Making Churros for Bakeries, Restaurants and At Home Too

Churros are fritter-like, donut-like, pastry-like foods that have a Spanish origin. It turns out that Churros are a pretty easy treat to make with the right technique and supplies available here at ABestKitchen.

At home, you can make churros with a pastry bag using a large star tip to make your dough/batter into the typical churro shape.  In a commercial setting, or at your neighborhood fiesta, you can increase production using a churro maker, pictured here.  This is our smallest commercial model that is designed for home-use as well.  For even larger productions, several larger sizes are available for even higher food productions in bakeries, food trucks, or restaurants.

The basic technique is to create a batter  or dough using flour, butter, water, sugar, eggs, and sometimes cinnamon or other sweet additions.  You create the dough by heating a mixture of the butter, flour, water, salt, and sugar in a pan until it forms a thicker dough-like substance and then whisking in the eggs until you have a kind of thick batter that can be pressed through the pastry bag or through the churro machine into a pan of hot oil, cutting them off into equal length pieces and then frying them until golden brown in a pan of hot oil.

You can then remove the churros from the hot oil using a stainless steel slotted spoon or tongs, and roll them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, if desired.  They are also often also drizzled with chocolate when used as a dessert.  These pastry treats are not always dessert though – they are often eaten for breakfast too.  For serving large quantities of churros, the ingredients are not very expensive so at your restaurant, bakery, or fiesta, churros can be a cost effective or highly profitable food.

There are also churros that are stuffed with a sweet filling.  Our churro makers have nozzle adapters that can make the hollowed out shape, which you can later fill with your favorite sweet icing, chocolate, or filler.  You can use a churro filler, which is actually a pastry filler that can be used to fill donuts or other pastries too.  Otherwise, the pastry bag will do the filling job using a different narrow tip.

Farm to Table Food – Rewarding, Healthy, & Delicious

The farm to table movement is here to stay, and it makes sense. In restaurants, it’s a win-win for everyone. Farm fresh food tastes better, looks better, and it is better for you. Chefs, farmers, and restaurant patrons all get to support each other’s work by using and enjoying what food is available at that moment in their communities. It’s inspiring, enough inspiring that many chefs and restaurant owners are taking to doing their own growing, and the patrons love it.

Sonoma County in Northern California has fully embraced the farm to table concept, and it should – this place is a lush breadbasket where ingredients seem to grow right out of cracks in the sidewalks. The wine makers, wineries, farmers, restaurants, and patrons ooze fresh and local. In many communities there, it’s a given that everything served is from somewhere in the backyard. You eat what’s available, and it’s great. Locally grown veggies, eggs, meats, wild mushrooms, local wine, and local beer is all you’ll find. Here are a few great farm to table concepts we’ve visited in Sonoma where the food is colorful, creative, and fun.


Barndiva, in Healdsburg, CA, offers fine dining using seasonal ingredients from producers in Northern California. The food is fine and fresh, and they rightly sell the story and credit the purveyors they rely on by listing some of them on a sign outside the restaurant. It’s a mutually beneficial cross-promotion for the food purveyors and the dining establishment. Visit them in Healdsburg or at



Ravenous, also in Healdsburg, changes their menu based on available ingredients almost daily. They update so often, they just hand-write and photocopy their menu – it’s a nice touch. The place feels like a rustic, comfy home. It’s popular with the locals, and crowded; you will usually find local wine makers hanging around there.

Ravenous Hand-written Menu

Ravenous Interior

Peter Lowell's Kitchen


Peter Lowell’s, in Sebastopol, CA, features Italian-inspired cuisine based on the seasonally available ingredients from Sonoma County and Northern California. Everything is local, even the coffee, and they make their own ketchup. We were lucky enough to have wild-caught hedgehog mushrooms on our wood fired thin-crust pizza. Visit them on Healdsburg Ave in Sebastopol or at

So be inspired – we’ll bring you more great concepts soon.