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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Homemade Blueberry Fritters! (with plain OR cream cheese glaze)

We love fresh blueberries here, particularly the tiny, sweet low-bush blueberries.  They're delicious in all sorts of recipes - blueberry pie, jams, blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, blueberry bagels.  But, there's something fun about eating blueberries in blueberry fritters.  I was inspired to whip some up when my sister told me she happily enjoyed a tasty blueberry fritter (not GF) at a new donut place near her in Texas.  It seemed appropriate to whip up some myself so we, too, could enjoy blueberry fritters! Enjoy!

Fresh blueberry fritters with a cream cheese glaze
Fresh blueberry fritters with plain glaze

Homemade Blueberry Fritters! (with plain OR cream cheese glaze)
Makes ~24 small fritters

Mix together in mixer:
2 cups Kristin's Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1 1/2 tsp quick (rapid-rise) yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix in a beat 3-4 minutes:
1 cup buttermilk *see note below to make your own (lactose-free, even!)
1 egg (or 2 medium-sized eggs, for a bit richer consistency)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Fold in:
1-2 cups fresh blueberries (small, sweet berries are best)

Cover bowl and let rise in a warm location ~1 hour.

In a large, frying pan w/ high sides heat 1 - 1 1/2" frying oil of your choice over medium-high heat.  Once oil is heated (you can check by dropping in a tiny piece of dough - it should start bubbling and start browning within ~1 min), use a medium-sized cookie-scoop to drop 2 Tbsp size scoops into the oil.  Scoop gently so you don't deflate the dough.
Cook ~6-8 fritters at a time so you don't cool the oil.  They should cook ~2 minutes per side (~4 minutes total) until nicely browned.  Remove from heat and place on a wire rack.  Glaze (2 recipes below) while still hot.  Glaze can be applied with a spoonful over each fritter or by quickly dipping the fritters. (I prefer to just spoon it on).

Plain Glaze:
Mix together:
1 oz hot water
1 cup powdered sugar (more, if you want a thicker glaze)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


Cream Cheese Glaze:
2 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
milk, to desired consistency
A fresh blueberry fritter, packed with delicious tiny blueberries

*To make 1 cup buttermilk: 
In a 1 cup measuring cup add 2-3 tsp white vinegar OR fresh lemon juice.  Add milk (lactose-free works) up to 1 cup.  Let rest 3-5 minutes.  

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