I have such great memories going to the state fair
as a kid. First we'd do all the educational stuff.
You know, watch how to milk a cow and how to shear
a sheep. Then we would head to the midway. We'd go
on the tilt-a-whirl, the Ferris wheel, and by that
time we were ready for some nutritious fair food.
You know, cotton candy, corn dogs and, of course,
my favorite -- funnel cakes. You can smell them cooking
from a mile away, and no matter when we went, there
was always a line. But with today's recipe, there's
no waiting in line because you can make them right
at home. After making a basic batter (and don't worry
we've got the recipe for that online) we pour that
into a large funnel, like this one. (That's why they
call these funnel cakes.) Just make sure you keep
your finger over the bottom so it doesn't leak out.
Now we carefully drizzle the batter into a deep skillet
with an inch of hot, but not smoking, oil. Drizzle
it in a circular pattern. And after watching them
make these at the fair, I discovered it's easier if
you start in the center and work your way out. Once
they're golden on both sides, drain them on a paper
towel and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Then
go to town on it -- just like you would at the fair.
It's kind of like a doughnut, but way more fun to
eat. The recipe for "Easy Funnel Cakes" is online
now, just in case you can't wait for the fair. And
don't worry if you get powdered sugar all over yourself.
That's part of the fun. I'm Howard from the Mr. Food
Test Kitchen, where every day we're looking for more
fun ways for you to say "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"