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Saturday, August 27, 2005

IMBB 18: Frying Fruit Fritters

This month's Is My Blog Burning event is hosted by Linda of At Our Table. Linda suggests we call it "Summer’s Flying, Let’s Get Frying!"

When I think of summer and frying I think of State Fairs and carnivals with crunchy and juicy corn dogs, sweet mini donuts and funnel cake, and depending on where you live your fair might have all sorts of interesting deep fried items. My state fair recently had deep fried Oreos (which weren't bad), deep fried Twinkies (horrendous!) and deep fried Snicker bars (I think I was all oiled out before that taste sensation).

I had plenty of ideas for tasty deep fried things that I could whip up at home: egg rolls, cannoli shells, mini peach pies, stuffed jalapenos, cheese curds (mmmm... I still may do some of those another day). All great ideas and all tasty as can be. I even considered fried ice cream and a variation of that: deep fried Dreyer's Dibs which might have been something really spectacular... sadly, the world may never know.

Sometimes a chef must rely on the ingredients at hand. At least, that's what I'm telling myself. School shopping has taken its toll on my bank account and I must eat what I have in the house for the next week (don't worry we're not starving just not having anything extravagant) so my entry also had to rely on what was available to me.

While I was certainly able to make mini peach pies (which sound really delicious), I was also feeling the tiniest bit lazy and didn't feel like attempting pie dough... not today. I settled on apple fritters. Very few ingredients and something I've made before. Somehow I happened to choose the most complicated recipe for fritter batter, ever. Serves me right for being lazy.

Once the batter was together, though, it was a breeze to fry everything up. I tried some variations (one of chopped apples and one with the addition of cinnamon) to the fritter as I went along but the simple apple slices in the fritter batter were the favorite. I added a refreshing lemon sauce made from things I had on hand as well and the tangy lemon really complimented the rich fritter with the tart, slightly firm apple.

Puffy Apple Fritters with Refreshing Lemon Sauce

1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 Granny Smith apple (sliced as for pie)
Oil for frying

Into a medium bowl sift flour, salt and sugar. In a blender or food processor (I used a whisk and muscle... it worked fine) combine egg yolks, milk, and melted butter until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
When ready to cook fritters, heat oil to 360-375 degrees. Meanwhile, beat egg whites to soft peaks; fold into chilled batter.
Dip apple slices into batter and fry until golden (about 2 minutes each side).
Serve immediately with Lemon Sauce.

Refreshing Lemon Sauce
1/3 cup lemon jelly
1/4 cup lemon curd

Warm gently in a non-reactive pan, stirring constantly until combined.

Fritter recipe is from Cooking A to Z. The lemon sauce I whipped up with what I had available.

Now that you've seen how beautiful and yummy they look all dressed up in lemon... I feel it is my duty to show you this:

heart attack waiting to happen

Thanks to Linda for hosting this round-up. I'm going to go jogging or something to combat the Crisco.


briank said...

Ooh, lemon sauce.

I dipped my apple fritters in maple syrup. That didn't suck, but lemon curd would have been pretty good, too.

stephen said...

Hi there...these look great! The lemon sauce sounds like a refreshing change of pace for apple fritters...!

[By the way, thank you so much for linking to my site...I've put you in my list of food blog links...]

boo_licious said...

Great idea about the lemon sauce on the apple fritters. They all sound good.

Linda said...

These look excellent! Thanks so much for participating in this IMBB!

Ellen said...

Apple fritters sound like something I need to make, what with 2 apple trees madly producing apples in the back yard!

joey said...

Those look wonderful! And the lemon sauce sounds like such a good match...YUM, love fritters! :-)

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