Apples are a very popular fruit grown in Trentino Alto Adige, near where I grew up in the North of Italy, bordering Austria and Switzerland. With many varieties of regional apples flourishing, Apple Fritters are a very typical and traditional dish of this area. In South Tyrol, these pancakes are served as an accompaniment to pork and savory dishes and are loved by both children and adults. Apple Fritters are delicious either hot or cold and are made quite easily with a few every day ingredients: flour, milk, eggs, sugar and apples.
- Peel and core apples and cut into slices.
- In a medium bowl, beat together flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt and egg yolk.
- Add milk slowly and mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whip the egg white until stiff. Add it to the batter. Mix until combined.
- Dip the apple slices in the batter.
- Carefully add them to the hot oil (190°C/370°F).
- Turn them over when golden brown.
- Drain well and sprinkle with confectionary sugar.