Funnel cake is a delicious deep-fried dessert often enjoyed at fairs and carnivals. It’s made by pouring a thin batter in a circular pattern into hot oil, creating a crispy and sweet treat. Here’s a simple funnel cake recipe for you to try at home:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 and 1/3 cups milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Oil, for frying (vegetable or canola oil works well)
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then add the milk and vanilla extract (if using). Mix well.
- Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until you have a smooth batter. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Heat about 2 inches of oil in a deep skillet or pot to around 350°F (175°C). You can use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
- Once the oil is hot, place your finger over the funnel’s spout and carefully pour a small amount of batter into the funnel. Hold the funnel over the hot oil and release the batter while making a swirling motion to create a circular pattern. Be cautious not to overcrowd the pan; cook one funnel cake at a time or a couple at most, depending on the size of your pan.
- Fry the funnel cake for about 2 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to flip the cake.
- Once the funnel cake is cooked, remove it from the oil and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- Repeat the process with the remaining batter until all the funnel cakes are cooked.
- Before serving, dust the funnel cakes generously with powdered sugar.
- Serve the funnel cakes warm and enjoy!
Remember to be cautious when working with hot oil and keep children away from the cooking area. Enjoy your homemade funnel cakes with friends and family!