Sunday, December 30, 2012

NYE Dutch Apple Fritters (Appel Beignets)

Mum's Dutch Apple Fritters (Appel Beignets) with icing sugar

This is what you will need:
  • Granny Smith apples 2kg  or as many as you want... each apple makes about 5-6 fritters (or any green, tart, apples) 
  • Crepe batter - ratio - 1 cup plain flour, 1 egg, 1 -1 and1/2 cup water (or milk and water if preferred), pinch salt. The consistency should by fairly thin, but should still coat the apple slices well (Make double quantity if you want to use about 10 apples)
  • Supafry solid white oil for deep frying - 2 pkts  (I have found this oil gives the best results)
  • Sifted icing sugar (soft powdered sugar/confectioner's sugar)
You will also need:
  • Apple corer (available in any supermarket/hardware/kitchen shop for a couple of $s)
  • Bowl with cold water and juice 1/2 lemon
  • Saucepan for frying or deep fryer
  • Absorbent kitchen paper
  • Knife
  • Potato peeler
This is what you do: 
  1. For batter - Sift plain flour into wide jug or bowl and add egg(s) and water or water/milk and whisk well together until mixture is well blended and of a runny consistency to coat the apple slices. (see ratio in ingredient section)
  2. Core, peel and slice apples and place in bowl with water and lemon so they don't go brown before you are ready to use them
  3. Dry apples in a clean tea towel or cloth and add about 5-8 slices to the batter
  4. Heat the oil till very hot...test with a little batter to see how fast it browns. Adjust heat so that the batter doesn't want the apple to be cooked through
  5. When oil is right temperature, add the coated apple slices one by one to the oil...depending on size of pan, about 4-5 at a time. Turn them over half way through browning
  6. Lift out with a fork or tongs, drain in basket and/or place on absorbent kitchen paper towel
  7. Repeat until batter/apples are used up.
To serve:
Sift some icing sugar into a bowl and dip fritters into sugar or sprinkle some over each serving to taste. The sugar adds to the flavour as the apples are quite tart (sour).

ENJOY your Dutch Apple Fritters!
ENJOY your New Year's Eve celebration - I wish you a very happy 2013.

My family's NYE traditions

NYE 2011-2012 Sydney, Australia Fireworks
NYE 2011-2012 Sydney Fireworks
Even though I'm Dutch born, I don't bother much with traditional Dutch food, however...I do like to carry on one family tradition, which is to serve Dutch Croquettes (kroketten) and Apple Fritters (Appel Beignets) on NYE.

My mum would spend most of NYE day in the kitchen, complete with apron and a towel turban around her head ("to keep the oily smell out of my hair " she said) when deep frying the croquettes and fritters. She never made the croquettes and fritters herself in her home country, because in the mid 20th Century many well to do families had live in help. The 'help' would spend days making tubs of fritters and croquettes for our large family and business and household staff.
Here in Brisbane, QLD though, where it's steaming hot at the turn of the year, mum would be perspiring over a very hot stove and feel quite hot and bothered by the time she was finished. After a cool shower she would appear changed and fresh as a daisy, ready to face the evening surrounded by her family and an influx of friends.

Anyway...rave on Tricia...better get those recipes typed up but please be WARNED! This recipe is not for you if you are on a diet, are super health conscious, gluten free, sugar free, fat free etc. This is a 'once a year' recipe which you share with friends and family. It's not a meal, although you can serve the croquettes as a meal with a nice fresh salad and I have done so in the past, but mainly it's a delicious savoury snack to serve in a serviette with a dollop of French mustard and a glass of bubbly of some kind.  I'm not a drinker as such, so a non-alcoholic or soft drink will do quite fine.
Ok, here goes and enjoy these 2 traditional recipes from my mother's recipe book.

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