No need to destroy anything else in the apartment kitchen right before I move out…
After searching around and discussing with people about “easier” frying recipes, I’d decided on funnel cakes. You make some batter, you throw it in a pan and toss a little powdered sugar on it.
It sounds easy and manageable right?
And guess what?
It TOTALLY is. Thank. The. Good. Lord.
Recipe taken from the amazing Paula Deen (I mean, if you’re frying, go big or go home) from Food Network.
- 2 cups milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) melted butter
- Powdered sugar, for topping
Combine milk, egg, vanilla in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar and gradually add to wet ingredients. Beat with a mixer until a smooth batter forms. Fold in melted butter. Pour batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle while using your index finger to stop the flow of the batter.
Bring the funnel over the hot oil and release your finger to start a stream of batter while moving the funnel in a circular motion to create spiral-like shapes.
Fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and slightly puffed. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
And here’s what we learned… if there’s only three of you, you probably SHOULDN’T make an entire batch… because it’ll make you sick to try and eat even half of it 🙂
The other thing… this was EASY. Really easy. If you’re having a small group over and people want to take turns making their own dessert – this is an absolute winner of an idea.
We cooked. We laughed (hard). And then we feasted. It was glorious and I can officially tell you that I’m so much less terrified of hot oil then I used to be…