Sesame Fruit Fritters

    7 min

    Crisp and crunchy outside and fabulously juicy in the middle, these fruit fritters are a quick sweet for children, or remember them for an impromptu dessert to follow a Chinese-style meal. Delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 227g can pineapple slices in light syrup (4 slices)
    • 2 tbsp caster sugar
    • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
    • 80g self-raising flour
    • sunflower oil, for shallow frying

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:2min  ›  Ready in:7min 

    1. Prepare the fruit: Drain the pineapple slices in a sieve over a measuring jug, reserving the syrup. Put a double-thick piece of kitchen paper on a plate and lay the pineapple slices on it. Cover with more kitchen paper to dry the fruit.
    2. Make the coating: Mix the caster sugar and sesame seeds and put them on a plate ready for coating the cooked fritters.
    3. Make the batter: Make up the syrup from the pineapple to 100ml, if necessary, with a little cold water. Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre, then pour in about half the syrup. Gradually mix the flour and syrup to make a smooth, very thick batter. Add a little more syrup, if necessary, beating to remove any lumps. Then mix in the remaining liquid to make a smooth, thick batter.
    4. Heat the frying oil: Heat about 1cm depth of sunflower oil in a frying pan. Drop a teaspoonful of batter into the oil to check it is hot enough: the batter should immediately sizzle, rise and set, then it should brown in about 30 seconds. Using a draining spoon, remove and discard the piece of batter, or it will burn.
    5. Cook the fritters: Put a pineapple slice in the batter and use a spoon and fork to turn it so that it is well coated all over. Carefully drop the pineapple into the hot oil. Cook for 30-60 seconds, turning the fritter when the bottom edge is bubbly and crisp. If the batter is well browned on the second side but the first side is a little pale, turn the fritter a second time. Cook the fritters in pairs (or all four at once if your pan is large enough).
    6. Add the coating: Drain the fritters using a draining spoon or fish slice, then put on to the sesame sugar. Turn quickly to coat both sides and serve at once.


    *For pineapple, use other canned fruits, such as peach halves. *Or use fresh fruit, and use apple or orange juice to make the batter. To prepare fresh fruit: halve 4 bananas widthways; quarter, peel and core 3 dessert apples; halve and stone 2 nectarines (add them to the pan rounded side down, first).

    …another idea

    Blueberry fritters: Omit the sesame seeds and sugar. Make half the quantity of batter with 40g self-raising flour and 50ml apple juice (instead of the syrup). Add 200g blueberries and stir very lightly. Cook spoonfuls of the mixture, as steps 4 and 5, turning until browned, risen and crisp. Drizzle with a little honey.

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