Total Calories: 1,404
1. Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter, using two knives. Alternatively, mix the ingredients in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade. The mixture should feel crumbly, like sand. Add enough evaporated milk to obtain a stiff but pliable dough. Stir just to mix.
2. Pinch off walnut-size pieces of dough and roll them between your palms to make long thin ropes. You should have about 24, each one about 10 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Fold the ropes in half and twist them together.
3. Place the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F.
4. Gently and carefully lower the festivals into the oil and fry, turning with a slotted spoon, until golden brown, 2 to 40 minutes in all. Transfer the festivals to paper towels to drain and serve while still hot.
Makes about 24 festivals serves 4 to 6
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