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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Apple Fritter, Greek Yogurt Ice Cream, and Caramel Sauce

Yep. It's 5 star challenge again. This month theme is Greek Meze! Natasha and Lazaro decided this month we wouldn't do the same dish but each presented different dish in a Greek Meze theme so we had a variety and food for the eyes. You can see from hummus to Keftedakia at the round-up on Friday on Natasha's and Lazaro's blog. 
Greek cuisine and I are like strangers. We've "met" but haven't had deep friendship. I'm eager to get to know the Greek better from the round-up!

For me, I decided to have my take on fritters but in a sweet way. I first wasn't sure if it was Greek until Natasha mentioned it. I admitted that I googled if apple fritters were Greek haha. I hope my research is correct! I wanted to do apple because I've developed my fond toward apples these days and they are in season. I also made Greek yogurt ice cream with my newly ice cream maker! Whoohoo! Oh yes, a little caramel sauce goes on there to tie it up. A combination of cispy puffy fritters, smooth ice cream, and caramel sauce go really well together in one bite. These fritters are so easy and you easily change to your favorite ingredient as you wish.

I'm opt for Granny Smith type due to its tartness. You can use any type of apples you like really.

Apple Fritter, Greek Yogurt Ice Cream, and Caramel Sauce

Ingredients for fritters:
1 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk or more if needed

Oil for frying

Fritter mixture
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  • Mix wet ingredients --egg, vanilla, butter, and milk.
  • Slowly add the wet mixture into a dry mixture and mix until combined. If it's too thick, you can more milk. Then, add the chopped apple. The consistency should be of a light cake mixture.
  • Heat up oil in a medium pot. When the oil is ready, use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into a hot oil. Don't over crowd them. Flip if needed. When the dough balls are golden brown, place them on a paper towel. Set aside.

Ingredients for Ice cream:
8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
1.5 cups Greek yogurt
1/2 heavy cream
1/2-2/3 cup of fined sugar

  • Mix everything together until it's smooth. Put the mixture in an ice cream maker and follow its instruction.

Ingredients for caramel sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs light corn syrup
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 Tbs butter, cubed


  • Mix sugar, water, salt, and corn syrup in a pot over medium low heat. Cook until the sugar mixture turns a light amber color (about 15 mins). Be careful not to burn it! Otherwise you will get a burnt and bitter flavor. 
  • Once it turns amber color, remove from stove. Add cream and butter. Whisk to emulsify.

  • Serve fritters and ice cream, and drizzle with caramel sauce.

21 comments: said...

What a lovely presentation and they look delicious...

Nic@diningwithastud said...

YUM! I love the sweetness of the fritter and sauce and then the tart yoghurt ice cream. What a gorgeous balance and a perfect end to any Greek meal :D

Gina said...

Mmm, I bet these were good. I made some fro yo with greek yogurt and I loved how tart it was. Anything fried and then drizzled in caramel is a winner.

Faith said...

Really gorgeous dessert -- I love that plate you used for presenation! Sounds delicious, especially with tart Granny Smith apples!

Shannon said...

ooh, mascarpone and greek yogurt must make for a stellar combination here! great dish :)

Lori Lynn said...

Terrific addition to the Meze Event! The ice cream ingredients sound fabulous. And your fritters look perfect. That beautiful blue and white platter sets the mood. A super-success!

Marisa said...

I love that you did a dessert. These fritters and their accompaniments sound so yummy! Great job and very nice presentation.

Angie's Recipes said...

Such a fine gourmet dessert! Can't never get enough of caramel!

lostpastremembered said...

I didn't know much about ancient Greek food until I researched this... but, just to let you know... they had things like fritters 2500 years ago, kinda cool.

Love your fritters. They are also with great company that compliments them brilliantly... great makeover!

Magic of Spice said...

Hello my dessert buddy :) Ok, and we both added a frozen treat too, too funny :)

This looks incredible and I so want a few of those fritters...delectable treats!

Joan Nova said...

That's a beautiful dessert and one I'd order if I saw it on a menu. Well done!

Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking said...

I'd love to take a trip to Greece while enjoying your Greek yogurt ice-cream.
Lovely presentation

Priscilla | ShesCookin said...

Apple fritters are the bomb and drizzled with caramel with a tart mascarpone fro yo - heavenly! I'm so glad our meze table includes two desserts!

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered Greek yogurt ice cream and fell in love. I would be in heaven having it with these apple fritters. Wonderful job on the challenge! =]

Pacheco Patty said...

Wow! This looks like a dessert in a very expensive restaurant! I love everything about your dish- all the components, presentation and your lovely choice of serving plate-beautiful dish Tanantha;-)

Maya Mohd said...

I'm a sucker for desserts and two desserts on our meze table makes me way beyond overjoyed. Well done, Tanatha, this decadent dessert looks a real winner with its beautiful flavors and contrasting temperatures. I'd definitely go for seconds!

gluten free said...

The consistency of ice cream made in this machine, as with many, is much softer than that of store-bought ice cream when it first comes out of the machine, and after it's been been stored in the freezer, it might need to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or more so that it can soften enough to be scooped.

Jessie said...

What a gorgeous dessert! I tried making something like this once, but it wasn't nearly so gorgeous, and it didn't have the essential ice cream and sauce :)

Hope you're doing well, Tanantha! A super congrats!! :)

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Callius Marie said...

The plating is so great and its awesome too. I made this too and this is great.

Sherry said...

I can't wait to wow my family with this. Just noticed my ice cream maker when cleaning a spot in the garage for Xmas presents! I've been wanting to make a cool flavored ice cream...not just vanilla. :)

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