spiced apple cider funnel cake with doce de leite and and why baby Maria is so obviously a second child

posted on: Monday, November 15, 2010

Second child eats funnel cakes, first child does not. O.K let me rephrase that. Second child eats funnel cakes and she's 13 months old, first child ate a funnel cake for the first time last summer when he was 3 and I remember being so upset I cried.

Does this mean that the third child will drink a big Mac smoothie in a bottle, so s/he can suck at it all night in it's crib? No this is not an announcement it's just me expressing a legit concern. 

Every time I tell someone  "I have an announcement" they immediately think I'm pregnant. Last week I tested my theory in my class and all the students looked right to my stomach area. My outspoken Freddi said, "Hey Prof. are you pregnant?" Case in point. "No,  it's just that your midterm has been extended"

This month I'm finishing up an article for a major woman's magazine. From what I hear my article will be sandwiched between a pic of J-lo and some other super hot woman. I'll be there right smack in the middle looking all...mama like....because Enzo will be there with me. The article I wrote is about parenting. It always is, it probably always will be until they're big and grown and start having their own babies. I'm assuming they'll want to have babies. I hope by the time they're adults I'll be able to convince them that there is no greater joy, frustration, anxiety, life-changing... joy, joy, joy. This is why I always talk about my kids. This is why I always write about my kids.

I have 2 blogs. This here Kitchen Corners and that over there Bebeloo. Kitchen Corners is food. Bebeloo is parenting/soul searching/life changing experiences. Are you tempted to go and read? Here is the deal, for a while I've been thinking about combining the two. It would somewhat simplify my life and from all the advice I've been given it seems like it would be a good move.

Would you mind if I had a post in here about why I'm boycotting Amazon? Would you mind if one day I did a kitchen product review and the next I tell you about my thoughts when I found out my friend's baby died of pertussis? Is that weird to mix things up? Is it weird to acknowledge that my life is not neatly organized into compartments and that while I'm making funnel cakes I'm also thinking about cleaning my house?

While I'm making funnel cakes I'm looking at Enzo and smiling because he can speak two languages. I'm looking at baby Maria and smiling because I am NOT pregnant which means I can enjoy and somewhat manage her babyhood a little bit longer.

I hope it's not to weird. Maybe it would be a no brainier if organization was my forte. If I was a private person. If instead of using Enzo and baby Maria's name on this blog like I use when the computer is turned off, I called them Thing 1 and Thing 2. If instead of calling Christian, love-of-my-life-hot-surfer Christian I called him DH, then maybe I could compartmentalize my life much easier. But it's not my style. My style is open and fluid. It's having you come over asking for quarters to finish drying your laundry and I giving you funnel cake to take for the road, while telling you all about Baby Maria's latest blow out and how I secretly throw clothes that are stained away because I don't want to deal with rubbing it off. And isn't that rediculously priviledged of me? And how can I call myself an environmentalist. Can I tell you all about my anxieties while handing you over a quarter? In your head you'd screaming "just give me a quarter woman!"

For the next week I'll experiment giving you a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I promise to keep poop talks to a minimum and if you're ever screaming at the computer screen "just give me a recipe woman" please let me know. It's the feedback that allows my writing to improve.

I appreciated my readers. 
The ones here and the ones there
I hope that you two can mingle and become friends. 
Lets break the ice with some funnel cake shall we?

Spiced Apple Cider Funnel Cake with Doce de Leite
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup spiced apple cider
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  2. Add the egg, sugar, apple sauce, apple cider, yogurt, and oil and mix on medium speed for a couple minutes, scrapping the sides of the bowl until well incorporated.
  3. Add the batter to a piping bag.
  4. When your frying oil is hot (test by putting a match inside the pan with oil when the oil is still cold, then when the match flames up your oil is hot. Scary? A little. Will it burn your house down? No.) start piping the the batter in the hot oil. Fry of 30 seconds on each side. 
  5. Add a dallop of doce de leite on top while it's still hot. In Portuguese we call it doce de leite in Spanish it's dulce de leche. Same thing. Amazingly now you can find it ready in most super markets.
Don't let the picture of my messy house/funnel cake on cookie sheet be deceiving. These babies are fried not baked. I was inspired to make these apple cider donuts from Kirbie's Craving. So I did. Except that I failed to read the entire recipe and didn't realize that you need a donut pan. The batter is runny so you gotta put it in a pipping bag or you need a donut pan. Donut pan?! What next! Anyway, I like my piping bag plenty and funnel cakes aren't necessarily the worst substitute for donuts. If you don't have a donut pan and you don't have a piping bag don't fret. You can make a piping bag or you can do the - put it in the gallon sized zip-lock method and then cut one of the tips off and use it as a piping bag.

You should totally make these
and feed it to your infant.
What, does that make you uncomfrtable?
I don't blame you.
Just eat it yourself.
Enjoy your treats before the inevitable baby attacking starts.
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