Pears give apples a run for their money in this absolutely addictive fritter recipe. The beer batter creates a light, crisp jacket around warm, tender pears. Perfect with afternoon tea or a decadent brunch, serve them warm with a drizzle of honey and a scoop of thick Greek yogurt. Choose your favourite lager for the batter, as it gives it a hint of colour, flavour and lightness to this fantastic fried treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6 people
3 Bartlett pears sliced lengthwise into ½ inch slices, core removed
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
¼ cup canola oil, plus more for frying
1 ¼ cup of lager
3 egg whites, whipped to stiff peaks
3 Tbsp honey
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, oil and beer. Gently fold in egg whites until combined. The consistency should be like thick pancake batter.
2. Pour enough oil into a saucepan to measure 3 inches deep. Heat oil over medium-high until its temperature reaches 375°F.
3. Dip one slice of pear into the batter to fully coat and let excess drip off.
4. Gently place pear in hot oil and fry until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Flip fritter over and continue to fry the other side for another two minutes until fritters are crisp and lightly golden in colour.
5. Remove from oil and transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining pears in batches of two or three.
6. Adjust heat to maintain a temperature between 370°F and 375°F. Do not overcrowd the pot.
7. Once fritters have cooled slightly, drizzle honey over them and serve immediately with Greek yogurt or ice cream.
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