Date Posted: 8/9/2005
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp sugar (or Splenda) (optional)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
spices (optional): cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, ground cloves (1/8 tsp of each)..
vegetable oil for frying (two cups or so)
FILLINGS (one cup of fillings for measurements above--double or triple recipe if you need more made):
Apples (peeled, seeded, and chopped. I chop up and sprinkle with cinnamon or other spices and sugar and mix up before adding to batter) or Pineapple cubes, Sliced bananas, Peaches, Blueberries.
Mix up all ingredients into a thick batter-- you want it to be thick enough to cling to fruit or fillings..
Heat up vegetable oil until very hot---sprinkle a couple drops of water on the oil and if it sizzles and pops it's ready to go.
Stir about 1 cup of chopped apples (or other fillings) into fritter batter. Drop by BIG or small spoonfuls into hot oil (whatever you prefer).. if you have an ice cream scoop those work well for larger portions. Fry until completely cooked and dark brown, about 5 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels.
ENJOY! (drizzle with powdered sugar/water glaze if preferred)
*For a twist, omit the sugar, vanilla, and sweet spices and add savory fillings such as: cubed cooked ham, cubed chicken, chopped cooked shrimp, crumbled bacon, etc. (cold cubed cheese may be added with meat fillings (or just by itself) also but make sure oil is very hot so the outside crust gets done first and keeps the cheese within). May also add savory seasonings such as old bay (for shrimp), paprika, taco seasonings--experiment depending on your fillings!
This is an OLD family recipe and I've been making them since I was small. A quick fritter if you don't have the time to do a yeast version.