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Easy Funnel Cake

At state fairs, funnel cakes are enormous, paper plate-sized affairs made by pouring batter from a funnel in a winding circular pattern over hot oil. This homemade version is simplified by using complete buttermilk pancake mix doctored up with a bit of sugar. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Funnel Cakes

Who knew a funnel cake could make a person nervous? It's not that I have a frying phobia, but I wondered how drizzling gluten-free batter into hot oil would work. Without gluten holding things together, would the cakes fry up into the classic lacy funnel cake shape? Or would I end up with solid disks of fried batter? Turns out, they work really well gluten-free. They key is to get the batter right. More

Fair Food Roundup at the Orange County Fair in California

Some of the best guilty pleasures can be found at your local county or state fair. In a spectacular show of gustatory bravery, a couple of pals and I tackle the most daunting treats at the Orange County Fair in California. As the chocolate columnist, I stick to chocolate as much as I could—that's just a life choice, really—but these treats span the spectrum of sweet. More

First Look: Led Zeppole

Get ready for a (fried) sugar high. The owners of Artichoke on 14th Street recently opened up Led Zeppole, a dessert haven of funnel cakes, zeppoles, cannolis, soft serve, and housemade Italian ice. And in a few weeks, expect to... More

Quotable: The Funnel Cake Stands Alone

Yeah, it's behind the New York Times paywall, but David Brooks's op-ed column today made me laugh a little bit. Here's a snip from it: Not that there is anything wrong with funnel cake. It is the only food left that hasn’t been captured by the Alice Waters/Whole Foods set. Nobody is making organic, locally grown, zero-carbon-footprint funnel cake. I suspect it's only a matter of time, Mr. Brooks. Photograph from kevindooley on Flickr... More

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