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Apple Fritters

Apple fritters

(Jewish batter-fried apple rings)

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Apples are a popular treat at Hanukkah, whether served as an applesauce topping for latkes or fried in a tasty batter for apple fritters, a tradition that supposedly originated among Greek Jews.

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Tart apples, cored and sliced into thick rounds -- 4
  • Flour -- 1 cup
  • Sugar -- 3 tablespoons
  • Salt -- pinch
  • Eggs, separated -- 2
  • Water -- 3/4 cup
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Powdered (confectioner's sugar) -- 1/4 cup

Method

  1. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg yolks with the water. Whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  2. Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or skillet to about 365°F. Mix the yolks and water into the flour mixture to form a smooth batter. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.
  3. Dip apple rings one at a time into the batter to coat completely and let any excess batter drip off. Deep fry in the hot oil, turning as needed, until lightly browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and hold in a warm oven as you repeat with the remaining apple rings.
  4. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Apple Fritter Variations

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the batter, or stir in a little grated fresh orange peel.
  • For grown-up flavor, toss the apples with a little brand or sweet liqueur and let soak for a bit before battering.

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