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Klara's Croatian Fritters Recipe - Fritule

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Croatian Fritters or Fritule

Croatian Fritters or Fritule

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This recipe for Croatian fritters or fritule is from Klara Cvitanovich of New Orleans. She says this favorite Croatian Christmas treat actually may have been the inspiration for beignets, made famous by the Croatian Jurisich family more than 100 years ago at the old Morning Call coffee stand, formerly located in the French market.

Makes about 5 dozen Croatian Fritters or Fritule

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tart apple, grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 to 4 cups room-temperature water
  • Granulated sugar

Preparation:

  1. Proof yeast by dissolving it and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup warm water (not over 110 degrees). When it foams, pour into a large bowl and add flour, salt, raisins, walnuts, apple and zest, and mix well. Add 3 to 4 cups water, or as much as necessary to achieve a cake batter consistency. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven, heat oil to 370 degrees. Carefully drop tablespoons of batter into oil, being careful not to overcrowd. Fry until golden on the bottom. Turn over once to brown both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon onto layers of paper towels to drain. Repeat until batter is finished. Sprinkle fritule with sugar while still hot. Serve immediately.
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