Apple Fritters and Toffee Adventures [RECIPE]

Good Afternoon Everyone!

A very happy Thursday to you! Wow, today is a great day! I’m sitting here with all of the windows open. It’s a gorgeous 81 degrees outside and the sky is completely clear. Spring has finally arrived and the warm weather is here. I am sooo happy. It’s funny, every time the weather starts to get warm I get “the itch” to bake. Mr. Noob Chef always teases me that I do most of my baking in the summer rather than the winter and he’s probably right. Today I have a silly story to share with you about our latest Noob cooking adventure: candy. First let me say that I tip my chef’s hat to each and every one of you who has successfully made any kind of candy. I had no idea that it was such a precise type of baking.

You have to measure everything just so, but that is only half of the battle. Then while you’re cooking you need to use a candy thermometer to make sure your temperature doesn’t get too high or low so that the sugar crystallizes, etc. etc. etc. Yeah… that is way too precise for my style of cooking. But I only learned that I am not a candy confection-maker by having this recent toffee blunder.

Let’s rewind to last night. I had planned on making Glorias, a Mexican caramel-milk pecan candy, after seeing the recipe in a cookbook I checked out from the library. The recipe called for goat’s milk which I was also unfamiliar with. After purchasing all of the ingredients I stuck them in the fridge and went about my day. After a dental appointment my mouth was sore and I felt tired, but that pesky goat’s milk had to be used up (according to the expiration date) so.. I batted my eyes at Mr. Noob Chef and watched him head into the kitchen to make these candies.

Now let’s pause a moment. To be fair, Mr. Noob Chef doesn’t really cook. He can fry like nobody’s business, and for some godly reason he can wrap a sushi roll far better then I will ever be able to. But when it comes to real, intense cooking… he leaves that to me. So this was the equivalent of me throwing him into the deep end of the pool and saying, “Good luck!”. Or, (if you’re watching “The Great British Bake Off” on Netflix), this is like me standing next to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and saying, “show me that showstopper! You have 4 hours… ready.. set.. BAKE!”.

He was a fish out of water. Did he burn the sugar? Nope. Did he use a thermometer to try and keep that temperature stable? Yes. But… sadly these candies didn’t really turn out like a candy. Instead they turned into a “glorious” pecan-caramel sauce. (Did you see what I did there? 😉 lol. But yes, it tastes incredible. So good in fact, that I couldn’t bear to toss it just because it didn’t freeze into a candy consistency. So… I decided to bake it into an apple pie! Points for creativity, no? So stay tuned for that recipe coming up tomorrow!

In the meantime, let’s talk apple fritters.

Way back at the beginning of this blog I made apple fritters. Back then I cut the apples into large chunks and tossed them into the batter to deep fry. I don’t know why, but as I was browsing through the archives the other day I came across that recipe and frowned. I knew I could perfect it with a few of my own twists. So I set to work in the kitchen and out came these delicious, apple fritter patties. So whether you like it the old way or this new one, I hope you give these recipes a try. Bake them up and let me know what you think! 🙂 I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking ❤

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Easy Apple Fritters

Yields: 12 fritters

Ingredients: 

  • 4 apples, diced in a food processor
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cinnamon and sugar, mixed to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Cut the apples into chunks and pulse in a food processor until diced thinly. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and sugar.
  3. In two mixing bowls, crack the eggs and separate into bowls.
  4. Mix the egg yolks with milk and apple butter.
  5. Whisk the egg whites separately until stiff peaks form.
  6. Add the egg yolk mixture into the dry ingredients and fold through until thoroughly combined.
  7. Fold in the egg whites and mix to combine.
  8. Add oil to a deep skillet and drop in 2 tbsp. worth of apple batter per patty. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until deep golden.
  9. Remove to a plate and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture on top. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

 

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