Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton

Apple Fritters

The Hanukkah tradition of frying in oil is considered the culinary equivalent of lighting a menorah. A deep-fat thermometer is an essential tool for deep-frying; check that your oil returns to 375 degrees F between batches; this prevents the food from absorbing it.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 32 fritters
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Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup cold beer (not dark)

10 cups vegetable oil

2 apples (1 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt, then add beer, and whisk to combine. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot until the thermometer registers 375 degrees F.
  2. Dip apple slices in batter, shaking off excess, and fry, about 8 at a time, until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Transfer fritters with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve warm, dusted with confectioners' sugar.

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