Cherry Fritters are incredible! When you sink your teeth into a warm fritter and get a yummy piece of cherry – it tastes just like cherry pie! When cherries are heated they take on a whole new flavor, and it is awesome. Try this recipe now while fresh cherries are in season.
- ½ cup rolled oats (not instant)
- ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- ½ cup flour (all-purpose)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
- Vegetable oil, as needed
- Place the oats and nuts in a medium bowl and stir until they blended.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed ~three minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Add milk to the dry mixture.
- Fold in the eggs/sugar mixture.
- Add melted butter and chopped cherries to the mixture and stir well.
- Heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy sauce pan to 375° F.
- Fry up a test fritter and make adjustments to size of fritter and the temperature that cooks the fritters well without burning.
- Drop the batter into the hot oil (a small ice cream scoop works well or use a large table spoon).
- Continue adding one scoop (or tablespoon) of batter at a time until you have 3 or 4 fritters cooking.
- Allow the fritters to cook on one side until a golden crust is formed.
- Flip the fritters to cook the second side (total of 4 to 5 minutes).
- Add more oil as needed.
- Remove the fritters from the hot oil and drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- You can keep the fritters warm in the oven – just set on a low temperature. Serve hot!
- They can be eaten plain or with sour cream and warm maple syrup.