Lager-Battered Apple Fritters with Five-Spice Sugar

Recipe by Laraine Perri

Serves: makes about 18 fritters

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Blue Point Toasted Lager, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced in 1/3-inch rings
  • peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder

Instructions:

1. Combine the flour, cornstarch, 3 tablespoons sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.
2. Combine the beer, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined, taking care not to overmix. Set aside 30 minutes.
3. Pour the oil to a depth of 2 inches in a high-sided skillet. Heat over medium-high heat to 365 degrees F (if you don’t have a deep-fry thermometer, test the oil with the handle of a wooden spoon; bubbles will form around the stick when the oil is ready).
4. Coat about 6 apple slices at a time in batter, and carefully drop into oil. Fry, turning once, until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining apples, discarding any brown bits in the oil between batches.
5. Combine the remaining ½ cup sugar and five-spice powder in a medium bowl. Toss fritters in spiced sugar. Serve warm.