Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pear fritters

Pear fritters / Bolinhos de chuva com pêra

I find her exaggerated, bizarre and creepy, but have to admit it: whoever chose her stage name had a brilliant idea. :)

Here’s another brilliant idea: involving fruit slices in batter, frying them and then dusting with cinnamon sugar. Yum!

Pears were delicious, and I’m guessing apples would be wonderful, too – you can find the original recipe here, but I’ve adapted it to avoid having too much batter left. If there’s some, fry in small portions, by spoonfuls, and dust in cinnamon sugar as well:

Pear fritters / Bolinhos de chuva com pêra

Pear fritters
from Donna Hay magazine

1 cup (200g) caster sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150g) self-rising flour
1 egg
2/3 cup (160ml) milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra
vegetable oil, for deep frying
2 Williams' pears, thinly sliced, seeds removed
all-purpose flour, for dusting

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
Place the flour, egg, milk, vanilla and extra sugar in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat until hot. Dust the pear slices with plain flour and dip in the batter – you might want to use the back of a spoon to make sure the batter sticks to the pear slices. Deep-fry, in batches, for 2–3 minutes or until golden and crisp on both sides. Remove from the oil and place over some paper towels to remove excess oil.
Toss the hot pear fritters in the cinnamon sugar to coat and serve.

Makes about 20


Jane said...

Patricia, these look fantastic. I was just reading a Donna Hay book recently and considering trying this or that, but I waited too long and just ended up having to return that book to the library! Your fritters, though, look so deliciously yummy, I really think I must try this recipe. Gorgeous post, as always!

:) Jane

lululu said...

Wonderful sweet treat!
I think it goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream when it's hot hot hot!

Mimi said...

Move over apple fritters! What a great idea to use pears, they look delicious and I can only imagine how fabulous they taste.

pam said...

Great flow from Lady GaGA to pear fritters!

Lizzie said...

both lady gaga and these pear fritters make me want to dance! hahah sorry....i've got a bad sense of humor. but seriously, i'm drooling--these look fab!

Anonymous said...

Wow - these look amazing! Thank you for posting!

janelle said...

YUM! I need to make these for the holiday season!!

Carly said...

I'm in love! These fritters look gorgeousssss

Q. said...

Love the idea of using pear instead of apple. Fruit + batter + deep frying. Hard to go wrong. They look sinfully delicious.

Pei-Lin said...

I would've never thought of having pears deep-fried for fritters!! This is really interesting!

Cheers from Malaysia,

Barbara said...

Why not? We are so used to apple fritters and yet I really like pears better, don't you? Clever you to think of this, Patricia!

Anonymous said...

These look gorgeously delicious!!

Katie said...

Yum yum yum yum yum they look so delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Jane, thank you! Donna has extraordinary recipes, I'm a huge fan. I hope you like the recipe!

Lu, thank you - and that sounds like a wonderful idea!

Mimi, I have got to try them with apples, now, too.
Thank you!

Pam, tks, darling!

Lizzie, you are right - "just dance"! ;)

Alicia, thank you!

Janelle, thank you for stopping by!

Carly, thank you for visiting!

Q., thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you like the fritters.

Pei-Lin, thank you for commenting! I was pretty curious when I saw the recipe on the magazine.

Barbara, I'm a sucker for all things pear - hope you like these, darling!

Cookbook Apprentice, thank you for visiting!

Katie, thank you!

anna said...

These are so cute!

Alexa said...

Patricia, what a great recipe! I've had apple fritters but not pear ones. I bet the pronounced flavor of the pear is just super yummy here. I'm inspired!

Helene said...

Well, I am gaga for your fritters! I love this way with bananas and apples but pear are perfect for this too!

Taranii said...

Yum, I've never had pear or apple fritters before but these look delicious! I'll have to make them sometime!

Abby said...

ANYTHING fried and sprinkled with sugar works for me! Plus I love pears so this is a win-win!

(So. My best friend's little brother is married to Lady G's first cousin, Jenny. It's crazy how alike the girls look! That's the closest to fame I'll ever get!)

White Trash Living said...


Patricia Scarpin said...

Anna, thank you!

Alexa, I have got to try apple fritters now. ;)
Thank you!

Helen, you are far too kind, sweetie! Tks!

Taz, thank you! I hope you like the recipe.

Abby, I have got to agree with you on that. As for L. Gaga - she would be pretty if she wasn't that crazy. :)
Tks, darling!

White..., tks!

tasteofbeirut said...

Mmm! Anything that is deep-fried and involving a fruit and a batter got my attention!
Happy new year!

Michael C. Reilly said...

Just made these with some pears on the verge of being overripe. They were excellent! For sweet fruits, I'd probably leave out the sugar in the batter, but other than that, it worked great.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Michael - I'm so glad to hear the recipe worked for you! Thank you for letting me know!

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