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If there’s a state fair near you, I bet you’re craving a funnel cake! Problem is, no vendor ever seems to be able to make a gluten free funnel cake for us. Just why is that? Don’t we deserve to enjoy this summertime treat just like anyone else?
Okay okay, I know that most places making gluten free food use gritty and heavy gluten free flour, so any gluten free funnel cake they’d make would probably be dense and icky, but it doesn’t stop a girl from pining for a funnel cake.
What would stop me cold is the fry oil they’d use to make “gluten free” funnel cakes; if it’s been used to fry anything with gluten, then it’s off limits. Cross-contact with gluten is no joke for those of us living gluten free for medical reasons, and fry oil is one of those notorious places where gluten can hide. (Check out my article for more things to watch out for when eating out or shopping gluten free.)
At any rate, since I’m subject to the same state fair food cravings you are, I decided to make my own gluten free funnel cake recipe and share it with you! Of course, this light and airy gluten free funnel cake is only so light and airy because it’s made with my award-winning gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. It’s the key to making your gluten free pie crust flaky, your gluten free cookies perfectly chewy, your gluten free bread soft and pliable, and your gluten free funnel cake, donuts, beignets, churros … light and airy. You get the picture.
With my gfJules Flour and this simple one-bowl recipe, you’ll be dunking heavenly gluten free funnel cakes in powdered sugar before you know it!
I promise, these are the real deal and you’re going to have to fight your family off for these or double the recipe. Maybe just go ahead and double the recipe and make everyone happy.
If you’ve made any of my other fried recipes before, you’ll know the key to frying is getting the oil the right temperature. For this recipe, the sweet spot is around 350F. You need to monitor the oil to make sure it’s not too cool or the dough will just get oily instead of crispy on the outside; if it’s too hot, the dough on the inside won’t fully cook and the outsides will burn.
There’s no magic to it, just watch the heat. With this easy recipe, you’ll look like a professional funnel cake maker in no time! And in case you were worried about technique, there’s no wrong or right to the design — they’ll all look different and it’s fun to see patterns and shapes in your finished creations. Do you see the treble clef in this one?
While funnel cakes are traditionally made by spooning the batter into a funnel and then swirling the dough into the hot oil, I found that it worked better for me to use a squeeze bottle. You can rinse a used ketchup bottle or the like, or you can make the investment into new squeeze bottles with a not-too-narrow tip (luckily these kinds of bottles are pretty cheap, so there’s no serious “investment” to be made!). The one I used is the same as the one I use to make decorative gluten free pancakes, so I get even more use out of it.
Just whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and stir in the wet ingredients, mixing until smooth.
Depending on whether you’re using a funnel or squeeze bottle, the batter may need to be thinner to make it able to pipe out — just add more milk to thin it, if necessary.
So there you have it: easy peasy. State Fair Gluten Free Funnel Cakes made in 1-bowl, start to finish in 15 minutes!
If gluten free apple fritters or gluten free apple cider donuts are more your speed, check out those recipes here on gfJules.com. And if a gluten free soft pretzel would make your day, I have a recipe for that too! But don’t forget the gluten free waffle cones for the ice cream you’re going to want to cool you off at the end of the day!
Oh and my friend Cindy at Vegetarian Mamma also has a great recipe for gluten free fried pickles that would round out any homage to state fair food.
I hope you enjoy this treat as much as we have!
As with anything fried, these gluten free funnel cakes taste best the day they are made. Luckily the batter is so quick to whip up, you can be enjoying a fresh funnel cake in no time! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn from qualifying purchases.
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As with anything fried, these gluten free funnel cakes taste best the day they are made. Luckily the batter is so quick to whip up, you can be enjoying a fresh funnel cake in no time!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn from qualifying purchases.
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