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Cherry Fritters – Busy Mom’s Series, Day 11

Cherry Fritters

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. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the oats and nuts in a medium bowl and stir until they blended.
  2. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed ~three minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Add milk to the dry mixture.
  5. Fold in the eggs/sugar mixture.
  6. Add melted butter and chopped cherries to the mixture and stir well.
  7. Heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy sauce pan to 375° F.
  8. Fry up a test fritter and make adjustments to size of fritter and the temperature that cooks the fritters well without burning.
  9. Drop the batter into the hot oil (a small ice cream scoop works well or use a large table spoon).
  10. Continue adding one scoop (or tablespoon) of batter at a time until you have 3 or 4 fritters cooking.
  11. Allow the fritters to cook on one side until a golden crust is formed.
  12. Flip the fritters to cook the second side (total of 4 to 5 minutes).
  13. Add more oil as needed.
  14. Remove the fritters from the hot oil and drain on paper towels.
  15. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  16. You can keep the fritters warm in the oven – just set on a low temperature.   Serve hot!
  17. They can be eaten plain or with sour cream and warm maple syrup.

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