It is State and County fair time! I am jealous that all of my Iowa friends have been at the Iowa State Fair this last week. It is the most amazing state fair and has been ranked the best in the US. The state fair is like a holiday in Iowa. I love Utah, but our state fair is like a county fair compared the Iowa State Fair. We have had the Davis County Fair going on around here this last week. The other night we told our kiddos that we were going to spend the evening at the fair, but for various reasons, it didn't happen. They were a little disappointed, so I decided to surprise them the next morning with these funnel cakes. I had no idea how easy these were to make. Super easy! Everyone loved them, especially the husband! We may never go to a fair again...
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
1-2 cups vegetable oil
In a mixing bowl, mix eggs and milk together. Add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and vanilla (the original recipe didn't call for the sugar and vanilla, but I added these ingredients) and mix until smooth. .
Heat oil in an 8 inch skillet to about 360 degrees. (I turned mine up to medium/high until it was hot then turned it down to medium and it stayed the perfect temperature.) Place your finger over the the bottom opening of the funnel and fill the funnel with about 1/2 cup of the batter. Hold the funnel close to the surface of the oil and release the batter into the oil while making a circular motion. Fry until it is golden brown (it takes a few minutes). Use tongs and a spatula to carefully turn the cake over. You will want to make sure you get a hold of it in the middle and not just the edge. Fry the second side for about 1 minute, or until it is also golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon-sugar.
**If you don't have a funnel, you could put the batter in some type of a squeeze bottle (such as an old ketchup bottle), or even in a ziplock baggie and cut the corner off.