Homemade Fair Food

Homemade Fair Food

Fairs always have so much to offer and it seems that there is never enough time to enjoy everything at your local fair. This year, if you missed out on some of your favorite treats, or if you just want to enjoy your favorite fair treats at home, try making your favorite fair foods for yourself. Here are two recipes for classic fair fare. These treats are simple, but amazingly delightful and will calm your fair food cravings.

Funnel Cakes

The funnel cake is a treat that can be found at almost any fair. It is the treat that many of us look forward to having once a year at the local fair. Now, you can learn to make these sumptuous treats for yourself, family and friends.

3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
vegetable oil
powdered sugar

1) Mix the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add wet ingredients, milk and eggs and mix until the batter is smooth. (Note: if you don't want to make your own batter, you can purchase boxed plain white cake mix, which makes a decent replacement for homemade batter)
2) Fill a deep, medium sized skillet with about 2 inches of vegetable. Heat the oil over medium heat until the oil is about 350 to 375 degrees.
3) Pour batter into a gallon sized re-sealable bag and clip one corner off to squeeze batter through. You can also use a squeeze bottle or a pastry tube.
4) When oil is at the desired temperature, squeeze the batter into the oil. As you are squeezing the batter into the oil you want to make a light, lacy lattice pattern. Your batter should have plenty of holes, you don't to create a blob, the holes help the batter cook evenly.
5) Cook about 1 min on each side, turning only once. Each side of the funnel cake should be golden brown.
6) When the funnel cake is done remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Allow the cake to drain and pat gently with a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
7) Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar, top with whichever toppings you enjoy and serve hot.

Lemon Shake Up
The ever-present, classic Lemon Shake Up is the universal fair drink. If you are looking to enjoy this cool and refreshing drink on some hot day, here is the simple recipe so you can make them for yourself rather than waiting for the fair!

Ingredients (makes two 16 oz drinks):
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 lemons
2 cups ice cubes (minimum)
1 cup ice water

1) Boil the water and sugar in a small sauce pan, boil for about 5 minutes stirrring constantly, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. This is called simple syrup and can be used in many drink recipes that combine sugar and water. Boiling the sugar and water together helps keep the sugar from settling at the bottom, which keeps the flavor of the drink even.
2) Cut the lemons into halves. Juice all four halves, reserving the rinds.
3) Add the lemon juice to the simple syrup. Chill the lemon syrup in the fridge.
4) Crush the ice cubes in a blender. Put half of the crushed ice, about 1 cup, into a cocktail shaker. Add half of the chilled syrup to the ice in the shaker, about 1/2 cup. Add 1/2 cup ice water to the shaker, cover and shake well. If you don't have a shaker combine the ice, ice water and syrup into a tall glass and stir well.
5) Place one reserved lemon half into a tall glass and pour the contents of the shaker into the glass.
6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 to make the second drink. Serve immediately.

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