Hello, everyone. First off, I'd like to thank all of you who participated in this week's Vingle Election. We couldn't have done it without your support, and I hope that pizza rains down on you and your loved ones in the next coming days.
Secondly, as promised during our campaign, I am posting the official recipe to my homemade apple fritters - also known as Apple Critters because inanimate objects are more exciting when you picture them with many legs and ferocious flesh-tearing teeth.
Anyway, let's begin, shall we?
Here are the ingredients that you will need.
(Note: If you're vegan, substitute the egg for 1 tablespoon of ground flax. If you're looking for gluten-free fritters, here's a nifty cake flour substitute recipe that I found on the Google.)
1 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup tart baking apples, peeled and chopped (I recommend Honeycrisp, but Granny Smith apples work too.)
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Okay, so here it goes.
First, you're going to combine all the dry stuff - your cake flour, your sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then in another bowl, you're going to combine all your wet ingredients - the egg, the milk, the butter, and vanilla. Once the ingredients of both are fully mixed, you're going to marry the wet contents into the dry contents.
Now that the wet ingredients have moved into the dry ingredients' pad, they're going to have to figure out what kind of life the two want to have together. Since this is a fritter recipe, they're probably going to decide it's time to welcome apples into the family. Set them up an apple shower registry at your local Target, and then fold the peeled and chopped apples into the batter. (Do not overmix!)
Next, pour about an inch of oil into a deep saute pan, turn the heat on to about a medium-high, and wait for the oil to reach about 360F. (I remember one time, my sister told me the best way to figure out if your oil is 'fry ready' is to dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil and see if it bubbles. This also probably makes the end of your wooden spoon more delicious, but I've never tried it out myself.)
Finally, drop heaps of the batter into the oil, about one generous tablespoon at a time to create the fritters. When one side is golden brown enough, be sure to flip it over to make sure both sides get enough crispy-delicious love. The whole process should take about 4 - 5 minutes per 'heap'.
Allow the donuts to drain on a paper towel, sprinkle some powered sugar on top, and your apple critters should be about done. (Just make sure not to get them wet or feed them after midnight. I've heard dangerous things could happen.)