Thursday, October 11, 2012

Funnel Cakes - Sans Fair!

Easy Funnel Cakes without the Fair!

Kyle finally makes an appearance on the blog today!
Believe it or not I'm a pretty good cook, especially when I'm hungry or have a craving for something. 
It's cooling off here in the south and the frequent sight of semis & carnival rides rolling down US231 in Troy, AL tells me it is fair season. My Twitter feed and news feed on Facebook have been blown up in the past two weeks by people going to their county fair, the Alabama National Fair, or the upcoming National Peanut Festival in Dothan, AL. 
Many of the posts elude to their attendance being only for the food!?!

Particularly this dish:
Funnel Cakes!

Well, I'm not a big fan of the fair. 
Motion sickness and heavy amounts of cigarette smoke at most of the events keep me away.

So, without further adieu here's the deliciousness without the hassle!

What you need!

2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups - Milk
2 Cups - All Purpose Flour
1 tsp - Baking Powder
1 tsp - Salt
Powder Sugar to your pleasing ;-)
Fryer or Frying Pan & Oil
Funnel or something to pour the mixture with in a stream
Fingers (all the better to eat with)

Tips & Notes

1. Self-Rising flour will work.. just don't add the baking powder.

2. The first time I made these I used a ladle because I couldn't find the funnel, a Solo cup with a 1/4" hole in the bottom would do fine, or even pouring from a mixing bowl.

3. Cooking times may differ slightly as with all recipes, due to different frying methods and pouring methods. I like using the Frying pan because it is the quickest and I don't like to wait on the grease to heat up in the deep fryer.

4. This mixture will make about 4 cakes, depending on how much batter you use on each. The batter is fine to put in the refrigerator for a few days if you'd like to continue later or just want another one tomorrow. (I wouldn't leave it sitting over a week.) Be sure to mix again after storing as it can separate.

5. Even though the batter looks like delicious cake batter when mixed smooth it does not taste as such and is not recommended to try. 

Here we go...

Step 1: Heat grease to 350 degrees. 
(This can be done in a skillet, frying pan, or deep fryer.)

Step 2a: Mix Eggs & Milks and blend 
Step 2b: Mix Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt in a separate bowl

Step 3: Combine Flour mixture and Milk mixture and blend until smooth
(I did this by hand with a whisk.)

Step 4: Put about 1/2 cup of batter into the funnel and plug the bottom with your finger. With the  funnel a few inches from the grease, allow the batter to pour. Swirl the batter in the grease to achieve the classic funnel cake shape. 

Step 5: Allow funnel cake to fry for about 2 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom, then flip and fry that side another 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 6:  Remove from grease and plate, dust the cake with Powdered Sugar while still hot.

Step 7: Please eat this delicious treat before it gets cold!

And another one bites the sugary dust of deliciousness!

It says posted by Laura, but this one's actually by Kyle ;-)

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