The place, Universal Studios Hollywood. The month and year, May 2003. That was where and when I had my first funnel cake, bless my cousin Lissa’s heart, who refused to leave Universal Studios until she fed us funnel cake. Hee hee.
Since moving to the US in 2007, I’ve had funnel cakes several times, mostly at theme parks or festivals, the last one being in December 2009 in Grapevine, TX. My daughter and her friends enjoyed the funnel cakes so much (bless the heart of my girlfriends who bought the funnel cakes!) that I just had to learn how to make some and not have to wait for our next theme park visit. And learned to make funnel cakes I have!
This morning, I made funnel cakes for the second time. The first time was in December, the very next morning after coming home from our trip to Grapevine. Hubby and my little girl were happy to have funnel cakes for breakfast. I topped mine with fresh strawberries, while those of hubby’s and my daughter’s were just topped with powdered sugar.
Here’s the recipe…
INGREDIENTS:1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 T cup sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 C milk
oil for deep frying (preferably, canola)
powdered sugar, for sprinkling
fresh fruit slices, for toppings (optional)
1. Heat canola oil in a pan (I used a 10″ frying pan) to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix all dry ingredients. Add in eggs and milk and mix well.
3. Pour 1/2 cup batter through funnel into hot oil, while moving the funnel in a circular motion. Fry each spiral of batter until golden brown and turn over if necessary, specially when using a shallow pan. Remove the funnel cakes with tongs and lay on paper towel to absorb oil.
4. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle powdered sugar through a sieve onto top of hot dough. Top with your favorite fresh fruit slices. Serve immediately.
The recipe yields 2 cups of batter, enough for 4 good-sized funnel cakes. Try making these on your child’s next play date and you and your child just might get invited to many more such dates. But don’t be surprised if your mommy friends ask you to bring apidexin, too, for their consumption, of course! Hee hee.