Fair Foods by George Geary (Santa Monica Press, 2017) celebrates the classic and unique flavors of state and county fairs. Ranging from recipes for corn dogs to deep-fried twinkies, the author helps you recreate these iconic foods year-round. This recipe for funnel cakes is topped with berries for an extra sweet treat.
For the Funnel Cakes:
• 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into smaller pieces
• 1 cup cool water
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3 large eggs
• 2 large egg whites
• canola oil
• confectioners sugar
For the Berry Topping:
• 1 quart fresh berries, cleaned and sliced
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• A pinch of sea salt
• Electric mixer
• Medium saucepan
• Candy/deep fry thermometer
• Pastry bag
• Wire rack
1. Combine butter, water, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the flour. Return the pan to low heat and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes to cook the flour slightly and rid the mixture of any starchy, floury taste.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and place the dough in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until most of the steam has subsided, then add the eggs and egg whites, one at a time, until each is incorporated and a batter is formed.
3. Pour 3 inches of oil into a stockpot and heat to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit
4. Meanwhile, place the batter in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip no wider than 1/4 inch in diameter.
5. Holding the pastry bag over the hot oil, push the batter out into the hot oil in a zig-zag or spiral shape. Fry no more than 1 large or 2 smaller funnel cakes at a time.
6. Fry the cakes until puffed up and golden (they will triple in size), 3 to 5 minutes, flipping every 30 seconds or so.
7. Combine berries, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving. This is the Berry Topping.
8. Drain the cakes on a rack and cool slightly, then sprinkle with confectioners sugar and add the Berry Topping.
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Recipe reprinted from Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs by George Geary Santa Monica Press/August 2017.