Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters

These tasty fritters were an unexpected treat. I always have a collection of winter squash this time of year. I use them as decoration, then later, I cook them. I had a pie pumpkin I was planning on using at some point in the future. I was checking to see how the squash were holding up and I noticed a small spot on the pie pumpkin.  I knew I had to use it pretty quickly.

I cut it in half, cut out the soft spot, and baked it. I normally toast the seeds, too. This time I set them out as food for the birds. Once it was tender, I ran the cooked pumpkin through my food mill. I am using some later in the week, but I had some extra. I decided to make fritters with it.

 

It was a pretty simple recipe. I started with the cooked pumpkin. I added eggs, flour, baking powder and a few other ingredients, then fried them up in oil, and ended up with a pretty tasty fritter. Crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. I drained them on paper towels and then rolled them in cinnamon sugar while still warm. You certainly could use winter squash in this recipe, if you prefer.

 

Pumpkin Fritters

1 c. cooked, mashed pumpkin or winter squash

2 eggs

2 T. brown sugar

2 t. baking powder

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. salt

1 1/2 c. flour

oil for frying

cinnamon sugar for rolling- powdered sugar would work, too

In mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except the flour and beat until smooth. Stir in flour. Batter will be thick. Heat oil to 350 degrees.* There should be enough oil in the pan top be at least 1 inch deep- or deeper. To save oil I used a smallish pan and cooked 3-4 fritters at a time. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil and cook, turning once until golden brown on both sides. This will take about 3 minutes.  Drain on paper towels then roll in cinnamon sugar while warm. Makes 24-30. Best served warm.

* Fun way to know when your oil has hit 350 degrees. Place an un-popped popcorn kernel in the oil. Popcorn pops at 350 degrees.