When you walk into a state or county fair, there is a plethora of different foods to try, from the most sugary of sweets to deep-fried goodies. Perhaps one of the more renowned fair foods is the funnel cake, a fried dough and powdered sugar combination. Read below to learn more about this simple yet delicious treat, as well as how to make it at home.
Funnel cakes have been rocking fair-goers' worlds for a long time, dating back to the Middle Ages. More modern funnel cake appearances are connected to the Pennsylvania Dutch and specifically the first Kutztown Folk Festival in 1950. Funnel cakes were being sold for 25 cents apiece, and they allegedly sold thousands, solidifying the sweet treat as a staple for fairs and festivals.
Of course, fairs don't run all year long and a funnel cake craving might need to be attended to. Worry not -- we've got a recipe to make this deep-fried sugary snack right in the comfort of your own home.
Powdered sugar is a simple way to do the trick, but you can go expand your horizons if you want to make your funnel cakes really stand out. Garnishing with fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries add a natural sweetness that complements the deep-fried dough nicely. If you really want to hit that sweet tooth, adding chocolate chips, peanut butter or a caramel drizzle on top will elevate this to a wonderful dessert. Topping the funnel cake with ice cream gives it a hot-and-cold combination that will taste fantastic.