A couple of weeks ago we visited the Netherlands and I had my first Olliebollen. It’s a fried dough, often filled with raisins, covered in powdered sugar. They were so good, it kind of reminded me of a beignet.
Then, this past weekend we went to a local fair. They had the country’s largest portable roller coasters. I’m not sure portable is the right word, but you know what I mean. They take them down and put them back up in a new location where they’ll stay for a few weeks. Anyway, these were massive roller coasters. One had 5 loops! I was extremely surprised how smooth the rides were.
When I go to a fair, half the fun is all the crap food you eat! Corn dogs, caramel apples, cotton candy, lemon shake-ups. My favorites are elephant ears and funnel cakes. Give me ALL the fried doughs! ? But here in Luxembourg, there is little to no food at fairs. This one had absolutely no food or drink stands. BOO!
So, that got me craving some fried dough. These funnel cake bites are super simple to make and are ready to eat in about 10 minutes! Dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or serve with a strawberry coulis. YUM! Good ol’ fair food in the comfort of your own home. Now you don’t have to walk around with powdered sugar all over you. ?
Funnel Cake BitesCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Whole Milk 1 cup
Unsalted Butter, melted 3 Tbsp
(let it cool slightly)
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Sugar 1 Tbsp
Pinch of Salt
All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Vegetable Oil for frying
- In a small saucepan, add vegetable oil until it’s about 2″ deep. Turn burner on medium-high.
- On a large plate, place 2 paper towels on top of one another.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk, egg and butter.
- Add baking soda, sugar and salt and whisk until combined.
- Add flour and whisk just until it comes together. It’s okay if there are a few tiny lumps remaining.
- Check oil by putting a small amount of batter in the saucepan. If it floats quickly, it’s ready. If it sinks to the bottom and stays there more than a few seconds, remove the batter and let the oil get hotter.
- Working with a small cookie scoop, add a scoop of batter to the hot oil. Let it cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip it over with a slotted spoon/spatula and let the other side cook to golden brown, another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the oil and place on the paper towels to drain.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter. You should be able to do 3-4 funnel cake bites at a time.
- Let cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
- Any time you are working with hot oil, take the proper precautions. Don’t let the kids help with these!
- If the funnel cake bites cook too quickly, turn the oil down to medium and continue cooking.
- If the funnel cake bites are still doughy in the middle, they are probably too big. Use a smaller scoop and let them cook a bit longer.