How to Make the Ultimate Funnel Cake

By: Sarah De Heer

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

There are certain foods that are synonymous with amusement parks, fairs and carnivals. One of those happens to be funnel cakes — fried, cakey and doused in powdered sugar. In last Sunday's episode of Star, the remaining finalists and judges headed to Knott's Berry Farm, an all-American theme park. In between takes, the Food Network Star crew snacked on this doughy treat (pictured below) in pure Knott's fashion: covered in the family's well-known boysenberry jam. Historically, Knott's Berry Farm was a berry market and nursery where the berry plants were sold. The boysenberry actually became the family's trademark and soon afterward the family started selling jams and jellies.

Craving a funnel cake now? No need to head to your nearest Ferris wheel. Try making one at home — it's easier than you think. The trick to making a great funnel cake is the flour. Alton recommends you use bread flour ( watch this video). Don't forget to try one slathered in jam, which you can make from the judges' recipes below.

Get the Recipe: Alton's Funnel Cake (pictured above)

Knott's Berry Farm Funnel Cake (Food Network Star, Episode 5)

Photo by: Sarah De Heer

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