Funnel Cake Fries are a whimsical and delightful take on the classic fairground treat, offering all the crispy, sugary goodness of traditional funnel cakes in a conveniently shareable and portable form. These fries transform the fair experience into a finger-friendly snack, perfect for savoring at festivals, carnivals, or even in the comfort of your own home.
The preparation of Funnel Cake Fries involves a simple batter, typically made from a mixture of flour, milk, eggs, and sugar. This batter is then piped or poured into hot oil, creating slender, finger-sized strips that fry up into golden perfection. The result is a batch of irresistibly crispy and airy fries with a delectable combination of sweetness and a hint of vanilla.
Once fried to a golden brown, the Funnel Cake Fries are generously dusted with powdered sugar, providing that iconic fairground flavor. Some variations may include additional toppings such as cinnamon, chocolate drizzle, or even a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent twist.
What sets Funnel Cake Fries apart is not just their delicious taste but also their convenient, snackable format. The fries are easy to share and enjoy on the go, making them a popular choice for social gatherings, parties, or casual get-togethers. Their playful shape and nostalgic flavor evoke the carefree spirit of funfairs, creating a memorable and enjoyable snacking experience for all ages. Whether you’re reliving the excitement of the carnival or simply satisfying a sweet tooth, Funnel Cake Fries offer a delightful and portable way to enjoy the classic taste of funnel cakes in a fun and modern presentation.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil or shortening, for frying
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients while continuing to whisk together until no lumps remain.
- Transfer the batter to a squeeze bottle, a piping bag, or a plastic bag (snip the corner off when ready to add the batter to the oil).
- Set aside while heating the oil.
- In a skillet with deep sides, add oil to a depth of 1½ to 2 inches. Heat the oil to 350°F.
- Squeeze the batter in straight lines into the hot oil. You can use your finger or a pair of scissors to cut the stream of batter. Pipe as many fries as you can fit in the oil.
- As soon as the bottom side of the fries turns golden brown (about 20 to 30 seconds), flip the strips over to cook the other side.
- Remove the cooked funnel cake fries from the oil with a slotted spoon. Place fries on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
- Continue cooking the funnel cake fries.
- Serve funnel cake fries hot, dusted with powdered sugar, granulated sugar, whipped cream, and/or sliced strawberries/strawberry sauce. Caramel or chocolate sauce are other popular dipping sauce choices.