Are you going to the Fair?

I have fond memories of sharing a Funnel Cake with my family at the Fair. It only happened one time a year but it was so tasty and worth the wait. The Big Fresno Fair is in town for 2 weeks and it's incredible to see how many different foods that can be fried. Anyone up for Alligator? 

The Fair always marks the end of Summer, it's a nostalgic time of year remembering Back to school shopping, reconnecting with friends and starting the Holiday Season. So if you're sad to see the Fair end, recreate fun memories at home.

A few weeks ago I purchased a deep fryer. Frying anything is not really part of my regular routine but I broke down & did it. I learned that some things are just meant to be and can be accomplished much easier with the proper tools. I bought a small Farberware Deep Fryer from Walmart for $29 and have already put it to good use. Sweet potato fries anyone?!

Fair Food at Home with ChefShayna.com

Last week I mentioned to Bill, the ABC30 cameraman that I was making fair foods at home & he suggested Funnel Cakes. I decided to rise to the challenge and try it out. In researching a good Funnel Cake recipe I read a lot of different reviews and opinions. The best recipe I tried is from thekitchn.com, thank you for the great advice. I decided to reduce the recipe and make my cakes smaller to accommodate my smaller deep fryer.

The batter is very easy to make- think pancake batter only a little thicker. I was a little intimidated to make the actual squiggly lines of the cake itself but after the first attempt all fears went away and it truly was very F-U-N to do.

First thing first, preheat your oil. If you have a deep fryer, great- it will help contain the oil, keep it warm throughout and might help a little with the smell. If you don't, do not fret. Use a large frying pan (cast iron will be best) and fill it at least 1.5 inches with oil.

Next prepare the Batter by first combining the eggs and milk with a metal whisk or fork. Then add in the remaining ingredients stirring until smooth.

Next, you need to decide how you will pipe your batter into the boiling hot oil. I used a plastic bottle and cut a bigger hole into the tip. You can use a piping bag or Ziplock bag with the corner snipped. Pipe the batter into the hot lil, keeping a long continuous chain flowing. Layer the batter in your own unique patter. Allow it to sit for 30 second then flip the cake and allow for an additional 30 seconds. Scoop it out and let it cool and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Deep fryer in action- Funnel Cakes

Now it's time to determine how to garnish your beautifully browned cake. Dusting it with powdered sugar is a must. Then I like to add sliced strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. You could also opt for sliced apples or pear with ice cream & whipped cream.

Funnel Cakes at Home- ChefShayna.com

Have fun recreating this recipe and wowing your family & friends! Long live the Fair!

Funnel Cakes

Makes 5, 6" cakes

2 eggs
1 1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup Sugar
2.5 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
 

Garnishes:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Berries, Apples, Pears
  • Ice Cream
  • Whipped cream

Heat oil to 375 degrees. I used a slow cooker to contain the oil & recycle the heat. You can use a cast iron pot with at least 1.5 inch of oil.

Prepare Batter by first beating together eggs and milk until combined.

Stir in the remaining ingredients until a smooth batter forms and let rest for 10 minutes.
Using a piping bag or bottle, or a Ziplock bag with a hole cut into the corner, pipe the batter into the hot oil, keeping a long continuous chain flowing. Layer the batter in your own unique pattern. After 30 seconds flip the cake and allow it to sit for an additional 30 seconds until it is golden brown. Remove with tongs and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

To serve dust with powdered sugar, drizzle on chocolate and berries and enjoy!