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Ginger, Rum and Raisin Fritule

As well as wine tasting, we also attended an Istrain Cooking demonstration where we learnt how to make “fritule”. Fritule could be likened to mini donuts. They originate from the historic Croatian coastal region of Dalmatia. We were informed that every good Croation wife must know how to make fritule for special occasions. Here is my take on fritule, I need a bit more practise as a few of mine grew ‘tails’ and they should be neat little round balls – they still tasted good though! Ginger, Rum and Raisin Fritule

  • 1/8 cup Raisins
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger (approx 3 cubes)
  • 1 tbsp dark rum Rum
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 180g Set Yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 12 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sunflower oil (for frying)
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Icing sugar

Instructions:

  1. Soak the fruit in alcohol over night in a bowl
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl
  3. Add the vanilla extract and solid yogurt and mix
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix slowly with a metal spoon
  5. Add the fruit
  6. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. Dip a teaspoon in a bowl of hot water. Take pieced of the dough and drop into the hot oil. Clean the spoon with the hot water each time.
  7. Fry each ball on all sides until golden brown.
  8. Drain the balls and place in a bowl, sprinkle with icing sugar

Original Recipe: Antonia’s fritule recipe (makes several for 15 people) Simple to make, and even easier to eat. Fritule are small balls of doughy-goodness, often dusted in powdered sugar as an extra treat. Ingredients:

  • Cranberries or Raisins – a good handful
  • 1 tbsp Rum or Grappa
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Peel (rind of a whole lemon)
  • 180g Set Yogurt
  • 12 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sunflower oil (for frying)
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Icing sugar
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