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