Friday, August 13, 2010

County Fair Funnel Cake

Let sleeping pigs lie... or something like that

I don't know what's happening in your neck of the woods, but here, it's County Fair time! Those two words immediately bring to mind all the wonderful things one can find jam-packed together on one small parcel of land. Here you'll find the very things that cause families to stop and take time for long strolls down dusty roads, where every corner has a vendor selling some yummy confection. It's the only time and place where the smells of sausage sandwiches and vinegar fries and the livestock barn and the black smoke that billows out of large souped-up tractors pulling sleds filled with weights, can all mingle together and be heavenly.

I have fond memories of standing in line waiting to get a white flimsy paper plate topped with my all-time favorite...funnel cake. Of course, it had to be piping hot, right from the deep fryer, and dusted with tons of powdered sugar. Oh, yum!

When we made this recipe, we were surprised to find that it tastes exactly like what you get at the County Fair. And it makes enough funnel cake to tempt you to become a vendor! So invite over all your friends or consider cutting the recipe in half. This is a guaranteed winner...oink!

County Fair Funnel Cake

What you will need:

4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
3 cups canola oil

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a spoon, create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add 2 1/2 cups of milk and 3 eggs and whisk together until smooth. Pour batter into a one gallon Ziploc bag and seal.

Heat 3 cups of oil in a large skillet or cast iron chicken fryer to 350 degrees (maintain a temperature of 350 degrees). Snip a small corner from the batter-filled Ziploc bag. Carefully drizzle batter, criss crossing in all directions, on top the hot oil. Let cook for about two minutes. Carefully flip the cake using tongs and then let cook one minute more on the other side. Using tongs, remove the cake from the hot oil and place on paper towels (or use a white flimsy paper plate!). Dust generously with powdered sugar.


1 comment:

  1. Adorable post! And an even better recipe. We love making these. SOOOO yummy!