Yes….I know this is supposed to be a healthy time…and it is …sort of…I mean, apples are, and they are the main source of the fritter….so “Tick for Healthy”. The batter is such a light healthy batter, there is not even egg yolk in the batter…just pure egg white…so there is another…so “Tick for Healthy”. This is so ridiculous…here I am trying to convince myself (and you) that this is an all time healthy fritter…Not ! Well I still am going to convince myself that they are not all bad…..in moderation !!! The cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties plus I am sure a lot more … so “Tick for Healthy” 🙂 Okay, so maybe the sugar is a no no… and maybe …well, of course the caramel sauce is a no no…. but in my defense, I don’t have much sugar, I don’t drink tea or coffee, and when I did, I never had sugar, so the odd little sugar intake here and there with nice things, should be okay…in moderation !!!. Man, I am rambling today…okay I will stop…. The point of the matter is these are good, and really should be made, like today !
These little gems I made over the holiday’s. They were super easy to make and the family loved them, to the extent the one day, I practically spent my time making more and more for everyone, whilst they sat down and ate them like normal human beings…me on the other hand, stood standing on one leg, propped up by the other leg (like a flamingo, my mom always said that when I stood like that)… constantly peeling and coring apples and frying these little babies and dunking them in the cinnamon sugar for everyone to eat! . The odd one here and there found my mouth with delight, and I must say the caramelized sauce really did these fritters justice.
I am not a lover of frying, but I used minimal oil to make these, and just topped up when necessary. (I wonder how coconut oil would work ?…hmmmm, could be a slightly healthier way….will try next time…maybe 🙂)
Oh and yes, the kitchen paper I had placed on a plate to absorb any fats from the fritters, found its way too close to the gas flame and…..well need I say more…So when this all happened, I say, “oops fire”, and the hubby bolts up to help, and what does he do? He blows furiously at the flames, only to have now black ashes EVERYWHERE !!! Bearing in mind I had fritter batter, sliced apples, cinnamon sugar and caramel sauce by the stove….Again, I will say no more 🙂 except…Thanks hubby for the help 🙂 no, seriously, thanks 🙂 .
Anyway, these are a must to do. Great little breakfast, teatime snack attack or an anytime snack attack ….
Apple Fritters Coated with Cinnamon Sugar and Caramelized Sauce
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 – 60 minutes (depending on quantity)
For the Fritters:
6 large apples (I used 10 medium sized apples to use up all the batter)
250 millilitres (250 grams ) cake wheat flour
250 millilitres (250 grams) water
1 jumbo sized free range egg, separated. We only use the actual egg white.
a pinch of salt
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of vanilla extract
vegetable oil for frying
For the Caramel Sauce:
250 millilitres (250 grams) brown sugar
250 millilitres (250 grams) fresh cream
For the Cinnamon Sugar
125 millilitres (250 grams) of castor sugar
15 millilitres (3 teaspoons) of ground cinnamon
For the Caramel Sauce:
Using a small pot, add the cream and sugar together. Heat this on a low temperature, and stir continuously until the sugar dissolves completely. Then allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or so until the sauce begins to thicken slightly. Set the small pot aside and allow the sauce to cool.
For the Cinnamon Sugar:
In a shallow bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar together. Set aside.
For the fritters:
In a dish, add the water, egg white and vanilla extract and set aside.
Peel the apples and place in a bowl of water to prevent the apples discolouring.
Cut the apples into 1 cm thick rings, and core with a corer or a knife. Place the cored apples back into the water, until required.
In a medium sized bowl, add the cake wheat flour and the salt. Make a well in the middle and add the egg white, water and extract wet mixture. Mix well together until a smooth batter forms.
In a medium sized pan, heat up some vegetable oil. (You can deep fry if you want) Take some apple rings from the water and drain on paper towel. Then dip the apple rings into the smooth batter until well coated. Place in the heated oil and allow to fry until a nice golden brown. Watch carefully as they can burn so quickly.
Once a nice golden brown, take out from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on clean dry paper towel to drain any excess oil.
Roll the fritter into the cinnamon sugar, and coat well.
If possible serve immediately, or place in a slightly heated warmer.
Repeat this method in batches until all the apples are done, or in my case do more apples until all the batter is used up 🙂
NB* I ended up having extra batter, so did extra apples to use up all the batter.
- I also ended up having a fair amount of cinnamon sugar left after doing all the apples, but that can be stored in an airtight container and used on pancakes 🙂