It wouldn't be fall without one of my favorite sweet treats, fritters! But make them pear fritters flavored with warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and drizzled with a sweet orange glaze.
You've Heard of Apple Fritters, but What about Pear Fritters
Oh do I have a treat for you! Apple fritters may get all the attention once fall hits, but the sweet flavor of pears makes for a fantastic fried fritter.
Thanks to USA Pears for both the inspiration and sponsoring this post. I had so much fun creating this fall flavored Hanukkah recipe. Usually, it's all about my Mom's Crispy Potato Latkes but I love creating (and eating) donuts too. Have you tried my savory hatch chile donuts?
What Type of Pear to Use
Use firmer pears so they can hold up to the batter and to the frying. I used comice pears for this recipe for their sweet flavor, but comice pears can ripen and get too soft to use in cooking. Be sure to find firmer and less ripe pears so they can hold up in cooking.
A Few Tips on Making Pear Fritters
- Use a high heat cooking oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable oil.
- Cube the pear into very small cubes for an easier bite.
- Fritters are best served hot and immediately after frying, but you can reheat by placing the pear fritters on a wire rack and in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven until warmed through.
- Use a wide skillet so there is room for the fritters to fry evenly.
- A dusting of powdered sugar is a nice option instead of the orange glaze.
- 3 Comice Pears peeled, cored and chopped into ¼ inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup apple cider
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon unsalted melted butter
- Vegetable oil for frying
Orange Cider Glaze
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons apple cider
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- In a large bowl, add chopped pears and toss with lemon juice and set aside. ‘
- In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt together.
- Whisk the apple cider, sugar, eggs, vanilla and melted butter together and pour into flour mixture along with chopped pears.
- Mix everything together, the batter will be on the thicker side.
- Pour enough vegetable oil into a large skillet so it comes up ½ an inch. Heat oil to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using a tablespoon, spoon mixture into hot oil and fry on first side until deep golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Carefully flip fritter over and continue frying for another 3-4 minutes until the fritter is a deep golden color. Continue frying in batches.
- Transfer fritters to a wire rack that is placed over a baking sheet, to drain any excess oil.
- For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, apple cider and orange zest together. The consistency should be a bit thinner than honey. Drizzle glaze all over fritters and serve immediately.