Lately, we've only been going for the funnel cakes. We have a family plan in procuring such golden riches of mountainous strands of clumped dough. We get in the car and Super Hubby drops off my son and I near the carnival vicinity. Stealthily we duck and dodge the crowd of carny-goers seeking out the cleanest looking funnel cake shop while Super Hubby circles the car around like a mechanical vulture awaiting his greasy "kill". Sounds like a great plan, right?
Me: "Ahh, hello?"
Super Hubby: "What is taking so long?"
Me: "Well, the line for funnel cakes is really long?"
Super Hubby: "How long?"
Me: "Long. Like, really long. Probably longer than your acceptance of long."
Super Hubby: "I can't keep circling around."
Me: "Why, are you pushing the car?"
Super Hubby: "Very funny. No, I just don't think it's worth the wait for a $4 funnel cake."
Super Hubby: "I'll be waiting for you guys by the road closest to the Ferris wheel."
I got in the car, shoulders a bit slumped. I'm pretty sure I heard our son's stomach grumbling in protest. Then, I did it again. I challenged that I, too, could mix some flour and eggs together, funnel it into my own grease pit, and call it a funnel cake! And, for sure, less than $5 per cake. See, I do this and I find success (remember the restaurant-styled chicken fingers and honey mustard sauce or the Dutch baby pancake story) so, not only may I never see the inside of a restaurant ever again, but carnivals may very well be crossed off, as well. I need to fake more failure:-) Hope you enjoyed my very true story and here's the recipe! I apologize for the pictures. It's what you get when it's impromptu.
What You'll Need
48 FL OZ bottle of Canola oil
Heavy-bottomed, deep-sided pot or dutch oven
2/3 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1-1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Funnel or ZIPLOC bag, trimmed at the corner
What You'll Do
|Whisk together wet ingredients.|
|Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.|
|Marry the wet and dry ingredients, mix until it combines into a holy matrimony.|
|Be prepared! Have a plate with paper towel on it, ready to absorb the oil from the funnel cake. Use tongs to flip the funnel cake. Be sure your oil is ready by testing for some sizzle when you put a pinch of flour into it. Then you know it's ready.|
What You Need to Know to Finish
When the funnel cake has cooled a bit, go ahead and sprinkle powdered sugar over your edible creation. Others have been known to drizzle chocolate sauce, as well. Your choice, I'm not judging. Enjoy!
So, what's your favorite carnival food?