Fritule, or small Croatian doughnuts as foreigners like to call them, are a popular treat in Croatia, especially over the Christmas period. They are easy to make and there are a number of different twists to the recipe. Some people like to add apples, some like to add raisins and some like to coat them in chocolate sauce. This recipe features Fritule with apples.
🇭🇷 Croatia: Fritule
- 3 Eggs whites and yolks separated
- 1 Apple peeled and grated (you can pour the juice of one lemon atop the apples so they don't oxidize)
- ⅓ Cup Granulated sugar plus 2/3 cup sugar for coating
- 2 ½ tsp Vanilla sugar
- ¾ Cup Milk
- ¼ Cup Butter softened
- 2 Tbsp Rum
- 1 ½ Cups Flour
- 2 ½ tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Oil for frying
- In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and vanilla sugar until smooth and creamy.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until they start to foam, then add ⅓ cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Add the softened butter to the egg yolk and sugar mixture and combine until smooth. Add the milk and rum and keep mixing. Slowly add the flour and baking powder (through a sieve) and continue to mix. Add the grated apple and egg white mixture and combine well.
- Let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Mix the cinnamon and remaining ⅔ cup sugar together and set aside in a bowl.
- Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven, heat oil to 370°F.
- Drop tablespoons of batter into the oil, and fry until golden brown.
- Place fritules on a paper towel to drain the oil and then roll in cinnamon sugar before serving.