I’ve never deep fried anything in my life… until yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon, while it poured with rain outside, while the kids played with their new ratty babies and my husband worked on the new bathroom, when my house was a mess and I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner, inspired by this recipe from Fortune Goodies I decided I’d make cinnamon sugar apple fritters. I have fabulous timing!
We used a star shaped cookie cutter to cut the core out of my apple slices and called it a Christmas recipe… which totally justified the insanity! You can do all kinds of crazy things in the name of Christmas!
Here’s the recipe I tweaked and adapted.
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup plain yoghurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 3-4 apples
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- Oil for deep frying.
- In a mediums sized bowl combine the flour and baking soda.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the egg, yoghurt and milk whisking them together until combined and slowly incorporating them into the flour to make a fairly thick batter. Add a dash more milk if the mixture is too thick. Set aside.
- Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl big enough to fit an apple ring
- In a small saucepan heat the oil for frying.
- While the oil is heating up, cut the apples into thin rings and punch the core out using a cookie cutter. Place the apple rings on some paper towel to dry any extra moisture.
- Set up a wire rack over a tray ready to cool the finished apple rings.
- Once the oil is hot drip a small amount of batter into it, if it immediately bubbles and rises to the top, it is ready to go.
- Dip an apple ring into the batter until it is completely covered, allow any excess batter to drip back into the bowl, then pop it into the hot oil. It should bubble immediately and fairly quickly float to the top. Let it bubble and brown for about a minute and then turn it over so it browns on the other side.
- Once done pop the apple ring on some paper towel to soak up any excess oil as you transfer it to the cinnamon sugar, dunk it in and make sure it is well coated then pop it on the wire rack to cool.
- Eat them as soon as they are cool enough!
You know what… deep frying is not as scary as I thought it was! It was actually pretty easy… despite the insanity that was going on around me.
I made these in a tiny little saucepan which just enough room for one apple ring, which meant it took a little while to cook up all the apple rings, but I didn’t need to use very much oil (I’ve always thought it was such a waste to throw out all that oil after deep frying!) and it was easier for a first timer like me to manage.
The kids LOVED these, saying it was just like a ‘healthy donut’ though I suspect the token ring of apple didn’t do much to cancel out the fact that these were deep fried! But let’s not dwell on how healthy these are, lets focus on how easy and how delicious they are! They’d be even more fabulous on the top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream!
I see more deep frying in my future!
Is there a recipe or cooking technique you’ve always been just a little bit afraid to try?