Sweet Potato Funnel Cake

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½ gallon canola oil for frying

1 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 pinch teaspoon salt

1 egg

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup sweet potato puree

1 cup whole milk

½ cup confectioners sugar, for dusting


For cherry sauce:

3 tablespoons butter

2 ½ tablespoons of brown sugar

1 cup Bing cherries, pitted and halved

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract



1. Pour the oil into a deep pot or deep skillet, and heat to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a mixing bowl.

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

3. Using your finger to close the opening, pour 1/2 cup batter into a funnel with a ½ inch wide spout. Release your finger, and drizzle the batter into the hot oil using a circular motion to make a 4 to 6 inch circle, 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 for a few minutes and top with cherry sauce. Dust generously with powder sugar and whatever toppings you desire.


Bing Cherry sauce:

1. In a small saucepan over medium high heat add butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cherries. Stir until constantly until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes.

2. Allow sauce to cool. Serve warm over funnel cake.


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Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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