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The county fair: 4-H, fresh lemonade, and funnel cakes!
6 cups (2 pounds) vegetable oil or shortening (2 1/2 pounds), for frying
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) milk
2 large eggs
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners' sugar
Heat the oil to 375°F in a deep fryer, or a deep, heavy pan with sides at least 3 inches deep.
In a large bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour 1 cup of batter into the dispenser. Start from the center of the hot oil and, in a swirling motion, pour batter in concentric and overlapping circles to make a 6- or 7-inch round. Fry cake on both sides, until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve warm. Yield: about 8 cakes.