06 May 2012

Fritelle di Mele (Apple Fritters)


There's always a period for everything and I am a long way off with these treats.  I had been wanting to make some frittele di mele (apple fritters) for a long time but I just kept on passing it up for other things.  They usually appear in winter, most especially in the northern region of Italy, Alto Aldige, the apple region of the country.  Then there's a more specific period.  During the Carnevale (Carnival or Mardi Gras).  Now, can you see how far off I am from its period?   Let's just pretend it's February.


But it's a snack for the kids (and adults) so I don't follow any calendar and hey, there's no age limit either.  My husband and I eat these more than the kids.  If you smell these goodies while cooking, it's an open invitation to everyone within a kilometer.  The sweet sugary scent with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon just makes anyone knock on the door.  


When I am off-season with what I am cooking or eating, an episode in my life crosses my memory.  

I was finishing a modest plate of spring salad in an outdoor bar/gastronomia at the center of Rome when I had a sudden craving for a cup of hot chocolate.  The more I waited for the waiter, the more I was convinced that I wanted it.  So when the waiter finally arrived and asked what else we wanted, I immediately declared my hot chocolate order.


The waiter gave me a full 5-second stare and seriously told me that after the healthy spring salad I had, I can't possibly want a cup of hot chocolate!  Uhhmmm, I understand it wasn't winter anymore but.....  The idea died in my mouth.   True to his word, the waiter really didn't give me my hot chocolate. 


These fritellle are best enjoyed as soon as they are cooked but give some time for the apples to cool a bit before biting because they can burn.  I am not into deep frying so much but these apples are a pleasure to cook  because of the sweet smell that permeates the house.   It reminds me of being in an amusement park. 


This is a fairly easy snack that everyone will definitely enjoy.  This batch I cooked extended its way to my husband's and my early dinner after the kids went away and played.  Alone time.  It was like an imaginary date in an amusement park.

Buona Domenica!  Have a good Sunday! 


Fritelle di Mele (Apple Fritters)

Ingredients:
Serves 4

  • 3 Golden or Renette apples (I used Golden.)
  • 150 g. flour
  • 200 ml. milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 20 g. sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder or liquid
  • sugar for sprinkling and coating apples
  • cinnamon powder (optional)
  • oil for deep frying (I used peanut oil.)

  1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk, salt, vanilla and sifted flour.  Whisk until the batter becomes smooth and dense.  Cover and let it rest for half an hour.
  2. In another bowl, whisk egg whites and 20 g. sugar until stiff.
  3. Add egg white mixture to the egg yolk mixture using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. 
  4. Meanwhile, peel and core apples.  Slice apples.  Coat both sides of apple slices with sugar.  
  5. Prepare a saucepan with abundant oil for deep frying.  
  6. When the oil is hot, (ideal temperature is between 170 - 180 degrees Celcius), dip apples in the batter one by one and drop them in the oil.  One way to check if the oil is hot enough is to dip a wooden skewer in the middle of the oil.  If tiny bubbles come out along the stick, then it's ready.  Don't overcrowd them in the saucepan and make sure they don't stick to each other.  Brown both sides.
  7. Transfer them to a plate covered with kitchen paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon powder.  Serve hot. 







30 comments:

  1. OMG....te han quedado hermosos y deliciosos ,lucen tentadores para acompañar un café ,soy fan de las manzanas sieMpre hago buñuelos es una idea casera estupenda,abrazos hugs,hugts.

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    1. Rosita, estoy de acuerdo. Gracias y abrazos!

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  2. I love apple fritters so much and yours look perfect - divine :D
    And perfect for breakfast :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks! I never tried them for breakfast but I sure like the idea. It's just too much work after waking up. :-)

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  3. I can practically smell these fritelle di mele through the screen! What's not to love about cinnamon and sugar?

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    1. Cinnamon and sugar together work wonderfully together, don't they?

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  4. Oh, who cares about the seasons! I'll eat these ANYTIME! I love fritters and these turned out heavenly! Would like to try your recipe. I usually grate the apples and mix in with the batter. But this way is much better - you can taste AND see the apples!

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    1. There are just some food that don't follow seasons and periods. I agree with you!

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  5. I've never seen anything like that. Yummy! I've only had apple fritters that are mostly dough and just a little apple but these look even better. And the waiter's comment made me laugh. Hot chocolate is great at any time. :)

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    1. Yes, that waiter was pretty forward. He didn't want to me to have something heavy after a good salad. :-) I love these apple fritters. It's a recipe for kids here but we adults love them too!

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  6. I love this idea..what a great treat! Love the way you made them!

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  7. What a fabulous idea! My hubby's favorite thing on earth is apple fritters. I need to make these ASAP! I would want to sprinkle a ton of cinnamon and sugar all over these and devour! Delish!!!

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    1. I hope your hubby enjoys them Lisa. My hubby and I did so much. Being a cinnamon lover, I sprinkle really a lot of cinnamon on mine. Thanks!

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  8. I need to try this one. It looks really good! My kids love apples but never thought of making apple fritters! Happy you pretended it's February to share this recipe. :-)

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    1. Oh, I think your kids would enjoy them Nami. All kids do! Thanks!

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  9. I love how something so simple can be so stunning - and utterly delicious!

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  10. What a fun snack for the kids and adults! They look beautiful too!

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  11. I have never enjoyed an apple fritter before- these look so amazing.

    This recipe has been book marked to use during our apple season in september - I really wish it was sooner than that!

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    1. You can also try it sooner than September. That's a long time from now!

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  12. Oh how yummy looking these apple fritters are! I think they would be pulling me in whatever season it is too. Thanks for sharing them with us and beautiful photos.

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    1. These fritters don't follow any season at home. Thanks!

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  13. I don't think I've ever had an apple fritter before and now I feel like I've been missing out! I'd happily pretend it's February all year if I can have these.

    Your story reminded me of a similar experience. I was visiting the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily a few years back--it was a beach vacation. Summer or winter, I always enjoy a cup of hot tea. Well, when I ordered it, the waitress and a couple of other patrons looked at me like I was crazy. Actually, the waitress repeated my order as if she wanted to make sure I knew what I just said. Too funny! She did give it to me but not without a shake of her head as she walked away. :)

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    1. And I'm sure while she was shaking her head, she was saying to herself, "Queste americane." (These Americans!) Haha! They give up on the eating habits of Americans. No offense there.

      These fritters don't follow any season at home. Love them!

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  14. I can only imagine how delicious your house must have smelled! Wow!

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  15. what a beautiful mouth watering snack. Found it on FB and had to come at see it for my self :)

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