In the end the result was good, but I found several problems with the technique. 1) I had a hard time getting the batter to stick to the dogs, even after coating in cornstarch. After a bit of online research I added the step of dredging them in egg white before the cornstarch, and lowered them quickly into the oil before the batter could slide off. 2) I found that scooping rather than piercing with the fork was better as the pierced dogs did not easily release into the oil. 3) The oil needed to be deeper in order for the batter not to fry up with a distorted shape from touching the bottom of the saucepan (a frying pan is not practical). 4) 350 degrees was just a bit too hot; I found 340-345 to be the ideal oil temperature. 5) The amount of batter was way too much. I used up a 1-lb. package of dogs cut into 1/3's, and still had plenty of batter leftover. I would make these again but this looked to be a simple and straightforward recipe and I was frustrated to find that it was not.