Funnel cakes bring back memories of fairs and parades, carnivals and special events. Usually mixed into the smell might be fried foods of any kind, as well as cotton candy. The smell of Funnel Cakes always brings memories flooding back from childhood and beyond and I can never resist getting one when I go anywhere they are. Did you know you can actually make these yourself at home? It isn’t that hard! I’ve tried several recipes, and by far this is probably my favorite one.
Funnel Cake Recipe
1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. sugar
2/3 c. milk
Place about 1″ of oil in a large pan and heat for about 8-10 minutes. If you have a thermometer, you would like the oil to be 375 degrees or so. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together with a whisk. In another bowl, beat the egg and sugar until smooth. Add the milk and beat. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend well.
Using a funnel or simply a measuring cup, drop the batter slowly into the hot oil, working from the center to the outside in a circle overlapping and criss crossing. The batter will stay on the bottom of the pan for a moment and then spring upward to the top where it will cook while floating.
Allow to cook for approximately 1 minute or so. Next, using a spatula and tongs, carefully flip the funnel cake over and allow to cook on the other side for 1 minute. Remove from oil when golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
You seriously cannot beat a delicious funnel cake. Many people like them in the summer months – not me, I’ll take one in the fall with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate any day!