Bing Cherry Fritters (07.24.12)

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by Jennifer Burns, Dan’s Market

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups Bing cherries, pitted
  • Oil for frying
  • Sifted confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Add the milk, egg yolks, oil and lemon juice and beat until smooth.

In a large bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form, then gently fold them into the batter. Fold in the pitted cherries.

In a deep frying or saucepan, heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees F. Drop a few tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil and fry for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a very low oven. Repeat until all the batter is cooked. Top with confectioners’ sugar. Serve with Cherry Dipping Sauce.

Cherry Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10-12 bing cherries, pitted and diced

Mix all the ingredient together in a bowl. (Note: for a fluffier version, mix the cream until soft peaks; combine the remaining ingredients.)

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