Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Pineapple Fritters with Lemon & Chilli Syrup


Pineapple fritters have always been a must order for me from a Chinese takeaway. However, they are incredibly easy to make at home yourself. This recipe give a little twist on them which is absolutely moreish!

Combining pineapple with spices is always delicious. This recipe combines fresh chilli, ginger and lemon. It doesn't have to stop there, though - vanilla, lime leaf and lemongrass work great as well as star anise.

I love this recipe, the syrup fills the missing flavour profile. You get that fresh lemon taste followed by the depth of the chilli, adding to that superb pineapple taste. If you have the opportunity to use fresh pineapple it's a must, you will notice the difference!
Recipe

Ingredients:

1 fresh pineapple or tinned
100ml water
70g plain flour
2 eggs
50g melted butter
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Start by making the lemon and chilli syrup. Follow the link to the recipe.
  • Once syrup is made prepare the pineapple. Remove the top and bottom and peel with a knife. Cut into quarters and remove the core. Cut each quarter lengthways into 4-5 pieces. If using tinned, drain off and leave to dry on kitchen paper.
  • Leave to one side and start to make the fritter batter. 
  • Sieve the flour, the sugar, the ground ginger and the salt into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Separate the eggs. Keeping the egg whites in another medium sized mixing bowl, with the yolks going into the flour mixture. 
  • Add the water to the flour mixture, mixing till smooth. Then add the melted butter. 
  • Leave the mixture to one side.
  • With a whisk whip the egg whites till stiff, fold the first mixture into the egg whites.
  • Heat a deep fryer with sunflower oil to 185 degrees. Once hot cover the pineapple in the batter. Begin to fry a few a time, removing and draining after 3-4 minutes (Till golden brown.) on kitchen paper. 
  • After cooking them all drizzle with the syrup and dust with icing sugar. 
  • If you fancy a little more bite top with chopped chilli and lemon zest. (It's delicious.)

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