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Apple or Pear Fritter “Doughnuts”

Yields1 Serving

 1-2 tart, firm apples, such as Ambrosias, or ripe but firm pears
Batter
 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
 1/4 cup cornstarch
 1/4 tsp. baking soda
 enough milk or water to make a thin batter
 canola oil, for frying
 powdered sugar, for sprinkling
1

Slice your apples (unpeeled) into rings about 1/4" thick and cut out the cores from the middle, making a ring. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and enough milk or water to make a thin batter – it should have the consistency of thin cream.

2

In a wide pot, heat an inch or two of canola oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. (You’ll know it’s ready when a scrap of bread held into the oil bubbles around it.) Dip a few slices of apple at a time into the batter, coating them completely, then gently slip into the oil. Cook a couple at a time for a minute or two, flipping with tongs as necessary, until golden. (If they are cooking too quickly, turn the heat down – if it’s taking too long, the oil may need to be hotter. Don’t crowd the pot, or it will bring the temperature of the oil down.)

3

Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain. Once cool enough to handle and eat, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.