First off, I’d like to apologize for the huge gap in posts! Between a trip to Canada with the Chamber Choir, SAT and AP prep, and a lot of very personal issues, blogging hasn’t exactly been on my mind. Don’t worry, I’m back now! Posts may be slightly sparser than usual, but I’ll try to be consistent. Today I experimented in making apple rings! I’d seen many pictures of such recipes on Pinterest without any actual links, so I did some poking around on the internet and found a recipe to modify! I found inspiration from this recipe on Cooking Stoned (not actually on drugs, though that would’ve been more amusing) and got to work.
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk (I used 1% milk and 1+3/4 tsp cream of tartar as a substitute, as suggested by Joy the Baker)
- A splash of vanilla (if you want a slightly sweeter batter)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large Granny Smith apples
- Canola oil for frying
- Sea salt for finishing
1. Combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Don’t mix the two bowls yet! 2. Cut up the four apples into 1/4 slices. Using cookie cutters of various sizes, cut out your apple rings, discarding the core. I didn’t have that many sizes of circular cookie cutters, so I just approximated and cut out the center with a kitchen knife. (As you can tell, not the most prepared chef here. I’m impatient.) 3. Fill the bottom of a fry pan with canola oil and turn the heat on medium-high. It shouldn’t take too long to heat up! 4. While you’re waiting, stir together the wet and dry ingredients to form a batter. 5. Dip your apples in batter and place them carefully in the pan to fry. Gloves and tongs are a good idea. Flip them often to ensure even browning. 6. Once they’re golden, let drain on a metal drying rack with some paper towels underneath. Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy.
I think the apple rings tasted best warm, but they were delicious and unusual either way. The tartness of the apple plays so well with the sea salt and plain batter! These are a great snack or dessert (especially if you add vanilla to the mix!) Perhaps I’ll try them with some vanilla ice cream tonight.