After having this special treat at a Pennsylvania country fair I just had to try and recreate this for my family. I believe I came pretty close, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the oil into a deep pot or deep skillet, and heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl.

  • Beat the egg, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, and milk together in a large bowl until well blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring until the mixture is smooth.

  • Using your finger to close the opening, pour 1/2 cup batter into a funnel with a 1/2 inch wide spout. Release your finger, and drizzle the batter into the hot oil using a circular motion to make 4 to 6 inch circle, and then cross over the circle to make a spiral pattern. Cook until golden brown. Turn the cake over to cook the bottom side. Use a slotted spoon to remove from the oil, and drain on paper towels. Cool 5 minutes, and dust generously with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Tips

Snip a corner from a heavy, resealable plastic bag to use in place of a funnel; fill with a small amount of batter and squeeze gently. Use a candy thermometer to check the oil temperature.

Nutrition Facts

542.4 calories; 9 g protein; 71.6 g carbohydrates; 51.4 mg cholesterol; 648.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
These funnel cakes were absolutely out-of-this-world delicious! I happen to love pumpkin pie so I pretty much figured I would enjoy this recipe. Imagine my surprise when my hubby who totally hates "pumpkin anything" devoured three of these and only left me one! The taste of the pumpkin is perfectly balanced with the suggested amount of spice. Very enjoyable. I highly recommend trying these; you will not be disappointed. Thanks Lin!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/24/2008
I have made funnel cake a lot and this was more cake like in consistency than most funnel cakes. Because of how cake like it is I found it absorbed a lot of oil which made it heavy. Will not make again Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
These funnel cakes were absolutely out-of-this-world delicious! I happen to love pumpkin pie so I pretty much figured I would enjoy this recipe. Imagine my surprise when my hubby who totally hates "pumpkin anything" devoured three of these and only left me one! The taste of the pumpkin is perfectly balanced with the suggested amount of spice. Very enjoyable. I highly recommend trying these; you will not be disappointed. Thanks Lin!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
These funnel cakes were absolutely out-of-this-world delicious! I happen to love pumpkin pie so I pretty much figured I would enjoy this recipe. Imagine my surprise when my hubby who totally hates "pumpkin anything" devoured three of these and only left me one! The taste of the pumpkin is perfectly balanced with the suggested amount of spice. Very enjoyable. I highly recommend trying these; you will not be disappointed. Thanks Lin!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly except I made my own pumpkin pie spice (a little extra cinnamon scant 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp ginger some fresh grated nutmeg). I couldn't get it to come out of my funnel. I resorted to the sandwich bag method which was messy but worked except I think I made the hole too big. In spots the funnel cake was too thick and it didn't cook all the way through. All in all a messy but delicious recipe. Worth the mess! Somewhere between funnel cake and pumpkin pancakes. Whip cream or real maple syrup would have been amazing on it. Rave reviews from my boyfriend and my neighbors. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/24/2008
I have made funnel cake a lot and this was more cake like in consistency than most funnel cakes. Because of how cake like it is I found it absorbed a lot of oil which made it heavy. Will not make again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2007
I had several extra cans of pumpkin left over and was looking to do something different and kid friendly and I couldnt have picked a better recipe! This was the first time I ever made funnel cakes and until I found my rhythm the first few were a little funky looking but let me say that the kids thought they tasted great even my extraordinarily picky nephew loved them. Thanx for sharing will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2010
Gosh these were good! I dropped them by spoonfulls trying to make a ball and used them for our Halloween Party and called them Boo Balls (Ghost Testicles) They were a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
WOW! We liked these. New twist on a funnel cake. If you like pumpkin pie etc. you will love these. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2008
These were the best funnel cakes ever! My brother couldn't stop eating them and we kept beggin' my Mom to make more and she finally did. We chowed them down.....thank you so much for giving my Mom this recipe!!!!!!XD Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2009
YUM! My family loved this! It was just like what we had at the Harvest Festival! Thank you for a new family treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
Wow Linda these are AWESOME!!!! My hubby loved them!(and for him to like a bread based dessert is just this side short of a mircale!) It did take a little practice to squirt the cake batter across the oil (I used a plastic zip lock with the corner cut on one end). I burned the first cake but the 2nd and 3rd ones were perfect! We dusted with lots of pwrd sugar & I shared with my in-laws. Thanks!!!! See posted pics (: (: (: (: (: Read More
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