We have a rather unusual TWD pick this week - a deep-fried sugar-coated treat similar to funnel cake. Or so I'm told, but I think I've only had funnel cake once and I don't really remember anything but grease, so to me these are in a class by themselves. I don't usually do deep-fried, but these were chosen by the one and only Teanna of Spork or Foon, so I couldn't not make them! Actually, I was even looking forward to making them - they looked unique and fun, and I never would have chosen them on my own so I was excited to try something different.
Teanna and I went to college together, and after reading her blog for a few months I decided to start my own! She is also the way I found out about TWD. My life has been hugely impacted by becoming a food blogger, and without Teanna I may never have discovered this incredible community.
This scherben - is there a more fun name for a treat out there?! Say it with me, scherben, scherben, scherben! - is perfectly crispy (even almost 24 hours after frying them), and hardly sweet at all until tossed in powdered sugar. It is amazingly light for something that has been deep-fried, making it entirely too easy to pop into your mouth, one after another. After another. I used powdered sugar on most of it, but I did also top some with a blend of cardamom and granulated sugar, which was a really sublime combination.
It isn't the easiest recipe to scale down, given that it has one egg and one tablespoon of butter - though the amazing Nancy figured out the measurements for a 1/4 recipe - so I hesitantly made a full batch. Thankfully, I was able to give a lot of it away.
Though these aren't something I would normally have chosen to make, I loved them. I couldn't believe how much fun I had deep-frying them, too. It helps to have a pot that is deep enough to assuage any fears of boiling oil jumping onto my skin. I had welts for weeks after making my Apple Cider Doughnuts a few months back. I don't see myself making them again any time soon, as they are a little fussy, but I'm so glad to have made them and I'll keep them in mind in case an occasion arises in the future that they would be appropriate for.
Many thanks to Teanna for picking such a fun recipe, and of course, for introducing me to the food blog world. (You'll hear more about all of this in several weeks, when I celebrate my first blogiversary!) You can find the recipe for the scherben on Teanna's wonderful and terribly funny blog!