Fritters are a real crowd-pleaser.
It is carnival in Italy and most diets would have gone out of the window by now.. it is time to gorge on delicious foods again!
I make Italian carnival fritters every year, often with raisins and wheat flour but this year I tried a different version using rice flour, orange and apple which makes them gluten free and really good too. The lightness of the rice flour makes them soft and delicate and the floral notes of the orange makes them so perfumed! I just loved this recipe and my children have already asked for more.
The batter will be quite wet so you will need to use two teaspoons and spoon balls of mixture into the oil.
Some people add a dash of liquor to the recipe which makes the fritters even more perfumed.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
Wash the orange and dry it well with a cloth. Mix the sugar with the eggs and the vanilla essence. Add the sifted rice flour with the baking powder, the zest and the juice of the orange. Mix well.
Peel and slice the apple finely and add it to the mixture. Mix well. If the mixture appears still very watery add an extra tbsp of flour.
Heat a large pan with plenty of oil.
Drop a tiny bit of batter into the oil and if it sizzles then the oil is ready. If you see that it browns too quickly and it starts to burn then you will need to decrease the heat a little.
Using two teaspoons spoon balls of mixture into the oil and cook in batches for 1 or 2 minutes or until golden. Turn them on both sides so they will cook evenly.
Using a slotted spoon drain them on a paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve warm or cold... What a treat!
If you like fritters check out this other version of apple fritters too.