Fruit Fritters

First, you have to make a hard decision: do you want to make banana fritters or green apple fritters? They’re both good. The fruit turns soft and sweet in the oven, coated in a golden, crispy batter.
rimmed baking sheet, parchment paper, bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoons, pastry brush or plastic wrap, whisk, sifter, dinner knife (if using a banana) or knife (for helper) if using an apple, cooking spatula (for helper)
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter
2 tsp (10 mL) white sugar
pinch of salt
½ cup (125 mL) cornstarch (spoon in, level)
¼ tsp (1 mL) baking soda
2 egg whites (see “Eggs”)
1 banana or 1 green apple
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter at 50% power in the microwave until melted (about 1 minute). Drizzle 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of the butter on the parchment paper. Use a pastry brush or scrunched-up piece of plastic wrap to rub the butter all over the parchment, leaving about a 2-inch (5 cm) unbuttered border around the edges. Set aside.
  4. You will have 2 Tbsp (30 mL) melted butter left in the bowl. To make the batter, use a whisk to stir the white sugar and salt into the bowl of butter. Set the whisk aside. Carefully sift the cornstarch and baking soda into the same bowl. Then add the egg whites. Use the whisk to stir into a smooth batter.
  5. If you are using a banana, peel it and use a dinner knife to cut it into ½-inch (1 cm) rounds. If you are using an apple, get help peeling it and slicing into ½-inch (1 cm) thick wedges.
  6. Put three pieces of fruit into the batter at a time. Using your fingers, carefully roll them around to coat them in batter. Pick up one piece at a time, letting the extra batter drip back into the bowl. Put the fruit on the buttered parchment. Coat all the fruit in the same way. Don’t let the pieces touch as you fill up the baking sheet. You probably won’t use up all the batter.
  7. Bake the coated pieces of fruit for 6 minutes. Get help turning them over with a cooking spatula, then bake another 5 to 6 minutes, until the batter is golden. Cool slightly but eat while warm.
Makes 10 to 12 Fruit Fritters.

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