6 white onions, sliced and separated into rings
1 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
salt, to taste
2 cups pancake mix
Combine milk, eggs, and salt in a mixing bowl. Soak the onions in this mixture for about 30 minutes. Place pancake mix in a shallow bowl. Heat oil for frying in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees F.
Remove the onion rings from milk mixture, dip in pancake mix and place in hot oil. Fry rings until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Pack fried onion rings solidly, but loosely, without pressing too hard, into an 8-by 4-inch loaf pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn out onto serving plate.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.