Our fair comes to town every October. When I was younger, it was the highlight of my year. I never understood why my mom chose to stay home while my dad and I practically made ourselves sick on the rickety rides and fried food. I get it now. It’s lame, it’s crowded, and it’s overpriced. Spencer and I went for the first few years of our marriage and every year we’d walk away mad at ourselves that we spent the money. The one thing we never regretted? A funnel cake.
Funnel cakes are just fried dough, like a misshapen doughnut covered in powdered sugar. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them outside of a fair until yesterday when I fried up a couple in my own kitchen. You know I don’t like to fry things often but sometimes you just want a funnel cake.
They were so much simpler than I expected! The dough was a snap to put together and since there’s no rising, you can fry them right away. It took me no time to whip these up. They were the perfect extra-special afternoon snack. Crisp on the outside but nice and soft on the inside. Everything a funnel cake should be, pretty much.
A couple notes: I don’t own a funnel so I used a pastry bag with the end snipped off. It worked fine but I recommend only adding a cup at a time to the bag because the dough will leak out of the bag while you’re working. I also don’t own a thermometer so to test the oil I just dropped a teeny bit of dough into the oil. If it floats to the top pretty quickly, that means the oil is ready.
- 6 cups vegetable oil or shortening (for frying)
- 1 ½ cups 12 ounces milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups 8 ½ ounces all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons ⅞ ounce sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup 3 ounces powdered sugar
- Heat oil or shortening to 375F in a very deep, heavy pan with at least 3-inch-deep sides.
- In a large bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth.
- While covering the funnel hole with 1 hand, pour in 1 cup of batter. Star from the center of the frying oil and, in a swirling motion, pour batter in concentric and overlapping circles to make a 6- or 7- inch round.
- Fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
jodye @ 'scend food says
I’ve never actually had a funnel cake. My boyfriend finds it hard to believe, and come to think of it, it is pretty crazy… I live in America, after all. Anyhow, I’m sure a homemade funnel cake would beat one you’d get at a carnival any day. I just may try this!
.-= jodye @ ‘scend food´s last blog ..Because you were so excited last timeâ€¦ =-.
I think I was better off thinking these were only born at carnivals and amusement parks. Pulling back the curtain will only add to my muffin top.
.-= Jamie´s last blog ..The Post About The Rabbit Recommends v81 =-.
Mary @ Bites and Bliss says
Ohhh my gosh..I’ve never seen homemade funnel cake before. This is awesome!!
Me thinks I need to buy that KAF cookbook. I’m seeing a trend in many of the recipes I’m bookmarking! :) I haven’t had a funnel cake in ages but man, are they tasty. Thanks for the recipe!
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..BBA Challenge Bread 37â€”Swedish Rye Limpa =-.
You definitely need the book! I went through and put post-its on all the recipes I want to make and I swear there’s a post-it on every other page! It’s a great one!
My mother used to make these for breakfast. Yours look delightfully golden.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies 1 – Honey Cookies =-.
Funnel cakes for breakfast? My boys would be so excited! I’ll have to do that for them one day!
I do love a funnel cake!! We may need to have these tonight after the ball game!
.-= April´s last blog ..Week 1-Cheesecake Cookies =-.
Oh man….you are making want to dig my deep fryer out and make some! My Mom used to make these and thrill my nieces and nephews….maybe its my turn!
.-= Pam´s last blog ..12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies- Week 1- Dark Cocoa Fudge Cookies =-.
Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says
Whoa, homemade funnel cakes. How cool is that!
I do have a slight fear of deep frying anything at home, so chances are I won’t be making this. But props to you.