Saturday, October 1, 2011

Homemade Fair Food

We are not fans of the fair.  We might want to go every 10 years or so.  I don't mind the little town or county fairs.  I'm talking about the HUGE state fairs.  Too many people and too expensive.  And I always have this fear of losing a child or two in the madness.  The best part of the fair is the food anyway and you can make that at home for A LOT cheaper.  Our favorites are Indian Tacos, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, and Funnel Cakes.  Mmmm Mmmmm.

Indian Tacos
   Fry Bread
       2 cups flour
       1 TBS baking powder
       1 tsp salt
       1 cup milk
       oil for frying
     Mix dry ingredients then add milk.  Add more flour if necessary to be able to handle the dough.  Kneed on floured surface for at least 5 minutes.  Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.  Shape dough into 4 discs and tear a small hole in the center to prevent too much puffing.  Fry until golden, turning only once.  Drain on paper towels.  Top with taco toppings of your choice.  I like mine simple....spicy beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and salsa.

   Follow the 1:1:1 ratio.  1 cup sugar (more or less to taste), 1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons), and 1 cup water.  Heat water on the stove and dissolve sugar in it, cool.  In a pitcher, combine sugar water, lemon juice and enough ice and cold water to make 6 servings or 1 1/2 quarts.

Funnel Cakes
     1 egg
     2/3 cup milk
     2 TBS sugar
     1 1/4 cup flour
     1/4 tsp salt
     1 tsp baking powder
     Oil for frying
   Beat egg and milk.  Mix dry ingredients in a seperate bowl then slowly add to the egg mixture.  Beat until smooth.  Pour into a squeeze bottle and squeeze in to hot oil in a criss-cross pattern.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  We like personal sized funnel cakes.  No sharing here.

I know this is too much fried food and sugar for one meal.  But fair food only comes to town once a year!

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