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Dr of BBQ

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Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 2:55 PM (permalink)


Ok Fried Tater started this, when he mentioned Mexican Funnel Cakes in another thread. And I followed up on it because I'm building a deep fryer for use during events next summer.

Am I using the brand new deep fryer that is in my garage, oh no, I have to do it the hard way.

I bought a partially built grill with a stainless steel top grate from an estate auction of a local caterer about a month ago.  And to this day I can not figure out what the grate was originally or what it was made from. Or if it was just the caters idea and design.But the top grate weighs a ton. Which means once it's hot it'll hold and dispense the heat of a single propane burner evenly across the top surface.

So my original Idea when I bought it was to finish it and build a charcoal grill but the top grate weighs so much I didn't want to have to take this thing apart to clean it, after every use.

So then I decided to build a big propane fish type fryer, and do pork rinds. But now I may go with funnel cakes after seeing these pictures. I'll post some pictures of the grill and deep fryer later but here are some Mexican Funnel Cakes and maybe Fried Tater will explain how to make these monsters.

Although I’m guessing, it looks like it's just a thicker batter than normal funnel cakes forced through a Canvas Cake Decorating Bag with a ribbed tip??? But then I could be way wrong on that. LOL Any help would be appreciated.




 
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    CCinNJ

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    Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 3:07 PM (permalink)
    It looks to be a very long form of a churro.
     
    So either a  dispenser used for churros or a cookie press.
     
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      FriedTater

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      Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 3:46 PM (permalink)
      For your viewing enjoyment.............
       
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6V4TJZKRSU
       
      Also you`ll note the guy mentions apple fries.
       
      BTW, I haven`t made these before, I`m still in the planning stages. Yes, these are churros. 90% of my equipment is moth balled for the winter, so I haven`t gotten anything together as yet to try them. I did speak with a company that makes churros equipment, and they suggested to start out with something no smaller than a machine that holds at least 5 pounds of  batter. I was looking at a churro machine in the hundred dollar bracket, they wanted me to go bigger, maybe I think that its more profit for them. um...
       
      FT
      <message edited by FriedTater on Sun, 12/13/09 3:52 PM>
       
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        CCinNJ

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        Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 4:09 PM (permalink)
        A cookie press/gun with a star tip will do just as well. Depends on your volume and how quick you would have to reload.  Using a pastry bag might get tricky when trying to get a continuous line with no breaks.
         
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          kennyb

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          Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 4:34 PM (permalink)
          WOW, thats really all i can say.
           
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            Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 4:42 PM (permalink)
            I swear I could do it in under 20 minutes. FriedTater or Dr of BBQ...if you make it...I will come.
             
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              EatingTheRoad

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              Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 4:44 PM (permalink)
              Another video of one (they should not be stuffing their face):
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNU4Bvm0pYs
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 4:59 PM (permalink)
                Here, I made you a machine.

                Remember, if they can watch them being made it will draw them in.


                 
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                  CCinNJ

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                  Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Sun, 12/13/09 6:03 PM (permalink)
                  You could spin out the apple on the gizmo to make a tsunami apple fritter on a stick.
                   
                  A disk with holes and arms to keep the churro from looking like a hot mess and keep some order to the process would settle the nerves of some of us...with OCD.
                   
                   
                   
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                    CCinNJ

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                    Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Mon, 12/14/09 8:22 AM (permalink)
                    The negative aspect of using a process with a manual crank is that it takes two hands to handle. Even pressure pushing down the dough as you crank...so the line is not broken. Meanwhile if it gets gummy working in the L shape the timing is off in a very quick frying process. A regular churro is 6-8 inches long. This looks to go on for a half mile.
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                      mar52

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                      Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Mon, 12/14/09 10:10 AM (permalink)
                      The auger in the grinder would solve the even dough extrusion problem.


                      Picture from www.diytrade.com

                      In Tijuana they ride around on bikes with the hot oil vats built on to the front of the bikes.  Above they have some sort of a dough hopper and as the churros come out of the tip, the slice it off with a knife to the desired length.

                      the have a pan nearby filled with the sugar and cinnamon.  

                      They're crisp, greasy, and delicious.  They have brown bags and a tongs for serving.

                      I actually don't think their manner of prep would be legal in the states.  Nothing to keep the patrons away from the hot oil.

                      In Tijuana we're sitting in our cars waiting to cross the border as they pedal between the lanes.
                       
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                        CCinNJ

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                        Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Mon, 12/14/09 10:36 AM (permalink)
                        I love churros. Wish they were as popular here as they are in California.
                         
                        Ok as  advocate next is notion that speed slows down overall business.
                         
                        When in the business of churros no problem. Nothing to worry about. A quick process with a constant babysitter. If there is a person devoted to the making of churros. I would anticipate mishaps in the frying station when trying to extrude something so long beyond a traditional size sans automatic equipment while tending to other items being fried within another business.
                         
                        If it was me...I would do something unique within the size of a regular churro. Bacon churros would be fun.
                         
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                          guspas

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                          Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Wed, 12/16/09 10:29 PM (permalink)
                          wow..that is intersting
                           
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                            boyardee65

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                            Re:Mexican Funnel Cakes Wed, 12/16/09 11:27 PM (permalink)
                            Bacon churros with maple glaze!!!  Churros with powdered chile, cinnamon, and powdered sugar with honey chipotle dipping sauce!  Chocolate dipped churros served frozen. I have a few other ideas???!!!

                            David O.
                             
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