Funnel Cakes #SundaySupper

Funnel Cakes

Welcome to another #SundaySupper! The theme this week was Fall Foods, which of course got me pondering what says fall to me. And as I was perusing all my apple, pumpkin, and sweet potato recipe options, I suddenly thought of the Texas State Fair. It comes around Dallas every fall, and it’s a Very Big Event. Growing up, my family never missed it.

funnel for funnel cakes

I haven’t been in years; and there’s really no functional equivalent in New York. I rather miss it. Around this time of year I’m always nostalgic for the rides, the car show, and Big Tex. And of course, the food.

frying funnel cakes

frying funnel cakes

In recent years, the Texas State Fair has become nationally notorious for its insane, over-the-top fried foods. Apparently there is quite the competitive one-upmanship going on, and vendors are seeing what you can’t fry. The results have been disgusting sounding things like fried Oreos, fried butter, and fried Dr Pepper. Thanks, but no thanks.

Funnel Cakes

In my heyday, the only fried foods were the normal items, like French fries, corn dogs, and my personal fave – funnel cakes. My mom and I would have considered it the highest form of sacrilege to attend a state fair without a funnel cake in the afternoon. So I decided to make them at home, and attempt to reminisce in my kitchen. Oh, and also attempt to explain to my non-Texan husband what the Texas State Fair is all about. At least I succeeded at the funnel cakes…

funnel cakes

These may look complicated but they couldn’t be simpler to make, honest. Anyone can do this. And they’re soooooo good. Be sure you check out the rest of the #SundaySupper team – I’ve linked to all the recipes below. There’s some great-sounding dishes there, so get inspired for fall cooking and baking!

Funnel Cakes

Source: The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
1 ½ cups whole milk
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbs granulated sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

In a wide saucepan, pour in 1-2 inches of oil and heat to 375 F.
In a large bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Dump the flour mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until smooth.
Take a funnel and cover the narrow end with one finger. Pour in roughly ½ a cup of batter. Position the funnel over the hot oil and remove your finger. Pour the batter into the hot oil in a swirling motion, going in concentric and overlapping circles.
Fry on both sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.
Repeat with remaining dough until done.

Check out the rest of the #SundaySupper links!

Amazing Breakfasts, Brunches, and Breads

Apple Spice Muffins from Pixie Dust Kitchen
Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze from The Messy Baker
Apple Spice Waffles from Treats and Trinkets
Pumpkin Spice Latte Donuts from Daily Dish Recipes
Mini Pumpkin Pancake Kebobs from The Urban Mrs.
Mini Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Cinnamon Apple Crepes from Juanita’s Cocina
Maple Apple Bread from The Foodie Army Wife
Pumpkin Bagels from Mess Makes Food
Pumpkin Ale Pretzel Buns with Black Sea Salt from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Outstanding Soups, Starters and Sides:

Butternut Bisque from A Distinguished Palate
Bacon, Corn and Shrimp Chowder from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Pumpkin Tomato Sauce with Andouille Sausage from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Parmesan Polenta from That Skinny Chick can Bake
Farro Date Salad with Mango and Arugula from Shockingly Delicious
Butternut Squash Tian with Herb Topping from Food Lust People Love
Caramelized Fig and Red Grape Goat Cheese Dip with Brown Butter Sage Biscotti from Eat,Move,Shine
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup from Alida’s Kitchen

Comforting Main Dishes:

Autumn Risotto with Chicken & Cranberries from Momma’s Meals
Mushroom and Sorrel Lasagne from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Fig & Pancetta Pasta Carbonara from Nik Snacks
Chili from Casa De Crews
Vegan Mushroom Pie from Killer Bunnies Inc
White Pizza with Kale and Meatballs from The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
Spicy Korean Monkfish Stew (Agu Jjim) from kimchi MOM
Creole Shrimp & Grits Cake from The Roxx Box
Penne with Spicy Sausage and Pumpkin Sauce from Webicurean
Bacon Spinach Pasta from Magnolia Days
Chicken, Spinach, and Gnocchi Soup from Cookin’ Mimi
Stuffed Meatballs in Tomato Alfredo Sauce from Family Foodie
Butternut Squash and Lentil Pot Pie from Curious Cuisiniere
Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto from MarocMama
Onion Tart {Zwiebelkuchen} from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili from Neighborfood

