Sunday, September 7, 2008

Funnel Cakes

My Aunt Kathleen out in Colorado gave me this recipe. We had them all the time when I was young and it wasn't until many years later that I saw them at amusement parks and carnivals. They are surprisingly easy to make. My kids top them with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Fruit toppings and whipped cream are also delicious.

2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cup milk

Mix to combine, then add:

2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Beat until smooth. Test mixture to make sure it flows easily through a funnel. If too thick, add a little milk, if too thin, add a little flour.

In an 8" skillet, heat 2 cups vegetable oil to 360 degrees. Cover opening of funnel with your finger. Pour a generous half cup of the batter into the funnel. Hold the end of the funnel close to the surface of the oil and remove your finger, releasing the batter into the hot oil. Spiral the funnel around so the batter doesn't stay all in one lump. Fry until golden and then turn over (about 2-3 minutes). Using tongs, carefully turn the cake over and fry one more minute or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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