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Verses from my Kitchen: Sweet Apple and Carrot Latke

December 4, 2010

Sweet Apple and Carrot Latke

I was left to my own devices this morning. My wife was up early and off to a blowout holiday makeup sale just outside Toronto with a friend. The things we do for the things we love. After I waved goodbye I headed to the kitchen. There was a bit of work to be done.  No, really. I tidied up, emptied the dishwasher and quickly realized how hungry I was. I think it was the pangs that did it.

I've made potato fritters countless times before. This time, however, I needed to indulge and satisfy that sweet tooth craving. I thought of the perfect combination of ingredients and flavours that would do the trick. It was so simple I'm baffled as to why I didn't do this before.  A bit sweet and savoury. All delicious.

This was sweet enough to pull off as a dessert but it would work really well as a brunch item.  Either way, I had it for breakfast and it was exactly what I needed. It had great texture, great flavour and a killer aroma. If my wife wasn't in the Christmas spirit before she left she sure will be when she walks in the house. It smells like the holidays in here!

Sweet Apple and Carrot Latke

The Goods:
4 large carrots, peeled and grated
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated
1 small onion, grated
1 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 lg. egg
sea salt and cracked pepper
2 tbsp. creme fraiche (sour cream will suffice), garnish
1 tsp. cinnamon, garnish
oil, for frying


1. First, add carrots to boiling water until softened, about 5 minutes

2. In a large bowl, combine grated apples, onion and carrots. Add the egg, cinnamon and season. Stir well to combine.

3. Combine oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter and place in the pan. Flatten with a spatula to about 1/2" thickness. Repeat with more latkes in the pan without crowding.  Cook for 4-6 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Flip and repeat.

4. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining batter.

5. Plate the latkes and garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche and a pinch of cinnamon.

Sweet Apple and Carrot Latkes with Creme Fraiche and Cinnamon

(Sorry for the image quality, it was taken on my Iphone)

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    At December 5, 2010 at 7:45 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

    Love the idea of a sweet latke as dessert or brunch! Yum.

    At December 5, 2010 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Mardi Michels said...

    What a fab take on latkes - I never even thought of making them with carrots but they are so pretty!

    At December 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

    Carolyn, it's just the right about of sweetness to go both ways. Thanks for the comment!

    At December 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

    Thank you Mardi. The carrot gave the latke the right bit of texture and luckily, worked well. Thanks for visiting!

    At December 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Cristina {Teenie Cakes} said...

    Mmmmm. These sweet apple and carrot latkes look and sound so good. It could be a side or a main...perfect for brunches too. Great idea and I really like the addition of carrots.

    At December 6, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

    Thank you Cristina! I've wrestled regular potato latkes in as a side. I'm sure these would work just as well. I appreciate you stopping in.

    At December 7, 2010 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Tes said...

    What an exciting combo! I love apple and carrot. This sounds so yummy and easy to make :)

    At December 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

    Thank you Tes. Definitely easy to make and the apple/carrot ended up working well. Thanks!


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