Decadent Desserts:

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows from Home Cooking Memories
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Bars from Table for Seven
Apple Cider Five Spice Caramels from girlichef
Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Soni’s Food
Italian Apple Torta from La Bella Vita Cucina
Chocolate Black Bean Cookies from Mama’s Blissfull Bites
Apple Fig and Pomegranate Crisp from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Caramel Apple Sugar Cookie Pizza from Chocolate Moosey
Apple Pie Turnovers from Basic and Delicious
Pumpkin Bourbon Crumb Pie from Gotta Get Baked
Camotes Enmielados (Mexican Candied Yams/Sweet Potatoes) from La Cocina de Leslie
Maple Syrup Pumpkin Bars from What Smells So Good?
Pear Almond Graham Cracker Tart from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples from Foxes Loves Lemons
Buttery Bourbon Ice Cream from NinjaBaking
Caramel Apples from Pies and Plots
Funnel Cakes from The Texan New Yorker
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from In The Kitchen With KP
{Gluten-Free} Pumpkin Swirl Pecan Crumb Cake from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate Pumpkin Swiss Roll Cake from Big Bear’s Wife
Hot Apple Pizza from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Savory & Sweet Coconut Cream Salted Caramel Apples from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Tasty Drinks:

Pumpkin Juice – Harry Potter Style from The Dinner-Mom
The Best Wines for Fall Foods from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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  5. I’ll get one of these just for you!

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  9. Well..this totally takes me to the fall festival, in a good way. I always indulge! Sounds like a fun treat to make!

    • Amen! I mean, what on earth is the point of attending a fall festival/state fair if you’re not going to indulge?

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  15. My husband would give me diamonds if I made your funnel cakes for him! Reminds me so much of every county or state fair that we go to!

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  17. Funnel Cakes? FUNNEL CAKES?!?!?!?! I love you! This is the one and only thing I get when I go to fairs. Fairs are animals & funnel cakes. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

  18. Who doesn’t love funnel cakes? This recipe looks great and so easy to make. I haven’t had a funnel cake in so long and I think it’s time to change that.

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  20. Oh my goodness this totally reminds me of the Fall Festival at the kids school. Love funnel cake. I am so glad you are part of the Sunday Supper Movement.

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  25. Funnel cakes bring back memories of the county fair! I love your recipe and would love a funnel cake topped with ice cream!!

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  27. Totally brought back memories of theme park visits – yumm!

  28. Yes, this totally reminds me of street fairs and carnivals. Yours looks great!

  29. There are always huge lines for funnel cakes at our state fair…but I’d much rather have your delicious homemade version!

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  31. My mom loves these! I’ll have to make some for her!

  32. Yummy…your post reminds me that it’s been too many years since I’ve had funnel cake…and yours looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Sigh, the fair and end of summer are synonymous here in Vancouver. Every year, for as long as I can remember, the Pacific National Exhibition was held in the last two weeks of August. You couldn’t go without getting a bag of their fresh outta the oil, insanely addictive cinnamon-sugar covered mini donuts. I know how you feel about those funnel cakes. I love how we can develop such deep attachment and ingrained memories over food. I’ve never had a funnel cake but I don’t doubt for a minute that they’re delicious (I mean, hello, fried dough!). Yours look fabulous!

    • Thanks! Those mini donuts sound amazing! I’d love to visit Vancouver sometime – it’s on my list. I love childhood favorite foods too. 🙂

  35. Funnel cakes are the only reason I go to fairs – seriously! I can’t wait to try your recipe at home!

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