Mine though, is faux! Faux because I have no cornmeal…
But the little girl loves corndogs. She likes the one at the weekend market most of all. She also thinks (for now anyway) that I am the world’s greatest and ablest cook, and as such, can do pretty much anything and everything in the kitchen. So (obviously) she thought I could make better better corndogs!
Hmmm, well, I told her (truthfully) that I don’t know if I could make better ones, but we (and I do mean the little girl and I) could try!
My biggest issue, like I said previously, was the cornmeal… I found some in our favorite supermarket but… it was so darned expensive! And I only needed a cup!!! So, never mind… I had to figure out what else I could use. It was the little girl who gave me the idea when she said that the corndog was her favorite because it combined the hotdog and the pancake! Hmmm, so then I decided to use a pancake recipe for the batter covering the hotdog!
My next concern was the amount of oil it would need! I decided to go the same way as the mini doughnut last week and use the mini hotdogs and the smallest saucepan I could find.
My last question was the recipe for the pancake… I couldn’t use my regular recipe because it’s a thin batter. I did remember that there was another recipe that I tried and it was a thick one…
2-1/4 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
4 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 medium eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
It worked like a charm, although I had to double dip and fry the corndogs since the little girl complained about the first batch being too thin (“Mommy, why is this not taba (fat)?”)
For this project though, the little girl mixed the batter and dipped the hotdogs but refused to go near the hot oil (she saw the oil sizzling and was afraid it would burn her…)
In any case, the project was a huge success, with the little girl and her playmate M declaring: I want some more please! And that was after each of them ate 3 pieces already!