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Apple Latkes (P, TNT)
Source: Claudia Rosen, "The Book of Jewish Food"
Serves: 4

4 apples, tart or sweet
2 to 3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. brandy or dark rum, or fruit liqueur
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp. light vegetable oil
A good pinch of salt
1 cup flour (150g)
7/8 cup water (200ml)
Vegetable oil for frying, preferably sunflower
Superfine sugar for sprinkling on after serving

Core and peel the apples and cut each into 4 thick slices. Put them in a shallow dish with the sugar and brandy, rum, or liqueur, and turn them so that they are well coated. Leave for at least 1 hour, turning the slices over occasionally, so that they absorb the spirit.

For the batter, beat the yolks with the oil and salt, then stir in the flour and mix well. Now beat in the water gradually and vigorously, squashing any lumps. Leave for an hour, then fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Heat at least 3/4" (2cm) of oil in a large frying pan. Dip the apple slices in the batter--about 5 at a time--making sure that they are well covered with batter. Lift each one out carefully and lower into the hot oil. The oil must be sizzling but not too hot or the fritters will brown before the apple is soft inside.

Fry in batches, and turn the slices over to brown both sides. Lift out with a slotted spatula and drain on kitchen paper before serving. Pass the superfine sugar for everyone to sprinkle on.

Variations: You may use beer or milk instead of water for the batter. Pass powdered cinnamon and sugar around for people to sprinkle on.

Poster's Notes:
I was looking for something to make for Hanukkah tonight and came across this recipe. The batter on the apples turned out so light and crunchy, what a delight! I started the recipe before dinner and let it sit while we ate so it would be ready to finish after dinner.

We used Splenda to dust them instead of superfine sugar. It didn't make this a diet food, but we felt we weren't cheating so much on our South Beach diet. We also used a little cinnamon on some of them and that was very good.

Posted by Walter Horowitz

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A