Apple Fritters

Makes 4 dozen fritters

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cup all purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 medium firm apples, such as Golden Delicious or Granny Smith

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Vegetable oil for frying

Confectioner’s sugar and warm maple syrup

PREPARATION

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. In a large mixer bowl, beat the egg lightly. Add the milk and vanilla and blend. Peel and core the apples, chop finely (can use food processor) and toss with lemon juice. Add the dry ingredients gradually to the milk mixture, then fold in apples. Heat oil in a skillet to 365 degrees F. There should be about ¼ inch of oil. Drop the batter by heaping teaspoonful into the skillet, patting each fritter down a bit. Fry until golden brown on one side and then turn and brown the other side, should take about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then transfer to a platter and keep warm in the oven until the remaining fritters are fried. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve with warm maple syrup.

Source: Marcia Adams – Heartland – 1991