1 Egg 2/3 Cup Milk 1/4 teaspoon Salt 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 & 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder vegetable oil for frying 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting One Funnel
Variation: To make higher protein funnel cakes, replace no more than 1/6 of the flour with soy flour. (I have not personally tried this, so let me know how they turn out if you do!) Try different toppings: cinnamon sugar, fruit topping, glaze.
Beat egg in a mixing bowl. Stir in the milk. In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Beat the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour oil into a heavy pan or skillet until it is 1 inch deep. Heat to 375 F.
Hold one finger over a funnel end, keeping the opening closed, and fill it with batter. Open the end of the funnel and allow batter to run out in a stream into the hot oil. Move funnel from center, swirling outward in a circular pattern. Fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
Using tongs, turn over the cake to cook the other side. Cook until golden brown and remove to drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar while still warm.
I've been using this funnel cake recipe for some time and have learned a few tricks.
Here are some tips I'd like to share:
Use an electric skillet if you have one to regulate oil temperature more efficiently. If you don't have one, a large stovetop skillet is fine.
Use a ladle to transfer batter to funnel. 1 & 1/2 ladle will make a good size funnel cake. Adjust to suit your families needs.Make sure you have tongs to turn the cakes with.
I use my 2 cup measuring cup to rest my funnel in when not in use to catch drips and minimize mess.
Place the cakes on a cooling rack that is placed inside a baking pan to drain. (I have a recycled toaster oven rack that works great as a cooling rack) to drain.
Use a flour sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
We have a family of six and my kids like big funnel cakes, just like the ones at the carnival so I usually triple and sometimes quadruple this recipe with no problems!
We don't have many opportunities to enjoy amusement parks, carnival, or fairs. The cost is quite prohibitive for our family size and current financial goals. This is one way I make up for it. I make homemade versions of the wonderful treats associated with these events.
This funnel cake recipe is just one recipe you can use to bring those memories of fun times into your home.
Another fun food that you can save money on by making from scratch at home is the Corn Dog.