Sunday, November 20, 2005

Deep Fried Apples with Vanilla Ice Cream

This is a great "I can't believe I forgot dessert!" dish for the holidays or just an interesting twist on traditional apple pie. I wanted to create something that would be interesting and good and festive that wouldn't take very long and really could be made with things one normally has around the house especially around Thanksgiving (hence the beer batter!) so it could be whipped up without much fuss.

Serves 8


1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. sugar

2 egg yolks
1/2 t. vanilla
1 12oz. beer (I used Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)

4 apples, peeled (if there is time) and cut into 1 1/2 cm wide slices, sprinkled with lemon juice to keep from browning

vegetable oil (canola or other oil can work too)

powdered sugar
vanilla ice cream
honey (optional)

1. Preheat oven to "warm" and put a plate or baking sheet inside. Put a double layer of paper towels on a separate plate next to the stove.

2. Mix flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar together in a large bowl.

3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Put both egg yolks and the vanilla in the well and pour in a bit of beer. Slowly mix in flour with a fork.

4. Add the rest of the beer and mix everything together with a whisk until the batter is smooth and light.

5. Put 2 to 3 inches of oil in a pot on a burner set on high. Let oil heat up. (You will know the oil is hot enough by dropping in small amounts of batter. If the batter starts frying instantly it is at the right heat. As you continue be sure to remove the small stray bits so they don't burn and make the oil taste bad). When the oil is at the right heat turn the burner down to medium or medium-high.

6. Dip the apple slices in the batter and coat on all sides, then place 3 to 5 at a time in the oil (depending on the size of the pot) with a fork. Be careful not to splash! Let pieces fry until a light golden brown. Then remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels.

7. To keep the slices warm let them drain for a few minutes then transfer to the plate in the oven until they are all finished.

8. When the slices are all finished, sprinkle them with powdered sugar (or regular sugar if you don't have any powdered on hand). Divide among eight individual bowls with vanilla ice cream. Drizzle both with a little honey and enjoy!

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