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Beer Batter Apple Fritters


Step 1

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together beer, eggs, butter, 1 tbsp (15 mL) orange zest, 3 tbsp (45 mL) orange juice and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in apples.
Step 2

Heat a large saucepan filled with 2-in. of oil over medium-high heat until an instant read thermometer reads 375°F (190°C). Working in batches, carefully drop heaping tablespoons of batter into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 min. per side. Using tongs, carefully remove fritters from oil and place on a paper towel–lined plate. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

Crisp apples, like Cortlands, work best for this recipe.

2 cups (500 mL) cake flour 1 cup (250 mL) cornmeal 1/4 cup (60 mL) sugar 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) salt 1 cup (250 mL) de-alcoholized beer 3 eggs (1/4 cup) (60 mL) melted butter 1 orange, zested and juiced 1 tsp (5 ML)vanilla extract 3 Cortland apple, diced canola oil for deep-frying icing sugar for dusting