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Verses from my Kitchen: Blueberry Fritters with Powdered Sugar

October 26, 2010

Blueberry Fritters with Powdered Sugar

I have a sweet tooth that pushes and prods me and almost takes my mind hostage until I succumb and give in. Only after I take a bite out of a chocolate cake or eclair or anything sweet and savoury will my sweet tooth rest. I have to be honest and let the truth be known: I love almost anything sweet, sticky and scrumptious. However, the same does not apply to doughnuts. No matter how many times I've tried, I just can't profess to being a big doughnut fan. I don't get any real pleasure from a chocolate dipped or sweet glaze or walnut crunch.

With all that being said there's one variety that, although labelled as such, I see more as a dessert than a doughnut. Maybe it's the size, maybe the texture or maybe it comes down to the shape. Every once in a while I like a fresh and hot fritter on a plate with my favourite knife and fork. I treat it like dessert and respect it as such. Although apple fritters are probably the more well known variety of fritter, I prefer the taste of a Blueberry Fritter with Icing Sugar. Sun-drenched blueberries that offer a burst of flavour and a wee juice explosion.

I know fritters aren't the most appealing option because, let's face it, they aren't very good for you and today people are more concerned than ever about the food they put in their body. It's coated and battered and deep fried.  But the reason I like them more than doughnuts is the fact that the fritter needs a different element besides just the dough itself. And like every other great tasting food available, everything is ok to eat from time to time and in moderation. Sit down and enjoy this with a cup of coffee. Don't inhale the entire batch out of the oven. Two easy requests. Simple enough, no?

This is the recipe to make a batch for your next sweet tooth craving. Think it won't happen? It will.

Blueberry Fritters with Powdered Sugar:

The Goods:
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1-2 cups blueberries
Oil, for frying
Powdered Sugar, for rolling

1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla. Once mixed, add to the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in the blueberries. (Don't worry if some break up)
3. Heat an inch of oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it's 375 degrees. Drop dough 1/2 cup at a time and cook for 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Flip over and cook another 3 minutes.
4. Drain on a paper towel and roll in powdered sugar. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve.

Blueberry Fritters with Powdered Sugar


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