Saturday, October 13, 2012

Claudia's Funnel Cake Recipe




Funnel cakes are fun to make with the kids and also eat! Here in the South, these are popular at feasts, flea markets and other social events. You can make these for your family and friends when having company or a breakfast treat! Check out the photo's how easy these are, all you need is your index finger and a large holed funnel or zip lock baggie to make the design!
 1 cup water
3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
4 large eggs plus 2 whites
Canola oil, for frying or Vegetable
Powdered sugar garnish for the top

Directions
Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely mixed in before continuing. Add all egg and beat until mixture is smooth. If it's too thick add a little more water.  Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan on medium heat or until placing a drip of batter into the oil starts to sizzle.

Place your index finger over the bottom of the funnel, pour the batter into the funnel, be careful not to have it too high so batter doesn't splatter. In a circular effect spiral the batter in a round formation.

 If you have a portable gas grill these are a great way to raise money for your favorite
Charities by taking premade batter to the outing and a cast iron pan to cook with!
 If you don't have a funnel use a ziplock bag and snip the end.
Remember to keep the batter cold if using in social outings.

Fry on one side around a minute, flip with a spatula. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Best eaten while warm.  If your are transporting the batter keep it cold but it can be made ahead of time. These are always a hint at any event especially here in the south!  For other topping suggestions, use a mixture of cinnamon and sugar or sprinkle with miniature chocolate chips...
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