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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I adore sweets... they're my weakness. I can pass by cheese and chips and dips but you stick a Bavarian creme donut in front of me and it's all over. So, with all this dieting and change of lifestyle-eating going on around here, I was seriously craving some sweetness. Not the healthy natural sugars fruit kind either... I mean the refined SUGAR kind complete with WHITE flour and a FAT. Three highlighted words I'm trying to cut back on.
So, in my moment of weakness, I caved and made a funnel cake... but it was ohhhhh so good. So below is the recipe I used last night.
I'm desperately trying to figure out how to make this healthy - or at least a little less UNhealthy: swap white flour for a wheat flour mix, throw in some ground flax seeds, use agave nectar for the sugar, lose the salt, deep fry it in coconut or canola oil instead of the elcheap-o vegetable oil I used... or don't deep fry it at all - hmmm, not sure on that last one. I don't know.
It may be pointless - but it was OOOOH SOOO GOOOOD!

Funnel Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Funnel Cake Directions:

1. In a deep skillet, heat about 2 or 3 cups of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, it's perfect.

2. Beat egg and milk. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture, beating until smooth.

3. Using a funnel, drop into hot oil working from center outwards in a web pattern. (Thus the name "Funnel Cake")

4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, remove from the oil when golden brown and crispy. I flipped my over part way through but you may not need to.

5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm. Can also serve with whipped toppings and fruit toppings and nuts.

6. Eat shamelessly and with abandon!!!

3 comments:

Sarah January 19, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

Guess who is craving a funnel cake? Thanks Michelle! When I was at home I used to make these like every weekend and eat several but that was back when the food didn't go straight to my hips or rear. Somewhere along the line something changed...lol! Have a great day girl!

Marlana January 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

That looks so yummy! One of my friends and I were in charge of our teacher assoc. funnel cake booth at our local Community Days event in Sept. I love funnel cakes! We tried one at the fair this year that had cinnamon and apple pie filling on top and it was wonderful! I realize that makes it more unhealthy, but it was truly an indulgence. :)

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