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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! 

Funnel Cakes

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! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, fair food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Oil as needed for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
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Instructions

  1. In a deep fryer or electric skillet, or in a large saucepan with a clip-on thermometer, heat oil to 375 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in milk, water and vanilla until well blended. 

  3. In a second bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk into egg mixture until smooth. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Fry 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.

Recipe Notes

The funnel can be poured from a liquid measuring cup instead of a funnel.