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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Funnel Cakes and Other Good Stuff

This summer I asked each of my darling children to set a goal for the summer--"Let's learn new things," I said with much enthusiasm. "Let's watch endless hours of TV," they thought. They didn't really say anything, but I am sure learning and summer vacation do not equate in their minds. Some of them wanted to learn how to build something--something ended up being shelves in a closet. One child has been obsessed with Popsicles--so we've made everything from star shaped Lime Margarita Popsicles to Pudding Pops. Another wanted to make Funnel Cakes! Yes, please!

We discovered Funnel Cakes at our local Arts Festival earlier this summer. They are delicious, deep fried goodness and a cheap, easy breakfast--so of course I was all in. Between reorganizing, redecorating and moving our house around I haven't done much else, but this morning I decided that if I was going to offer to teach my kids something--even if it leads to unhealthy eating habits--I needed to follow through and Funnel Cakes would be had!

This is a fun way to start the day! Or a great dessert--or "Welcome Home" treat--or "Welcome to the Neighborhood Treat"--or "Thinking of You Treat" get it!

Festival Funnel Cake

3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups milk
3 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
vegetable oil, for frying

1. Beat eggs and sugar together and then slowly add the milk and continue beating. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour batter into a funnel using your finger to plug the hole at the bottom. In a large frying pan (use one with a heavy base for frying), add 2 inches of oil to the bottom and turn on heat.
3. When the oil becomes hot, move your hand over the pot and slowly release your finger so the batter can start cooking.
4.Swirl the funnel around to make designs.
5.Brown on both sides--then immediately remove and drain well on paper towels.
You can top them with powdered sugar, jam, whipped cream, honey, syrup, peanut butter, fresh fruit, chocolate, caramel--just about anything is delicious.

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