difficult and harder to handle.
✔ Cut the puff pastry into smaller squares if you plan on using the churro bites as a topping for ice cream.
✔ Half way through the cooking time be sure to give the air fryer basket a shake. This will help to evenly brown the pastry.
✔ When done, immediately toss the hot churro bites in the cinnamon sugar, the heat will help the sugar to stick.
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