Whenever I cook these apple fritters (or back home they are called ‘Apple Coronas’), I always think of My Grandma, it always brings a smile to my face and the happy memories. When it was an apple season, she would make them almost every day (obviously, by a popular demand) and it is a favourite of my grand dad too, so you had to be quick to get the best ones and they, normally, never reached the table and were eaten straight away, still hot, on their way from the pan to the plate, with chilled glass of fresh milk.
150g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
50g caster sugar
20g butter, melted & cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 apples, sliced into thin rings and remove the cores
icing sugar for dusting
Plus butter for frying
1. Mix together flour, soda, salt and sugar in a bawl and leave it aside. Then in a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients (buttermilk, melted butter, egg, vanilla extract. Then add wet mixture into dry one and stir just until it forms a batter, then leave it to sit for 5 minutes. Batter should be quite thick consistency in order to ‘stick’ to the apple slices eventually.
2. Slice the apples into rings, removing the cores carefully. Heat a non-stick pan with some butter over a moderate heat. Then dunk each slice into the batter and carefully place them onto the pan, leaving a bit space between them, as the fritters will spread a little. (Alternatively, you can spoon a little batter on a pan first, then place a slice of apple, then cover with drop of batter on top. Im sure by one way or another you will get the hang of it.) Give it a few minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. They won’t be even, but there is a charm in it. Perhaps that’s why they called ‘Coronas’, because they are golden colou with the bits sticking out every way 🙂 Also, keep an eye on a heat and the butter, otherwise they can burn quickly.
3. When the fritter are evenly cooked and golden brown, remove them on the plate and dust generously with the icing sugar. Continue making with the rest of the apples and batter the same way.