Yep, that’s right, I’m going to post yet another apple recipe. One would think, since it’s been so long since I last posted, that at this point I would have some new recipe to write about, but instead here’s another recipe that I cooked back in May while I was at home in Kenny Lake, with my mom’s surplus of apples. The truth is, I haven’t cooked a whole lot since being in Kennicott. With the combination of a shared kitchen, an unpredictable schedule and only basic ingredients, I haven’t been too motivated to try much. There was a chipotle sweet potato soup and a rhubarb cake last week, but there are no pictures to accompany the recipes, and since that’s pretty unacceptable, those posts will have to wait.
As I started to write this post though, I realized that this is one of the recipes which I actually could make out here, since only hot oil, instead of an oven, is required. Hmm, now the wheels are turning, because the thought of some of these treats kinda makes my mouth water!
I decided to make these on a morning when my mom was making donuts, so there was already hot oil and her whole dialed in set-up ready for me to waltz right in and experiment. Neither of us had ever had homemade apple fritters before, so we were both curious how they would turn out…. And we (as well as everyone else) were happy! These are low in refined sugar – you could even omit the powdered sugar dusting if you like-, and reasonably healthy, taking into consideration that they are deep fried……. I used my new favorite flour blend of spelt/brown rice/barley to make them gluten-free, and I think I did go ahead and use regular milk in them, but I’m including a coconut milk substitution for making them dairy free. Besides the frying process, these are pretty quick and easy, and well worth any extra effort!
(I honestly don’t remember how many it made!!!! oops!!!!)
1 cup whole wheat flour, or for gluten-free, use equal parts spelt, brown rice and barley
2 Tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk, or 1/4 cup coconut milk plus 1/4 cup water
2 apples, chopped (you could peel them, I guess, but I didn’t)
hot oil, for frying
powdered sugar, for dusting
Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir in the milk & egg, just until combined, then fold in the apple chunks. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil on high. The oil is hot enough when a drop of dough floats to the top. Working in batches, carefully add heaping spoonfulls of batter to the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes until brown. Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb extra oil, then to a wire rack to cool briefly. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve warm.