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Grilled Sweet Strawberry Fritters with Apple Compote

I have enjoyed fritters of every type for many years, but now I would love to keep some of the oil out of them. This is a great recipe with that in mind. I was tempted to make these one day for breakfast for me and the kids but one thing led to another, and trying to get 3 children off to school in the morning is hard enough, so I decided to make the compote up ahead of time and made it for them for dessert later in the night. Of course the first thing they asked was "Where's the ice cream?"

Although my children wanted ice cream with this dessert, I love the warmth of everything, especially during the chilly days. Everything is just such a gooey mess, I loved it.

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • 1 cup(s) flour
  • 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/3 cup(s) milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup(s) chopped, fresh, hulled strawberries
  • 3 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, more as needed
  • Simple Apple Compote:
  • 2 cup(s) apple juice
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Grilled Sweet Strawberry Fritters with Apple Compote Directions

  1. In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel and cayenne pepper. Add the milk and egg, mix well.
  2. Fold in the chopped strawberries. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Scoop out tablespoon-sized dollops of fritter batter into pan, gently, and slightly flatten if necessary. Don't crown pan, leaving an inch between each fritter.
  3. Grill 2-3 minutes per side or until browned. Add more butter if needed between each batch of fritters. Remove to paper-towel lined platter and finish with the rest of the batter. Serve warm with Apple Compote.
  4. Simple Apple Compote:
    Place the juice, cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan, over medium-high heat, and boil until reduced by almost half. This will take about 4-5 minutes. Add the chopped apples and continue cooking, and stirring, until the apples are crisp tender. Remove form heat
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