Thursday, November 12, 2009

Funnel Cakes

I always thought you could only get funnel cakes at fairs. I remember one such place in Wisconsin where we attended a cranberry festival and these funnel cakes were served with an apple and cranberry sauce. Oh my were they ever good! I found this recipe in a magazine I think..the other day when our g'daughter was visiting I decided to make them for dessert. They are quite filling so make sure you eat a light lunch if you want to end the meal with this type of dessert.
Note..these yummy cakes are deep fried so they are not meant to be on the menu too often.

The recipe is very simple..

3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups milk
3 1/2 cups flour..I found that 3 cups was enough
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
veg oil for frying
Beat the eggs and sugar, add milk and blend well.
Add the dry ingredients and beat until very smooth, the dough should not be too thick.
Heat oil in a pot, make sure there is at least 2" of oil in the pot. I use my wok.
Pour batter, approx 1 cup into a funnel making sure you plug the hole at the same time with your finger, slowly release your finger so the batter can start running into the oil. Move the funnel around crisscrossing to make the design you like.
I didn't have the right size funnel, instead I poured dough into a measuring cup and used that. The shapes all turn out different which makes it a fun dessert to make.
Brown on both sides..remove from oil and place on a pan lined with paper towels.
Cool slightly and sprinkle with icing sugar or cinnamon sugar.
OR: top with a fruit sauce of your choice.
I made some dusted with icing sugar, some with cinnamon sugar and some with this topping.

Cranberry/Apple Topping:
1 apple
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup water
sugar to taste
Cook together until apples are tender and cranberries 'pop'.
Spoon over the funnel cake and enjoy!
This recipe yields 6 depending on the size you make them. Mine were luncheon plate size :)

27 comments:

  1. Ummm looks good!
    I love reading your blog!
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    Thank you and have a Blessed Day,
    Diane

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  2. Oh my goodness, the picture looks good enough too eat. Wish I had one right now for breakfast, with a hot cup of coffee.

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  3. wow - this looks super yummmy - i love reading your blog - thanks for sharing the recipes

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  4. Mouthwatering to be sure.Thanks.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  5. Wow....you are incredible! I am so clutzy at frying anything! But if you are to end up with a product like this...perhaps I should try, eh? Great shots, yummy looking....coming over for coffee real soon Betty! (I wish!)

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  6. Hello from a Mennonite in Ohio! I found your blog from a friend, and everything looks so yummy on here! I spent a weekend at a conference in North Carolina and carried a bag I got at Mennonite Youth Convention that said "Making Peace by Being Mennonite". Everyone who noticed it asked me, 1. Where I was from (there must not be very many Mennonites in the south);), and 2, if my mom could cook well. Of course, I said yes. Now, thanks to ideas from your blog, I can proudly carry the tradition. :) God bless you all!

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  7. Grins, I've only tried funnel cakes a couple of times and they weren't anywhere near as beautiful as yours. I should've named them funnel GLOP LOL. However, these are fun and delicious. I think I'm going to try them again soon.

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  8. these look absolutely sinful! I might just have to try them?!

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  9. AND YOU DIDN'T CALL ME!!!!
    i could of been there pronto......

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  10. Oh how my g'children would love me if I fixed these. They fix them at Silver Dollar City and they always have to have one. Thanks for the recipe. Jan

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  11. I've always wanted to try funnel cakes and now I can. Thanks.

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  12. Oh yum...fair food right at home! I clipped this recipe from a 'Taste of Home' magazine long ago...and now I think I will give it a try.

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  13. These look declious Betty. It's been years since I had a funnel cake. It's perhaps a good thing that deep frying is not on my list of favourite things to do.

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  14. This looks good and sounds like fun to make :0)

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  15. Can I come to your house for dinner? I have a question...do you actually eat all of that yummy food that you make? I would weight 5000 pounds if cooked like that! I wouldn't be able to resist! I'm definitely going to try some of your recipes. I just stumbled across your blog!

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  16. What a great idea. I don't know why it never occurred to me that I could have this treat at home. Now, if you can just help me take the calories out of it, I'd be a happy camper!! hahaha

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  17. Trish..you can easily do this and it's fun too!
    Leah..I wish!! I always share my baking so that I DON'T end up eating it all..lol And I made these cakes so large that each one could be (or should be) shared.
    Char..next time I'll call you and see how fast you can be here!!
    Katy..try again, this recipe works..no glops! lol

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  18. Oh Betty - these look yummy! I've never heard of funnel cakes. Are they more like donuts, a litle like elephant ears? I guess I will have to make them to find out.

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  19. Wow! Who knew funnel cakes were so easy to make? This looks good! Yummm!

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  20. Can't wait to try these. My son always made a good funnel cake, but he moved aaway!

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  21. Oh Betty...my family will love these....just like at the fair. Wishing I had one right now. SSGK

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  22. I can't wait for fair season so we can have funnel cakes. Now I won't have to wait soooo long! Thanks!

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  23. Ohhhh...they were soooo good! Thank you soooo so much! A perfect treat for a perfect fall day :D

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  24. I'll be trying this very soon! looks yummee!
    I hope that it can be done in an actual deep fryer.
    thanks again.

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  25. What temp do you heat the oil to? I'm a novice deep fat fryer!

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  26. Rachel.. I would say about 350F .. one tip we got from a blogger is to put some kernels of popping corn in the oil. Once they pop, you know the oil is ready.

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