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Apple fritters with cinnamon sugar
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3 royal gala apples, peeled and cut into 1.5cm pieces
50g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
About 1.5 litres sunflower oil, for deep frying
100g self-raising flour
20g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 orange (scrubbed), zest
1 large egg, lightly beaten
60ml whole milk
1. In a large bowl, mix together all the batter ingredients with a pinch of salt, then fold in the apples. In a shallow, wide bowl or tray, combine the sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Pour sunflower oil into a deep pan until it’s a bit under halfway full, then heat until the oil reaches about 170ºC on a sugar thermometer or a piece of bread sizzles in 15 seconds.
2. Use two spoons to scoop up 3-4 pieces of apple lightly coated in batter and carefully lower into the hot oil (don’t add too much batter with the apples or the fritters will be soggy). Cook for 2-3 minutes until deep golden, turning over with a slotted spoon halfway through. Take out and drain with the slotted spoon; blot on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
3. Repeat with the remaining apple mixture, keeping the oil temperature at 170°C. While the fritters are still warm, roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Serve straightaway on their own or with some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, if liked.
Typical values per serving:
V Per serving (for 4) 1605kJ
This recipe was first published in October 2021.