Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Funnel Cake and Fried Oreos

Don't you just love carnival food? You know the kind of food we're talking about - deep fried and smothered in chocolate! Funnel cakes are so simple to make, and you probably have all the ingredients you need right in your pantry. Even better - the fried Oreos are made with the left-over batter from the funnel cakes. We got the Oreo idea when we visited Scotland a few years ago and the fish-n-chips shops served a plethora of fried items - fried pizza, fried cheeseburgers, and even fried candy bars.
This recipe should make 2 12" funnel cakes and have enough batter left over to fry several Oreo cookies.

What you will need:
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cup of milk
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tablespoon + 1/2 tsp baking powder
Powdered sugar for dusting
Oil for frying

What you need to do:
Heat oil in an electric fryer or cast iron pan to 375 degrees. You will need at least an inch and a half of oil. We chose to use the electric fryer. Line two or three plates with paper towels. We used paper plates to make clean-up easier.

Mix the eggs and milk together with a wire whisk or fork until combined. Stir in the other ingredients until the batter is smooth.
The next step can be done one of three ways. We used a disposable pastry bag fitted with a round tip. You can use a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one corner or you can use a funnel that has a small hole. If you don't have a pastry bag and a small round tip we recommend using a Ziploc bag and cutting a small portion of the corner off. The batter is rather soupy and will pour out very fast.
Stream the batter into the oil in a random, overlapping pattern (crossing the batter back and fourth over itself will make the process of flipping the funnel cake much easier.
Once the cake is floating and golden brown on the bottom (about 60 seconds) use tongs to flip it over, allowing the other side to cook.
Continue cooking until your desired "doneness" is achieved, remove from oil, and set on a paper towel lined plate.
Liberally apply powdered sugar on top. Some people like to add a fruit topping, but we made a sweet glaze using 2 tablespoons plain Philadelphia cooking cream, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla flavoring.

Now for the fun part - Fried Oreo Cookies!
First, line a plate with paper towels to get ready to drain the fried cookies. You'll also need a wet towel to clean your fingers. Next, dip your Oreo cookies in the batter. You can put three or four in the batter at a time to make it go even faster.
Roll, flip, rotate, etc. the cookie in the batter until it is completely covered. Yes, it will get messy!
Drop the battered cookies in the hot oil and cook until golden brown. This will not take long - less than a minute for each side.
When they finish cooking, drain on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Eat them while they are still warm - YUM!
These are so good you won't know what hit you!!

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