Funnel Cakes from Duff Bakes by Duff Goldman

When we think of funnel cakes, we reminisce on fun times and the giddy excitement of watching the batter turn to fried goodness in the hot oil. Thanks to Duff Goldman, author of Duff Bakes, you’ll be able to re-create this delicious and nostalgic dessert at your own home. We’re already drooling just looking at the picture! Duff Bakes, on sale November 3, is full of mouth watering dessert recipes all using fundamental baking skills. In this cookbook, written with Sarah Gonzalez, Duff Goldman truly gives home bakers the down-to-earth essentials they need for baking at home. Pre-order a copy today from your favorite retailer.

Funnel Cakes

Alpert_HC_DGoldman_FunnelCake_Day5_1261I remember eating my first funnel cake at Disneyland when I was super young. Later, when I made my own funnel cakes, I remember eating my first one, and I tried hard to make them extra awesome because I was probably making someone else’s first funnel cake and I remembered how awesome mine was.

Make life easy for yourself and prep four or five disposable plastic piping bags with batter. Funnel cakes can be very messy to make, and this will totally help. —Duff

Makes 8

  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 2 cups milk or cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Add the oil to a deep pot and heat it over medium-high heat until it registers 375˚F on a deep-fry thermometer. Set up a work surface with 4 or 5 plastic piping bags, scissors, tongs, parchment paper, and a wire rack with parchment paper underneath.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Add the eggs and milk and whisk well. Get all the lumps out!
  3. Fill all the piping bags with batter. Cut the tip off one bag and drizzle the batter straight into the hot oil in a swirly, crazy pattern. Toss the piping bag. When one side is golden brown, about 75 seconds, carefully flip the funnel cake with tongs and fry the other side, another 75 seconds. Fry the rest of the batter.
  4. Drain the funnel cakes on the wire rack. While they’re still warm and shiny, dust them with powdered sugar using a wire-mesh strainer. Serve immediately!

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