I had a craving for something sweet so I decided to make funnel cakes. I chose funnel cakes ibecause they are easy to make and I had all the ingredients. The most time consuming part is the frying – but it is worth it. They turn out warm, not overly sweet and are definitely yummy.
Oil (peanut is best but can use vegetable)
1 c. milk
¼ c. sugar
Dash of salt
½ tsp. Baking powder
2 c. flour
Place 1” of oil in an iron skillet and heat until hot (about 10 minutes). Beat eggs, add milk and sugar and mix well. Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix. Using one cup of batter at a time, pour batter through funnel into oil making a crisscross pattern (these will be random patterns unless you want to try and make a design for fun?). I found that the best size of funnel to use is one with about a 1” hole. If it is too small your funnel cake comes out in little strings. When fried you will have just crunchies and no flavorful fried cake. When one side is golden brown turn over with large slotted metal ladle and let brown on the second side. Place on paper towels to let oil drain off and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
This makes 8 cakes. Trying to make smaller cakes is very difficult because when funneling into the oil, the batter sort of floats around and soon takes over the whole skillet. The best thing to do is continue putting more batter in until the complete cup is empty and you will have nice flavorful funnel cakes just like the county fair 🙂 🙂
For a twist, why not add some flavoring like orange, lemon, or almond extracts. You will need about 1 tablespoon for the entire batter. Make sure to taste your batter for flavor and add a little more if you want a stronger flavor.
Best if eaten immediately after frying. If you store remaining cake parts in an air tight container they will no longer be crunchy but they will taste the same and give you satisfaction if that craving comes back.