Plum and custard fritters

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

These fritters need to be served straightaway, while the custard is warm and oozy. They're a self-contained fruit and custard parcel - all that's needed to finish them is a light dusting of icing sugar.

  • For deep-frying: vegetable oil
  • 180 gm plain flour
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 180 ml beer, at room temperature (lager or wheat beer ideally)
  • 60 gm unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 medium plums, halved and stones removed
  • To serve: icing sugar
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  • Vanilla custard
  • 600 ml milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
  • 140 gm caster sugar
  • 120 gm plain flour
  • 60 gm butter, diced
  • 90 gm egg yolk (about 5 yolks)
01   For vanilla custard, bring milk, vanilla bean and 40gm of sugar to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Place flour, butter and remaining sugar in a bowl and, using fingertips, rub mixture together until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Whisk in milk mixture until smooth, return to pan and continue stirring mixture over low-medium heat until thick and flour cooks out (5-6 minutes). Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean, then whisk in yolks, cover directly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
02   Heat vegetable oil in a large deep saucepan or deep-fryer to 170C. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar, make a well in centre, add yolks and beer and whisk to combine, then stir in butter. In a separate bowl whisk eggwhites to soft peaks and gently fold into batter.
03   Mould custard around each plum half, dip into batter and deep-fry in batches, turning occasionally, until golden brown (3-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot dusted with icing sugar.

Topics:

PLUMS, ITALIAN, DESSERT, EGGS, VANILLA, AUTUMN, MILK, DRINK SUGGESTION, BEER

Recipe:

RODNEY DUNN

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

SWEET WINE MADE FROM DRIED GRAPES, SUCH A PASSITO. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Mar 2014

Mar 2014

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