Sometimes a food writer and radio host just needs to get down on some grub at a fair. The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair recently passed, and I had the opportunity to visit the festivities in order to taste a few deep-fried delicacies. J.H. Martin, the Foundation Chairman for the Fair, invited me out personally to try a new addition to the culinary lineup: the Red Velvet Funnel Cake.
|Jay eating a turkey leg|
|Disney's Sir Kay from The Sword in the Stone eating a (gigantic) chicken leg|
Then I got to the Red Velvet Funnel Cake. The delicate red batter drizzled lusciously into the pool of hot oil. There it fried, floating on the surface until cooked through but still tender. A cream cheese frosting then melted over the funnel cake to create this genius dessert. Well, almost. Ultimately it ended up being a little soft and soggy. While very tasty, the textures weren't quite what I was hoping for. Maybe it needed to be fried a little longer to hold up to the wet frosting instead of the traditional powdered sugar. Regardless of any flaws, the red velvet funnel cake definitely is worthy of trying. We scarfed down the entire cake and could have eaten more. Still, next time I'm in the mood for a funnel cake, I think I'll go for the original.
And thanks to Noel Marcantel Photography for snapping and sharing a couple pictures!