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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

State Fair Funnel Cakes (at home) Oh yeah!

State Fair Funnel Cakes - YUM!!!!
Do you ever get cravings for a certain food?  And you eat and eat and eat and still aren't satisfied because you didn't get what you were craving.  Yeah, me too!  So, guess what I was craving today?  Funnel cakes.  You know the kind that you get at the fairgrounds, I believe it's deep fried sin on a plate.    There's not much better than a great funnel cake unless maybe it's a really great candied apple.  That may be in my near future.  I was really skeptical about making these because, well, sometimes my creations don't come out as planned.  I have to say that when that happens it is REALLY frustrating, but my Momma didn't raise a quitter (a procastrinator, maybe, but not a quitter).   So, I decided to try my hand at funnel cakes and I am proud to say that they were AMAZING!!!  Crispy on the outside and light and chewy on the inside and they were pretty easy to make.  I made them in my little Cuisinart Deep Fryer (that I lucked up on at a Garage Sale a few weeks ago) and they turned out just as good as any State Fair Funnel Cake I've ever had.  Now, all I need is a turn on the Ferris Wheel and I've got it made.  Hope you like this recipe and if you try it, let me know what you think.

State Fair Funnel Cakes
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar

*Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar to sprinkle on top

Note:  If you have a deep fryer, I recommend using this, if not you can still make these in a deep skillet but use a thermometer to heat the oil to the right temperature.  If you don't, they won't cook properly.  If the oil is too low, they'll be soggy and if it's too high, they will burn.  I also used a squeeze bottle with the tip cut down to make a larger whole.  

Directions:   Preheat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  While oil is heating mix together ingredients and pour into a squeeze bottle. When oil is heated, drizzle batter into hot oil.  Cook until lightly browned on one side (approximately 90 seconds) and flip over to let other side cook to light brown.  Remove and place on paper towel, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.