Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mini Apple Fritters



It has been weeks since my last post, and my apologies for this long absence. However, I have a good reason: We were in the process of moving! After three months of house-hunting, and all the work and preparation (and hundreds of spousal disagreements; who knew I felt so strongly about a breakfast table or that he was adamant about wood floors?) that go into it, we are finally in our new home! Even though we are no longer within walking distance of some of the best restaurants in the city, the benefits are numerous including, of course, our beautiful house, all the space (my extra baking pans now have their own drawer in the kitchen and not in the coat closet!) and the ease and quiet of suburban life. And an added bonus is the beautiful wetlands behind us, teeming with wildlife, including these super-cute wild turkeys.


So the past couple of months were hectic. And during that time, it was impossible to cook. Save for making coffee and microwaving some frozen egg rolls, I last time I cooked a meal was way too long ago. Now, my fingers are twitching to turn on some burners. And just so you know, I have a nice line up too, beginning with this recipe for mini apple fritters. So stay tuned! And in case you were wondering how dare I post a recipe for something deep fried on a blog that starts with the word "healthy," my answer: who doesn't like fried food? My approach is moderation - you won't see me eating this way every day or even every week for that matter.

Mini Apple Fritters
Makes about 20

2 cups apples, chopped (about two apples)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup cake flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup low fat milk

1 large egg, separated

1 tsp vanilla extract

vegetable oil for frying


Coating:

1/2 cup raw sugar

2 tsp cinnamon


1. Prepare the apples first by melting the butter in a saucepan, and adding the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Cook apples until softened and the smallest pieces have melted. Remove from heat and cool.

2. To make the batter, combine the flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

3. Beat the egg white to stiff peaks.

4. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolk, and vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture until totally incorporated, at which point it should be thick and sticky. Mix in half of the egg whites to make the batter more smooth. Fold in the remaining egg whites, this time taking your time not to over mix, folding about four to five times. Finally, fold in the cooled apple mixture.

5. To cook, heat enough oil in a deep frying pan, and drop scoops of batter into the hot oil. (I used a 1 1/2 tablespoon ice cream scoop to get even sized fritters.) Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until medium to dark brown. Drain on paper towels. Combine 1/2 cup of raw sugar and 2 teaspoon cinnamon, and properly toss the warm fritters in this mixture before serving.


12 comments:

Magic of Spice said...

I love these...but sadly I would probably eat far too many :)
Congratulations on your new home!

baking.serendipity said...

Congrats on your new home! This looks like a great first treat for the new place :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious fritters

Elisabeth said...

I love your mini apple fritters. They are so addictive, and yummy!
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Oh moves are stressful!
Those apple fritters can be very addictive :)

Have a great weekend,

Gera

Natasha said...

Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!

Sophie said...

Your mini apple fritters look like a real delight, Natasha!!

Enjoy your new home!! And Happy Cooking & baking over there!

Natasha said...

Thanks Sophie! It's a thrill to have much more kitchen space to cook in!
Hope you are well my dear.
N.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Hi Natasha,
These look great, and congratulations for your new home also!

Goa Tourism said...

Mini apple fritters seems to be very yummy, i will surly try this recipe

Natasha said...

Thanks guys!

Astrid said...

Perfect!