Pear Fritters With Sweet Lemon Ricotta
Chef Nicholas Farrell
Kennett Square, Pa.
Interactive desserts that are shareable get high points from guests. Here, fresh pear slices are coated with batter and deep-fried to create fritters. They’re served with a side of creamy ricotta for dipping.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups seltzer or club soda
6 Bartlett pears, cored and cut in eighths
Salt and pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Sweet Lemon Ricotta
3 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup lemon marmalade
3 tbsp. honey
1. For the fritters: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Add seltzer, whisking until smooth and adding more as necessary to achieve desired consistency. Allow batter to rest 1 hour.
2. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a deep fryer; heat to 375 F. Dip pears into batter and deep fry in hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
3. For sweet lemon ricotta: In small bowl, combine ricotta with marmalade and honey. Stir until smooth and serve as a dipping sauce for fritters.
Photo courtesy of USA Pears