Mary learned to cook at her mother's knee and likes to share some of those old-fashioned recipes she still serves her family.
This is a how-to on making perfect funnel cakes. They taste great and remind you of the kind you could only buy at the county fair.
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about 10 funnel cakes
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of frothy milk
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons baking powder.
Step One: Preparing the Batter
- Beat 1 egg with 1 cup of milk till frothy.
- In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup flour, 3/4 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder.
- Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Beat well. Now you're ready to make the funnel cakes!
Step Two: Heating the Oil
Use a candy thermometer to heat the oil to 350 degrees. If it's any hotter, the batter will burn. (I found this out the hard way.) If you have a deep fryer, I think that would be better than a skillet, which is what I used.
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Step Three: Have Your Funnel Ready to Pour the Batter
As soon as the oil reaches 350 degrees, pour about 1/2 cup of the batter into a small funnel, holding your finger over the opening. The opening of the funnel should not be larger than 1/4 inch. If you don't have a small funnel, you can pour the batter into a large plastic zippered bag with a small hole cut out of one corner.
Hold the funnel over the hot oil and pour the batter into the oil using a back and forth motion. Try to make a lacy pattern. You'll get the hang of it after a couple of attempts. My first ones came together and looked like a pancake. It takes a little practice!
After the funnel cake has browned on one side, gently flip it over and brown on the other side.
Step Four: Remove the Funnel Cake
After the cake has browned on the other side, gently remove it and place it on the paper towel. I find a large spatula is good for this. I tried using tongs, but the cake fell apart. So, now I gently slide the spatula under the cake and remove it.
Sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the top, and EAT!
These are really better served while they are nice and warm, I think.
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