Here is a recipe for some apple fritters, which are great as a sweet treat and use only a few ingredients. They are a good way to use up any leftover apples, and you can also use pears. The traditional batter uses eggs and milk; here I am using soya milk and a flaxseed mixture, which is awesome as an egg substitute. These fritters are delicious hot or cold (especially good hot in winter or cold weather). Eat on their own or with a dollop of soya cream, and/or a drizzle of syrup.
Ingredients (Makes 10-14 fritters, depending on size)
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed, mixed with 1-2 teaspoons water
150 ml soya or other plant milk
4 or 5 peeled apples
1 or 2 teaspoons of caster sugar (you could also use icing sugar)
Sunflower oil for frying
Pinch of salt
1) Mix 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseeds with 1-2 teaspoons water, and leave to set in fridge or cool place for a few minutes. It should then have a viscous, "egg-like" consistency.
2) Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
3) When the flaxseed mixture is ready, add it to the flour, then gradually beat in the milk until a thick batter is produced. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
4)Cut the apples into thick rings and dip in the batter.
5)Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan: when very hot,add the apples.
6) Fry gently over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then turn over.
7) Place the cooked fritters onto a plate lined with kitchen paper (to drain off some of the oil) and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Admittedly they are not all that healthy (except that they do contain fruit!) but great for the occasional treat.