State Fair Funnel Cakes

Mix together just a few simple ingredients to create this easy recipe for state fair-style funnel cakes that will make any ordinary weekend special for the whole family.

It’s state fair time here in Utah. I grew up in California, and if we had a state fair, I certainly didn’t know about it and it wasn’t anywhere near where I lived. But, now that I live near Utah’s capital, the state fair is only a 20 minute drive away, and we’ve gone for the past several years.

If there’s one thing that seems oh so quintessential state fair…it’s funnel cakes. Although, while we’re on the topic of state fairs, can someone please explain to me why everything at a state fair has to be deep fried?

Deep fried pickles? Okay. Ice cream? Creative. But candy bars? Overkill. Mac ‘n cheese?…Isn’t it already bad enough for you? I find it amusing (and kind of gross) that the goal of these food vendors seems to be to see how unhealthy of a food they can possibly make.

Still, despite my lack of enthusiasm toward deep fried bacon cheeseburgers, I do appreciate a good funnel cake.

3 large EGGS
1/4 cup Sugar
2 cups milk
3 2/3 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Vegetable oil.

Beat eggs and sugar together and then add the milk slowly–beat. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.
Pour batter into a funnel and at the same time, use your finger to plug the hole. In a large cast iron pot, add 2 inches of oil to the bottom.
When the oil becomes hot, move your hand over the pot and slowly release your finger so the batter can start cooking.
Move the funnel around to make designs.
Brown on both sides–then immediately remove and drain extremely well.
Top with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.