Root Beer Funnel Cakes with Fresh Blueberries

*Recipe by Judith Fertig from book "Heartland: The Cookbook"

For the Funnel Cakes

Vegetable oil, for frying

1-1/2 cups (188 grams/6.5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

3/4 teaspoon (3 grams) baking soda

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) cream of tartar

2 tablespoons (30 grams/1 ounce) granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 cup (236 mL) root beer

For the Root Beer Glaze

1/2 cup (63 grams) confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting

1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) root beer extract (such as root beer flavor extract - 8 fl oz)

1 tablespoon (15 mL) half-and-half or whole milk

Fresh berries of your choice, for garnish

Make the funnel cakes:

In a large, deep skillet, pour in enough vegetable oil to reach 1 inch. Heat to 375°F over medium-high heat.Meanwhile, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk the egg and root beer together in a cup, then whisk this mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth.When the oil has reached the correct temperature, hold your finger over the bottom of a large kitchen funnel with a 1/2-inch diameter spout and pour ¾ cup batter into the funnel. Hold the funnel over the center of the skillet, remove your finger, and with a circular motion starting from a center point, let the batter create either a tight or freeform spiral in the hot oil. Fry until the funnel cake is light brown on one side, then carefully flip with a pancake turner and fry on the other side until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Let the oil come back to the correct temperature and repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Glaze the funnel cakes:

Whisk the confectioners' sugar, root beer extract, and half-and-half together in a small bowl. Drizzle over each funnel cake, then dust with more confectioners' sugar and garnish with fresh berries.

Sweetapolita's Notes:

1. I didn't have a large kitchen funnel, so I used a large pastry bag and a 1/2" piping tip. The batter is very runny, like pancake batter, so you have to act quickly. I placed the piping bag into tall glass very close to my pan, and folded the cuff of the bag over the rim of the glass. I measured 3/4 cup of batter, then poured it into the piping back, then quickly poured into the oil, in the same circular motion as described in recipe.

2. Since you are making one cake at a time, it's definitely not ideal to make for more than just a few people.

3. I used a candy thermometer to ensure the temperature of 375°F.

Good luck & enjoy!

Love, Rosie xo