What will you do when you have green apples and can't be bothered to whipped up apple pie?
On my lazy days... fritters will be the answer... only upon request from either D or E or H, then I would roll up my sleeves and start making apple pie.
I am not keen on deep frying food, first ~ the deep fried food tend to splatter and I have a whole stove to clean plus the floor ... and secondly, its not good for health...
Occasionally... I will not say no to fritters either...
My late father, GOD bless his soul... on his pay day every month, would come home with 2 bags of goodies... 1 bag of banana fritters and 1 mixed bag of sweet potatoes fritters, tapioca fritters and yam fritters. I loved them all. Sometimes he would come home with Goreng Sukun or Breadfruit fritters (seasonal).
The fritters were fried to perfection... golden colour, crunchy on the outside. And I loved the crunchy fried batter too... My siblings and I used to 'fight' over the crunchy loose bits.... until my dad had enough of our 'uncivilised' behaviour... he would asked from the vendors for an extra bags of just the crunchy loose bits .... called kerak in Malay. Kerak ~ 'droplets' or excess batter, that goes into the hot frying oil, hence deep fried along with the fritters.
Then I moved out from my hometown, Alor Setar to Kuala Lumpur, the fritters weren't the same anymore...
What's the secret ingredient in the Batter from Alor Setar?...
Kapur or slaked lime or Calcium Hydroxide is used in the cooking...and that is the secret... click here to find out more.
The price of banana has skyrocket, and sweet potatoes are equally expensive in winter... there's no way that I would buy them now. My alternative is to use Granny Smiths apples, supplies are abundant and much... much cheaper in price ...
And since the batter uses rice flour instead of plain flour.... makes these gorgeous little delights... gluten -free fritters too...
These golden Apple Fritters are excellent as afternoon tea... even in our cold Perth winter
2 Granny Smiths Apples1 cup rice flour1 teaspoon air kapur or slaked lime water1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup water (add 1 tablespoon if it is too thick)juice of 1 lemonoil for deep fryingVanilla IcecreamCrunchy Bar chocolateicing sugarground cinnamon
- Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl of water.
- Peel and slice the granny smith into thick slices. Soak the slices in lemon water for few minutes.
- Mix the rice flour, air kapur or slaked lime water, water and salt into a thick batter.
- Heat up oil to 190C on sugar thermometer.
- Pat dry the apple slices and dip into batter and straight into the smoking hot pot.
- Deep fry until golden in colour
- Dish out onto the kitchen paper.
- To serve ~ Either sprinkle some icing sugar and ground cinnamon or top up with a scoop of store bought Vanilla Icecream and sprinkle some crushed Crunchy Bar.