This month has been pretty amazing for Minnesota this year. The weather has been beautiful and even quite warm for a few days there at the beginning of the month. I love this time of year and we're trying to enjoy it as much as we can. The only part I don't like is that I know that it's going to start getting colder here quite soon. I ride my motorcycle up to the transit station every day and I've already noticed some mornings are getting a little chilly on the bike.
Fortunately, last Saturday was a beautiful warm day and we decide to take advantage of it and go to an Apple Orchard in nearby Lakeville, MN. It was quite busy as it was on of the last days of self picking for the season but we had a great time and got a pretty good stock of apples. Of course we got some Honeycrisp, primarily just for eating. The trees were pretty bare but we found a few good spots and I climbed up one tree to grab a few good ones. We also picked a large bag of the Haralson variety. We were told it was a great variety to cook with and it definitely was. Very crisp and tart, they held up well and had a fantastic flavor in both the applesauce and fritters that we made with them.
These fritters were pretty amazing. Although they're fried, they really don't have a typical heavy fried flavor and the apples are caramelized with cinnamon and sugar before being mixed into the fritter batter making a perfect contrast to the tartness of the apples. Make sure you don't over beat the egg whites and carefully fold them in at the end. This will ensure that they are light and moist when cooked. Also, if you have a small cookie scooper, it works great for dropping the batter into the oil.
adapted from Bon Appetit