Funnel Cake Bites

The beginning of October means it is fair time in Texas. There is a big Texas State Fair and then smaller fairs in individual towns. This time of year holds a special place in my heart and despite the fact that I am not one to jump in line for the rides, you will definitely catch me in line for the food. Fair food is usually deep-fried and always greasy. In other words, it is perfect and I love it. Funnel Cakes sit at the top of my fair food list. These Funnel Cake Bites are broken down pieces of the beloved funnel cake. Fry up a stack of these and serve them at your next football party or get together and everyone will leave happy!

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Funnel Cake Bites are fried until golden brown and crunchy on the outside but still soft and fluffy on the inside. They only need to be dusted with powdered sugar, but they would also be great with a chocolate or caramel dipping sauce.

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A plate of funnel cake bites on a wire rack with powdered sugar being sprinkled over
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Funnel Cake Bites

These Funnel Cake Bites are fried to golden brown and crunchy but with the perfect fluffy center.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Keyword: funnel cake, powdered sugar

Ingredients

For Funnel Cake:

  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

For Funnel Cake:

  • Fill a deep skillet or pot about halfway with vegetable oil. Place over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees (F). Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until smooth.
  • When the oil is heated pour 1/2 cup of batter into the oil. Move your hand back and forth quickly to create the chunks of dough. If you move too slow it will clump together.
  • Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Use a slotted spatula or spoon to flip the funnel cake bites and remove them from the oil.
  • Place the cooked funnel cake bites on the prepared plate and allow the excess oil to drain off.
  • Repeat this process until all of the batter has been fried.
  • Transfer the funnel cake bites to a clean plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Funnel Cake Bites

  1. Fill a deep skillet or pot about halfway with vegetable oil. I used this dutch oven. The oil needs to be about 3-4 inches deep. Place over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees (F). I used this candy thermometer to monitor the heat. You will need to increase and decrease the heat as you fry to ensure the oil stays at 350 degrees (F). Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until smooth.
  4. When the oil is heated pour 1/2 cup of batter into the oil. You will have to move your hand back and forth (not in a circular motion) quickly create chunks of batter. If you move too slow the batter will clump together.
  5. Allow the batter to cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Use a slotted spatula or spoon to flip the Funnel Cake Bites and remove them from the oil.
  6. Place the cooked Funnel Cake Bites on the prepared plate and allow the excess oil to drain off.
  7. Repeat this process until all of the batter has been fried.
  8. Transfer the Funnel Cake Bites to a clean plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

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