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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: funnel cake Reply with quote

Recently was at a music festival and one of the performers mentioned funnel cakes..did some googling..ah...a sort of fried cake of lace...that what it looks like from photos...

anyone out there made one? guess when I'm in the mood for a fried cake I'll give it a go...

this talk of frying...a jam doughnut would be scrumptious now!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I haven't made funnel cakes, but have done rosette cookies-- similar I think--a sweet batter, deep fried, then dusted with powdered sugar. Oooh they're nice. I suppose a funnel cake is similar to a pile of rosettes! Here's a pic of the rosette iron & rosettes made with it.
http://images.surlatable.com/surlatable/images/en_US/local/products/detail/105494.jpg
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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BEST of carnival fare. Walking around in the hot sun, giant hot funnel cake, greesy paper plate and powdered sugar all over your face. Yeah Man!
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David



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those look soooo cool!! They sound similar to our local "beavertails", deepfried sweet dough with icing sugar or jam or garlic and butter etc..
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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David, your beavertails are our elephant ears. How fun!
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a bit langosy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N20g08QpiE
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweetbabyjames..how deliciously spooky..we both posted at the same time Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elephant ears!! Perfect! (have you moved yet M??)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow funnel cake and elephant ears in the same post. Some of my favorite stuff here...reminds me of going to the fair!
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KYHeirloomer



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW, MadamShawShanks, funnel cakes originated among the so-called Pennsylvaia Dutch. These are Amish and Mennonite people who settled around Lancaster, PA.

Because they're such an easy-to-make finger food they caught on, and are a basic item at fairs and events all over America.

Why "funnel cake?" Because that's how they are made. Using your finger to block the tube, fill a funnel with a sweet batter. Holding it over a pot of hot oil, release your finger, and, as the batter flows, keep moving it in zig-zags, circles, and serpentine patterns. That's what forms the lacy look you saw in the photos.

Dust with powdered sugar and you're good to go.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David - nope, still looking for a place. I'm aiming for June, end of the school year. And just in time for funnel cake season! Good times ahead (every winter). Speaking of which, are you seeing grass in your yard yet?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KYHeirloomer...it reminds me of making churros...how happy was I the first time I gave them a go!!!!!! squeezing the batter into the oil...someone cutting off the dough..

dipping into homemade chocolate sauce...

'n to follow would surely be a flamenco...loads of red..
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Churros are a great analogy. Just use a thinner batter (one that flows), and swirl it around instead of making straight strips, and it's basically the same process.

Hmmmmmm? Never had a funnel cake dipped in chocolate. But now that you bring it up, maybe some cocoa powder mixed in with the powdered sugar......
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