Frying makes anything taste better, and it's easier than you'd ever imagine. So pour some oil, crank up the heat and prepare to churn out this flavorful dish.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider
- 1 large egg, plus 2 large egg whites
- 3 apples (about 1 pound)peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch rings
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Fill a large pot with enough oil to reach a depth of 2 inches and heat until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar and salt; form a well in the center of the mixture. Add 1/4 cup cider and the whole egg. Gradually stir the flour into the liquid to form a smooth paste. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cider; let stand until thickened, 5 minutes. In a bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into the batter.
- Working in batches, dip the apple rings in the batter and fry until golden, about 3 minutes, allowing the oil temperature to return to 375 degrees between batches. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Dust with the confectioners' sugar and serve warm.
- Nothing matches food fresh out of the fryer, but if you made more than you could polish off in one sitting, revive fried food by re-crisping it. Bring leftovers to room temperature (1 to 2 hours). Preheat the oven to 425 degrees , place the leftovers on a baking sheet on the center rack and bake for 4 to 5 minutes.