250ml (1 cup) water


100g unsalted butter


150g (1 cup) plain flour


1/4 teaspoon salt


3 eggs, lightly whisked


Vegetable oil, to deep-fry


80g (1/2 cup) icing sugar mixture, sifted


200g good-quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped


250ml (1 cup) milk



Step 1
Combine water and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from heat.


Step 2
Add the flour and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and the dough comes away from the side of the saucepan. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 15 minutes or until cool.


Step 3
Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until well combined. Spoon dough into a piping bag fitted with a 2cm-diameter fluted nozzle.


Step 4
Add enough oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 6cm. Heat to 180°C over medium heat (when oil is ready a cube of bread will turn golden brown in 15 seconds). Using a small sharp knife to cut the dough, pipe four 10cm lengths into the oil. Deep-fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer churros to a plate lined with paper towel. Dust with icing sugar. Repeat with the remaining dough, reheating oil between batches.


Step 5
Meanwhile, combine the chocolate and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.


Step 6
Arrange churros on a platter and serve with chocolate dipping sauce.


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