Apple, Pear or Banana Fritters

2012-07-04
  • Yield : About 16
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 7m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    310
  • Calories from Fat

    81
  • Total Fat

    9g
  • Saturated Fat

    1g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    53mg
  • Sodium

    165mg
  • Carbohydrates

    53g
  • Dietary Fiber

    1g
  • Sugar

    27g
  • Protein

    6g
  • Serving Size:

    4 fritters

Fruit Fritters are a quick, easy alternative to pancakes and waffles, and simpler than make than donuts. You could call them fruit flavored doughnut holes.

Fruit Fritters can be made in advance, and refrigerate and reheat them in a microwave or toaster oven. Reheating Fritters in a toaster oven retains their crispy exterior.

Dusting these slightly sweet fritters with powdered sugar is optional. Dusting with powdered sugar provides added sweetness with far less calories than glazed doughnuts.

Cook’s Tips

  • Do not use berries (blueberries, raspberries) in this recipe. The moisture in ripe berries can cause fruit exposed to hot oil to explode causing excessive oil splatter and possible burns.
  • Adjust the amount of cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.
  • Depending on batter thickness and fritter size, the baking step may be omitted. After frying the first batch, cut one in half and check for uncooked batter. If the fritter is cooked trough, omit baking.

Nutrition Tip

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a phytochemical that may fight viruses, lower blood pressure and reduce your risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (130 g) all purpose or cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water to thin batter if necessary
  • 1 (120 g) medium banana, apple or pear, chopped
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting if desired

Method of Preparation

Step 1

In a wok or deep frying pan, add about 1 inch of oil. Begin heating the oil on low heat as you prepare and make the batter. Line a large plate, tray or small baking sheet with paper towels to absorb oil from the fried fritters. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) if necessary to complete cooking (see Cook's Tips).

Step 2

Combine flour, cinnamon, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Fold in chopped fruit.

Step 3

Combine milk and egg. Add to flour mixture and fold until dry ingredients are no longer visible. Do not over mix. Add water a tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to form a stiff batter like soft cookie dough.

Step 4

In 350°F (175°C) oil, carefully add heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil. Do not over crowd. Fry about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove fritters using a slotted spoon to drain excess oil and transfer to paper towel lined plate or baking sheet. Repeat with remaining batter.

Step 5

If necessary, bake about 10 minutes to completely cook through. Cool fritters about 5 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar if desired and serve warm.