October 01, 2016

It's that time of year again.  State Fair Time.  That means different things to different folks.  For most of us, however, it is inextricably tied to an euphoric indulgence in all things sweet, salty, fatty, and deep fried.  Oh yeah...it's all good.  Two of the more revered and indulgent of the offerings at state fairs across the south are funnel cakes and deep fried oreos.  Should you get a hankering for either of these treats when the fair is not in town, you'll be happy to know we can set you up with easy recipes for both!  That's right.  You can turn your own kitchen into a state fair concession stand!  Remember to stock up on powdered sugar first.

Deep Fried Oreos

1 cup pancake mix
2/3 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
18 Oreo cookies
additional vegetable oil or canola oil for frying
powdered sugar

Fill a heavy cooking pot with 2-3 inches of cooking oil and heat to 375°F.Combine pancake mix, milk, egg, and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in large bowl and whisk until smooth.  Dip a cookie in the mixture and completely cover it so you can’t see through the batter. Carefully drop the coated cookie(s) in the hot oil and fry on each side just until golden brown. Remove cookie from oil with tongs and drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!

Classic Funnel Cake

2 cups milk

1 egg, beaten

1 t. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 t. salt

1 t. baking powder

1 T. sugar

4 T. butter, melted

powdered sugar

Combine milk, egg, vanilla in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar and gradually add to wet ingredients. Beat with a mixer until a smooth batter forms. Fold in melted butter. Pour batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle while using your index finger to stop the flow of the batter. Bring the funnel over the hot oil and release your finger to start a stream of batter while moving the funnel in a circular motion to create spiral-like shapes. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and slightly puffed. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Emma Miller preparing funnel cakes in 1952.

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