Fair season is just about to wrap up! But, this week you can still visit the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY from August 22-August 28th and get your fair fix! One of my favorite (but not my hips’ favorite) part of the fair is the food. The smell of sweet roasting nuts, the salty aroma of freshly popped popcorn and, the funnel cake….oh the funnel cake. That hot, sweet, doughy, finger licking, sugar coma inducing goodness. Sorry, did I drool a little? My apologies. So, how would you like to bring that tasty treat into your own kitchen? Well, you can and it’s pretty easy. With a little bit of frying oil and pancake batter, you can bring the taste of the fair into your own home. Check out my recipe below and see you at the fair!
Vegetable oil for frying
1/3 cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1/4-1/3 cup water
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for topping
Pastry bag (a sandwich bag with a corner cut of will work) or squeeze bottle (i.e. an empty ketchup or mustard bottle)
Add enough oil to a skillet so it comes about halfway up the side of an 8-inch skillet, and heat it on medium heat until it reaches 360°F. Spoon pancake mix into a 1-cup measuring cup and level it off. Be careful not to pack the mix as you level it.
Whisk together the water, egg and vanilla. Slowly add in pancake mix whisking as you go. Pour batter into a bag/squeeze bottle. You should test the oil to make sure it is hot enough. Be careful when working with oil as it will sizzle when it comes in contact with moisture. Oil burns are very painful so be mindful while working with it. Test the heat by dropping a small dot of batter in the pan. It should fry golden brown and sizzle quickly without burning. When oil is ready, quickly squeeze the batter into the pan. You can make a circular motion or, get crazy with some zigging and zagging
Cook about until golden brown on the bottom (30 seconds-1 minute). Flip and cook the other side until golden brown (about 30 seconds). Remove from the oil and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.