Scopri

Apple Fritters

Difficulty: easy

Method: 15'

Cooking: 10'

Difficulty: easy

Method: 15'

Cooking: 10'

Difficulty: easy

Method: 15'

Cooking: 10'

Difficulty: easy

Method: 15'

Cooking: 10'

They say that scents are the strongest and most direct contact with our memories: nothing could be truer for me, especially when I smell the scent of apple fritters!

For me, the most extraordinary thing about this preparation is that my grandmother used to make them “as a surprise”. Not on Sundays, not on holidays, not for birthdays, but simply when she wanted to give me and my cousins something nice. After school we all met at her house, more or less at the same time, and it was enough to cross the threshold of the building to know that our grandmother had made apple fritters!

We also used to buy them at village festivals, but we knew that we would be disappointed because grandmother’s apple fritters were absolutely inimitable!

She used to call them “apple clouds”, because her magic was precisely being able to make them very soft. To those who asked her how she managed to make them like that, she used to say that it was thanks to happy thoughts. I think this was true, because my grandmother used to always sing when she cooked, but perhaps that pinch of yeast she put in the mixture also helped!

When she could find them, she preferred to use Renetta apples, which are sweet but also have that hint of sourness that goes perfectly with fried food! If she used Golden apples instead, which are a little sweeter, then she would slightly decrease the amount of sugar she used.

I never decided if they were better eaten hot, almost burning myself, or left to cool. I only know that my happiest memories are those of my grandmother’s “apple clouds”!

Method

  1. 01 /

    Wash apples well and remove cores while keeping them whole. Cut into rounds and put in a bowl. Be sure not to prepare them too far in advance in order to avoid the apple changing colour.

  2. 02 /

    Separate yolk from egg white. Whip egg white until stiff and set aside.

  3. 03 /

    In a bowl, combine yolk with sugar and mix well. Next add milk, flour, and baking powder (if using), making sure no lumps form. Then fold in whipped egg white, incorporating gently. Let batter rest for about ten minutes.

  4. 04 /

    Pour peanut oil into a high-sided pan and bring to a temperature of 190 °C.

  5. 05 /

    Dip apple rounds in batter, letting excess drip off, and then fry them in the boiling oil. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until swollen and golden. Drain and place on a sheet of absorbent paper. Dust fritters with icing sugar and serve hot.

Although Renetta and Golden apples are most often used for fritters, you are free to choose whichever variety you prefer.

Ingredients for 4 people

3 apples

120 g tipo 00 flour

120 ml milk

1 egg

1 tbsp sugar

2 L peanut oil

Icing sugar, to taste

1 tsp baking powder (optional)

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