Happy Memorial Day to all those who have served in the Armed Forces, or are family and friends of one, or have lost one in the service. Today, I was conflicted on what to post on such a historic day that truly marks the importance of those who have fought for our country. But I decided to write about an iconic American pastime, baseball. Although, many will camp, go to the pool or beach, enjoy time with friends and family, this sport is great to watch with fellow loved ones for this particular day.
Major League Baseball is very dedicated to the honoring the fallen veterans by holding moments of silence to show respect to the troops. Each of the players wear camouflage uniforms still embroidered with their team affiliated logo to represent the appreciation that Major League Baseball has for those serving in the Armed Forces. They happily show their support by having a reduced pricing for all veterans not only for Memorial Day but for all games. New York is luckily honored to have two Major League Baseball teams to represent the state with both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.
Personally, I have went to plenty of baseball games with my family to Citi Field to watch the New York Mets and whether they win or lose, the most entertaining part of the game is being able to watch this exciting sport being played out while being surrounded with loved ones. The simple experience of cheering for your favorite team while simultaneously watching the game and having the chance to eat the concession stand food in this fantastic atmosphere, it is truly a great memory to last a lifetime.
I simply wanted to share a recipe for a concession stand food item that is commonly consumed at baseball stadiums by customers to have better experience while watching the game. So if you cannot attend a MLB game this weekend and can only watch on television, this is an easy recipe to make the experience seem that much more connect to the game.
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
5 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or cast iron pan to 375°F. You will need at least an inch and a half of oil. We chose to use the electric fryer, which recycles its heat quicker and kept the fried foods smell and heat out of the house! Line plates with paper towels, the process will go fast once you start!
Mix egg and milk together with a wire whisk or fork until combined. Stir in other ingredients until batter is smooth.
Fry Tip: If you will be frying more than 4 funnel cakes or if you wish to make the batter up to an hour in advance, increase the amount of baking powder by 1 teaspoon to help give it lift during its long wait before frying.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and squeeze batter in a random, yet overlapping pattern. (It’s all mainly a haphazard process, but crossing the batter back over itself will help it stick together when it’s time to flip.) Once it’s floating and golden brown (usually 60 seconds in), flip using tongs, allowing the other side to cook.
Continue cooking until desired color is achieved and remove from grease and set on a paper towel lined plate. Apply powdered sugar liberally to the top, add fruit toppings if desired and enjoy!
Note: You can use an actual funnel for this process, or even a zip top bag with one corner snipped off. Just as long as the better is able to get into the oil quickly and efficiently, that’s all that really matters.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
So enjoy this Memorial Day holiday weekend kick back, relax, and enjoy a baseball game. And Major League Baseball teams, batter up!!