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Strawberry Fritters for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Fritters for Valentine's Day

The crisp fatty dough is heavily scented with vanilla and the strawberry is warm, but not cooked, so still very fresh in flavour and texture which makes the first bite an unexpected pleasure. Every bite after that is simply sinful indulgence. (The fresh strawberry inside offers the devious idea that these are actually "good for you".)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Valerie Lugonja

Ingredients

  • 1 quart strawberries , cleaned (not hulled)
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Icing sugar , for dusting

Instructions

  1. Ensure strawberries are completely chilled (these are not hulled as the batter gets inside the hull and tends not to cook there)
  2. Whisk together egg and milk; add sugar, butter, lemon zest, vanilla extract and almond extract, Whisk until well combined
  3. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt; whisk until you have a smooth, thick batter.
  4. In a deep, heavy pot, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 375F (or use a deep fryer)
  5. Working in batches of 4-6 fritters, spear a strawberry with skewer, dip into batter to coat completely
  6. Drop battered strawberry into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes, turning once to ensure all sizes are golden
  7. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels, to drain excess fat
  8. Dust fritters generously with powdered sugar, and serve immediately

Recipe Notes

Make only as many as you can eat; they do not keep