A favorite and common dessert throughout Spain and Latin America is the churro: a doughy cylindrical pastry that’s oftentimes garnished with powdered sugar, chocolate, and/or honey. The stick-like fritter can usually be found at cafés and at street vendor stands, and according to tradition, can also be eaten for breakfast with dipping chocolate and café con leche.
While some believe that churros were invented by nomadic Spanish shepherds who wanted baked goods but were too far from bakeries, others insist that Portuguese sailors originally encountered and brought back a similar pastry from Northern China to Western Europe. Either way, churros were introduced to Latin America during colonization and have since come in various shapes, sizes, and flavors.
For example, one can find "guava-filled churros in Cuba, dulce de leche-filled churros in Mexico, and a cheese-filled version in Uruguay."
Interested in making your own? Check out our churros recipe!
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