- 1 quantity of batter ingredients (see 'Goes well with', below)
- 2 pears
Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…
- 1 English apple
Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…
- 100g golden caster sugar
- oil, for deep-frying
- vanilla ice cream, to serve
The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…
Make the batter (see 'Goes well with', right) but first separate 2 of the eggs and set aside the 2 egg whites. When the batter is mixed, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they just start to hold their shape, then fold into the batter. Peel, core and cut the pears into wedges. Peel, core and cut the apple into rings and toss both in a little lemon juice to stop them going brown. Mix the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 180C or in a wok until a drop of batter sizzles and turns golden within 20 secs. In batches, dip the fruit in the batter, then carefully fry in the oil until golden and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to drain onto kitchen paper, then toss in the sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream.