Bee's Knees Corn Dogs

Kids love this recipe. The crust is sweet and delicious!

Bee’s Knees Corn Dogs
4 cups canola oil
3 cups Krusteaz pancake mix
1 cup cornmeal
1 1⁄2 cups water

1 egg, slightly beaten
1⁄2 cup honey
12 bun-length beef hot dogs, cut in half
24 6-inch lollipop sticks

Preheat canola oil in a deep, heavy pot on the stove on medium low. Heating gradually helps maintain a steady temperature. Heat to 375°, adjusting heat to hold temperature.

In a deep bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Add water, egg, and honey. Mix together with rubber spatula until mostly smooth. The batter will be quite thick and should hold its shape when you run your finger down the center. If it’s too thin, the batter won’t stick to the hot dog. You can easily adjust by adding more water or more pancake mix until you get the right consistency.

Push the lollipop stick about two-thirds of the way into the hot dog. Dip into batter, covering completely. Carefully set into hot oil, turning with tongs until the batter starts to brown. Don’t let the corn dog touch the bottom of the pot. (It should stay buoyant.) You may add up to
 3 corn dogs to the pot, but add one at a time and make sure they start to develop a crust before you add more. Continue turning so the corn dogs brown evenly. Cook until the corn dog is a deep golden brown. Remove and drain onto paper towels. For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle a small amount of honey over the corn dog and serve with mustard. If you want to use the extra batter, you can thin with milk or water and use for pancakes or you can drop teaspoons of batter into the hot oil and brown like a donut hole. Roll in cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar immediately after removing from oil.
Serves 24.

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

For more information about Jennifer, check her Web site.  


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