Make Your Own Fair Food!

If you love funnel cakes but hate the fair, this article is for you

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It’s that time of year again. Cooler temperatures are on the way, pumpkin spice everything is hitting store shelves, and the county fair is coming to a town near you. In Cullman, the fair has been delighting its citizens and others from surrounding areas with thrilling rides, exhibits and entertainment since 1954. Oh, and how could you forget the smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind and sinfully delicious deep-fried treats?  Thanks to technology and a little help from Pinterest, these goodies can now be easily made and enjoyed at home any time of the year.

FUNNEL CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Powdered sugar for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a fryer or large bottomed skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water, and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into a large plastic freezer bag, cutting one corner to make a tip.
  4. Pipe batter into the hot oil making a squiggly design and working from the center out. Fry funnel cake for two minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from oil onto paper towels to drain.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar over hot cakes and serve.

CARAMEL APPLES

Ingredients:

  • Granny Smith apples
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • 1 bag of individually wrapped soft caramels
  • Assorted toppings such as chopped nuts, sprinkles, or melted chocolate for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples; press popsicle sticks firmly into the top of each apple.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  3. Unwrap caramels and place in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat; stir occasionally until melted and is a smooth consistency. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Dip each apple into the caramel mixture, shaking off any excess.
  5. Roll the apples in your preferred toppings and place on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate apples for 15 minutes or until the caramel has firmed up and serve.

DEEP FRIED OREOS

Ingredients:

  • Oil for deep frying pan + 2 tsp. for batter
  • Oreos
  • 1 ½ cups pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a fryer or large bottomed skillet.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk oil, eggs, and milk together. Stir in pancake mix until there are no more clumps.
  3. Dip Oreos in batter with a fork and place in hot oil. Fry until golden brown.
  4. Place Oreos on a paper towel lined plate to drain then serve.

WALKING TACO

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pack of chili seasoning mix
  • 1 can (15 oz) ranch style beans
  • 1 can (10 oz) Rotel
  • 5 individual packages of Doritos or Corn Chips
  • Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, taco sauce

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat; drain.
  2. Stir in chili seasoning mix, Rotel, and beans. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Open chip bags and add beef mixture and toppings as desired.