Well, it is finally starting to feel a bit more like the beginnings of summer here in Utah. Summertime will always and forever remind me of County Fairs. Though the County Fair and State Fair won’t happen until later in the summer I don’t see any reason to wait to give this treat a chance. The timing was also perfect to send this as my entry to Suzana of Home Gourmets
, winner of the last round of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day
, the event created by Barbara at Winos and Foodies
, and with its new home with Bron Marshall
. Suzana has chosen Choux! for HHDD#20
– so now was as good a time as any to try my hand at making an old fashioned country Fair favorite – funnel cake. I recently watched an episode of Good Eats
where funnel cakes were made and knew that it wouldn’t be too long before I had to give it a go.
It was super simple and easy and made for a very, airy light concoction. I guess you could call them sort of like a doughnut, but either way, it was a nice fun treat.
I modified a basic choux recipe just a bit to add some extra flavor to my funnel cakes with the addition of a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Just pipe a bit of a random pattern straight into the hot oil and fry up some chouxy goodness – easy peasy – plus it was really fun to watch.
Besides, we all like treats that can be prepared start to finish with minimal fuss or mess in a short amount of time. Making these only took about 35 minutes from start to eating a stack of funnel cakes dusted with some powdered sugar. Definitely worth a repeat.
Choux Funnel Cakes
– Approximately 10 depending on size – mine were about 6 inches across
1 cup (8 fl oz) water (240 ml)
100 grs (3 ½ oz) unsalted butter
¾ cup (112 ½ grs / 4 oz) plain all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting, if desired
Place the water and butter in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Add flour mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cook, stirring over low heat until the mixture leaves the side of the pan. Remove from the heat.
Place in an electric mixer and beat on high, gradually adding the eggs until well combined. Beat in the vanilla.
Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.