I have a situation at the moment, regarding fruit. Specifically, an excess of it. My fellow domestics are no longer domestic but are instead holidaying in Western Australia, and they have left me with large amounts of fruit. There is too much for any one person to eat fresh by a long way, so my response is to find ways to cook it up so it will last longer. Things like oranges I will simply turn into juice, there weren’t many pears and those there were got microwaved with nutella, so tonight my challenge was apples! These will keep a very long time, particularly if kept in the fridge, so I’m not under too much pressure to use them. Now, I could have simply googled for apple fritter recipes, but where’s the fun in that? I prefer to make up simple things so that I can get my own unique flavours working.
Here’s what I did:
2 apples, peeled, cored and grated
3/4 cup SR flour
1/2 cup hazelnut meal
2 tabs honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Ground cloves and nutmeg to taste ( a shake or so)
Mix all that together into a batter, and then dollop spoonfuls into a frying pan with plenty of butter, and I mean real, salted butter. The salt adds just a little bit of pizaz which is really nice, so don’t go for the salt free crap. The batter is quite moist and thick, so use some kind of cover that will keep the heat in but let the steam out so they don’t go soggy. Cook until golden brown. I found with an average frying pan I could get 3 in at once, which is a perfect serving size for one person to eat hot. You can serve them with icecream and just a little maple syrup, but I personally think that they have plenty of flavour to eat alone.
The outside should be lovely and crisp with a soft moist inside, and the bits of hazelnut add a great texture point. As The Male of The Species said, “they’re like delicious fruity frittery things!” I’m glad they were like that, since that’s what I was going for 🙂