Homemade Funnel Cakes

Why wait for the State Fair? Pipe your own funnel cakes at home with these helpful tips.

For a nostalgic treat, try this! Funnel cakes are so fun to eat. All you need is your basic cream puff dough. And if you don't have a recipe of your own, go to our website at bhg.com and check out our recipe center. Once you've got your cream puff dough made, put it into a large, heavy plastic bag and snip off one of the corner so you've got a place to pipe from. Then you're gonna wanna heat some oil. I like to use corn oil or soy bean oil for this. You wanna heat it over medium heat until it's pretty hot, so it takes about 3 to 4 minutes. I'm just gonna make sure that my oil is hot by dropping in a little dab of the dough, and I'm gonna use a fork to help knock that dough off. If it sizzles, we're good to go, and there it goes! Now, there's a little trick that I like to use when piping in my dough and that is you wanna be fairly quick when you're doing it, and as you pipe, make a spiral, but kinda pile it on top of itself so it's not just 1 single layer. Also, when you're done, make sure you end with your little tip in the center on top of itself. You wanna make about 2 or 3 at a time. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes per side, so you need a little bit of patience here. When you think that they might be brown on the bottom, you can take your spatula or your slotted spoon and just lift up the edge and just flip it over. And they pop up really nicely. It's so fun to watch them cook. And when you're funnel cakes are done, you wanna make sure that you've got a tray or a plate of some sort that's got some paper towels on it so that you can drain them and let the oil shake off a little bit. For a finishing touch, you're gonna wanna add a little bit of powdered sugar, but you wanna make sure that they cool just a little bit or the powdered sugar is just gonna melt right into the funnel cake and you're not gonna see it. Now, that's a treat! Just like at the fair.