What thoughts come to your mind when you think of funnel cakes? Maybe it reminds you of Fall and the local county fair or maybe one of those big crowded amusement parks during the summer. Either way, overpaying is the sacrifice that has to be made to enjoy some of this crispy-fried, tasty goodness. Well actually, it doesn’t have to be because you can easily make your own funnel cakes at home for a fraction of the cost with Golden Barrel Funnel Cake Mix.
Although funnel cakes actually date back to Anglo-Norman medieval cooking manuscripts in the 1300’s, it is commonly associated today with Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. According to kutztownfestival.com, funnel cakes became well know as a result of the Kutztown Folk Festival. This festival, started in 1950, covered every aspect of the Pennsylvania Dutch lifestyle and eventually grew to attract nearly 100,000 people annually. One of the most popular food items sold were funnel cakes made by a lady named Emma Miller and some friends using her family recipe for $.25 each. They were a huge hit with customers from all over the country and ultimately became an identified dessert for all future Pennsylvania Dutch Festivals.
So how can you enjoy these PA Dutch goodies at home? Here are some steps to help assist you through the process.
- Use Golden Barrel Peanut Oil or other high heat cooking oil and fill fryer or frying pan to at least 2 inches deep with oil. (Peanut Oil has a smoke point of 450°F making it ideal for frying.)
- Heat oil in fryer to 375°F. (fryer may take up to a half hour to reach proper temperature depending on device)
- 3 cups of Golden Barrel Funnel Cake Mix (1 lb) with 2 cups of water will make approximately six 6 inch funnel cakes.
- Add mix to mixing bowl and slowly add water while mixing with a whisk. Continue mixing and adding water until reaching a smooth batter that looks like this:
- Pour batter through a funnel into fryer or frying pan. Use ring or mold if available.
- Fry approximately 30-40 seconds until edges are slightly brown. Turn cake over and fry an additional 20-30 seconds.
- Remove the cake and let excess oil drip back into the fryer
- Add powdered sugar, whipped cream, yogurt or fruit and enjoy.
Storage of the batter:
We recommend using the funnel cake batter as soon as possible. However, we know that it is not always practical as sometimes large batches have to be made up ahead of time. If so, place the batter in a sealable container that can be stored in a refrigerator. It should not be stored for more than 1-2 days as the batter will start to lose its consistency and break apart when put into the hot oil. How it would hold up would also depend on the temperature of the water and mix at mixing time. If you bring it off the mixer at around 65 degrees F and refrigerate right away, the longer it would hold up under refrigeration. If the batter is too cold, it could ball up. That generally occurs below 60 degrees F. Freezing the batter is not recommended.
Finally, check out this fun video showing the whole process:
So as you can see, enjoying the taste of PA Dutch baking doesn’t only have to be at a festival or amusement park. It can easily be enjoyed at home as a unique dessert with family.
Try out Golden Barrel Funnel Cake Mix to make your own funnel cakes at home and let us know what you think.
Mitch has worked with Golden Barrel Baking Products in Quality Control and Online Marketing since 2002. He is a transplanted Canadian to Lancaster County who still enjoys playing hockey, eh! If you have ever asked a question through email or social media, then you have most likely interacted with Mitch.