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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Funnel Cakes!

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Wow, it's been a while since I did a food-related blog post. I used to do them quite often, but I hadn't done anything too blog-worthy lately...

...until today.

While Timmy's in New York enjoying some Grammy and Grampy time, Jacob's been enjoying a rare moment of "only-child-ness" here. Today at the commissary, I asked Jacob what kind of snacks he might want, and his answer was "funnel cakes like at the ball park".

Sigh. I was expecting an answer like "tortilla chips" or "Nutter Butter cookies" or something more normal like that.

But in typical Major-Mom-the-Overachiever fashion, I said "Okay!". Whipped out my handy-dandy iPhone and surfed for a basic recipe so I could gauge what ingredients I might need to pick up while at the commissary. Looked like all I needed was some vegetable oil (since I had just enough to fry up the cakes).

So here we go. In this case, I wasn't looking for anything for mass production or anything super complicated in terms of batter preparation. This recipe seemed to fit the bill:

Easy Family-Portioned Funnel Cake Recipe on Cooks.com

Let's start with the "hardware", as Alton Brown would say: my trusting cast-iron skillet and a bottle of Crisco oil. Pardon the schmutz in the skillet, it's burnt kalbi marinade from when the grill ran out of propane in the middle of cooking and I had to break out the skillet. Like I said, trusting!
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Instead of a traditional funnel, I figured I'd have some fun with a decorator piping bag fitted with my wide tube metal tip:
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Then I put together the batter, which was so easy, you guys don't even need step-by-step photos. Just combine everything and mix well, like a pancake batter:
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

While you were making the batter, you should have filled the skillet about halfway with oil and began to heat it at medium heat (at least, that's what I do with my electric range). Use a test droplet of batter in the oil to gauge readiness -- when the droplet of batter bubbles animatedly, you're ready. This should be about 370F or so, but I can't find my candy thermometer to check absolutely, sorry.

Filling the piping bag is pretty tricky. You can also use a quart-or-larger sized zip-top bag with a corner cut out to do this. I used a cup and propped the piping bag in it, then filled the bag and QUICKLY moved it to the batter.
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By squeezing the bag, I could control the flow a bit, better than with a funnel.
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I didn't use enough oil today...the funnel cake stuck to the bottom at first, and I used my cooking chopsticks to nudge it off the bottom of the pan and let it float to the top.
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Unfortunately, when I flipped the first funnel cake over after about 90 seconds, the golden-brown-deliciousness was marred by flakes of burnt kalbi-marinade. Oops.
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

So we'll just pretend those flecks aren't there from here on out:
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Remove the funnel cake to a brown-paper bag or papertowels (I prefer the brown paper):
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Dust with powdered sugar or Hershey's syrup, and you're all set:
From 2010 07 29 Funnel Cakes!

Did I mention Jacob has been the photographer for this blog post so far? Even Jacob knows I like showing off the details:
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But here's one of Jacob enjoying his snack:
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So in conclusion, making funnel cakes is pretty easy, and you know what ingredients are going into the batter. I personally don't care for frying foods in the house, but this time it didn't seem to horrible. Monitor the frying closely and if you don't overcook the cakes, it won't be an oily mess -- unlike what you probably get at the ball park or state fair.

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2 Comments:

At Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 5:31:00 PM CDT , Blogger Maryann Goldman said...

I'm very impressed especially with Jacob as the photographer!

 
At Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 5:36:00 PM CDT , Blogger Bengela said...

great photos..makes me want to try this now too! they really are that easy!!

 

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