Fair food: make funnel cakes


(photo from TheKitchn.com)


Funnel Cakes

makes four 12-inch cakes

4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
5 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered Sugar for dusting

Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or cast iron pan to 375°F. You will need at least an inch and a half of oil. Line plates with paper towels, the process will go fast once you start!

Mix egg and milk together with a wire whisk or fork until combined. Stir in other ingredients until batter is smooth.

Fry Tip: If you will be frying more than 4 funnel cakes or if you wish to make the batter up to an hour in advance, increase the amount of baking powder by 1 teaspoon to help give it lift during its long wait before frying.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and squeeze batter in a random, yet overlapping pattern. (It’s all mainly a haphazard process, but crossing the batter back over itself will help it stick together when it’s time to flip.) Once it’s floating and golden brown (usually 60 seconds in), flip using tongs, allowing the other side to cook.

Continue cooking until desired color is achieved and remove from grease and set on a paper towel lined plate. Apply powdered sugar liberally to the top, add fruit toppings if desired and enjoy!

Note: You can use an actual funnel for this process, or even a zip top bag with one corner snipped off. Just as long as the batter is able to get into the oil quickly and efficiently, that’s all that really matters.

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  • comment-avatar
    Katie July 24, 2010 (12:20 pm)

    Oh wow! I just had a GREAT idea! Adam’s birthday is in July, usually a week or two before the fair. It would be SO FUN to have a “fair” birthday party for him! Funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, maybe a bounce house. I’ll probably forget this by next summer, but thanks for inspiring me!

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    Mother Goose July 24, 2010 (3:44 pm)

    Those sound tasty! We’ve made them a few times before. They are much more economical at home than at the fair!!!

    PS – Mary Poppins really has a thing for funnel cakes!!