It’s summertime, and that means outdoor fairs, festivals, and carnivals are popping up in just about every town throughout the Midwest. As you might have guessed, my favorite part about a summer fair is the food, especially the sweet and crispy funnel cakes, served piping hot with a thick dusting of powdered sugar. Americana at its finest!
In a deep fryer or electric skillet, or in a large saucepan with a clip-on thermometer, heat oil to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in milk, water and vanilla until well blended.
In a second bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk into egg mixture until smooth.
Cover the bottom of the funnel spout with your finger and ladle 1/2 cup batter into the funnel. Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, release your finger and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all the batter is released, scraping with rubber spatula if needed.
Fry 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.
The funnel can be poured from a liquid measuring cup instead of a funnel.