Monday, June 1, 2009
FROM MY COOKBOOK COLLECTION...FUNNEL CAKES (Coal Country Cookin')
Awhile back, one of my commenters ,Lynn from Queen of the Castle Recipes said she would love for me to regularly post recipes from my (MASSIVE!) cookbook collection. (This collection has grown tremendously since this photo taken years ago)
I thought it was a great idea to highlight a different cookbook each week and show one of the great recipes I enjoy making from that book and to tell a bit about how it made its way into my collection.
Today then, is week one!
Featuring: COAL COUNTRY COOKIN' VOLUME II
The wonderful thing about this cookbook is, it is FILLED with tried and true recipes from small town America (where the best home-cookin' originated).
The book is also packed with interesting photos of coal miner's on the job here, and also has an exclusive photo of a very famous Beatle from Liverpool with his sister who lives in our area.
There is a great story to read about this Beatle's visit to So. Illinois when the Fab 4 was just arriving on the scene in America. You need to buy the book just to read the account.
Here is a fun SUMMER recipe that is perfect for outdoor gatherings, especially for a Fourth of July backyard party, or would also lend itself nicely to a circus or Fair themed children's party, or Bible School celebration.
1 c. milk
1 c. water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Oil (for deep frying)
*Can cherry pie filling (optional)
In lg. bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water and vanilla: mix well. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture till smooth. In deep fat fryer (or electric skillet) heat oil to 375 degrees. Cover bottom of funnel spout with your finger; ladle 1/2 c. batter into funnel. Hold funnel several inches from oil, remove your finger from the spout and move funnel in spiral motion until all batter is released. (Scrape with spatula id needed). Fry 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel and dust with confectioner's sugar.
Add a few tablespoons cherry pie filling to make it extra special!
This really is one of those too good to be true recipes! Children of all ages will love these!