Pineapple Fritters

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If pineapple is your favorite fruit, but you need new ideas for how to fuse it into sweet or savory dishes, this pineapple fritters recipe is a tasty choice. The appeal of pineapple is how sweet and tangy it can be, which is why it becomes part of roasted hams, pizzas or stir fry recipes. Pineapple’s depth of flavor lends itself particularly well to dessert recipes. Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks’ recipe blog, informs that the crispy, sweet nature of this fritter recipe makes these pastries addictive to eat. The good news is that if you want a small treat, but prefer not to enjoy the entire batch in one sitting, these fritters reheat well. This dessert recipe is also fast to pull together when you have a craving, so make sure to have all the ingredients available.

Fresh pineapple is a fruit, and therefore, adds a substantial amount of nutrition to whatever you include it in. Fresh pineapples are very high in vitamin C and manganese, and high in dietary fiber, vitamin B6, and thiamin. Unfortunately, the nutritional value of pineapple doesn’t extend significantly into the canned versions, and this fritters recipe specifies to use canned crushed pineapple. Canned pineapple nutrients include very high vitamin C like the fresh version, but due to the processing, does not contain a significant number of other nutrients. If you would prefer to maximize the nutrition in your pineapple desserts, consider using fresh pineapple instead of canned. Simply place the peeled, cubed pineapple in a blender and pulse just until shredded. Thoroughly drain the pineapple so that the fritter batter doesn’t become too wet. Any excess juice can be reserved for cocktails, or you can use it for a glaze recipe by whisking in some icing sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

Pan frying these pineapple fritters is very similar to making pancakes, although substantially more fat is used to create a crispy coating. When pan frying any fritter, it is essential that the oil is at the perfect temperature. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the fritter will not brown significantly, and the fritter will absorb more oil. If the oil is too hot, the fritter will over brown before cooking on the inside. The oil temperature should be somewhere between the two extremes so that the fritters will cook all the way through, become golden and crispy, and not absorb much of the oil. This process may take a few practice runs to perfect, but the key is to adjust the oil temperature as necessary to achieve the desired result.

If you need simple dessert recipes to prepare during the week, this pineapple dish takes moments to make. The fact that this sweet treat includes pantry staples means that these fritters can be prepared on a whim. Consider substituting the pineapple for whatever finely chopped fruit you have on hand. Thank you to Judy, the author of The Southern Lady recipe blog, for sharing her pineapple fritters recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Pineapple Fritters From The Southern Lady Cooks
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, can crushed pineapple, milk, cooking oil.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 9 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 125, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.6g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%, Cholesterol 1mg 0%, Sodium 9mg 0%, Potassium 268mg 8%, Carbohydrates 28.3g 9%, Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%, Sugars 9.5g, Protein 2.9g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 10%, Iron 7%

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