Even though I don't practice either of those religions, learning the traditions and practices of any portion of a culture is important to understanding them. Respecting those traditions builds compassion, respect, and friendships. In my eyes, at least.
These days, I've run across many people who don't even know why they're celebrating Mardi Gras. To them, it's just a week-long party in New Orleans. In actuality, it's celebrated world wide. But yes, in many places it has turned into a week-long celebration culminating on the Tuesday before Lent.
Some people know the same day as Shrove Tuesday; shrove meaning "confess". Pancakes are to Shrove Tuesday what Pączki are to Fat Tuesday. Its popularity is mainly in the UK (or elsewhere from those who have moved and brought the tradition with them), and is often referred to as Pancake Tuesday. Traditionally the pancakes are not American-style fluffy pancakes, but thin crêpes. But since both use fat, eggs, and sugar, I bet either version is acceptable.
These Blackberry Fritters are a delicious and decadent way to put that fat...that sugar...those eggs...to use in honor of Fat Tuesday. But they're good any other day, too.
My typical nod to Fat Tuesday is the consumption of at least one Pączki. I'll be making a batch this year, as a matter of fact. Do you have any Fat Tuesday traditions?
Prep Time: 30-40 minutes (+ 90-120 minutes unattended rise time)
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Keywords: fry bread breakfast dessert nut-free soy-free vegetarian doughnut American
Ingredients (1 dozen)
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water (~110° F)
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups (310-345 g) bread flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 14 g (2 pkgs / 1-1/2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
- 1-1/2 cups frozen blackberries (NOT thawed)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons bread flour
- vegetable/peanut/canola oil
- 1 pound (4-1/2 cups / 350 g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 cup hot water, more as needed
- 1-1/2 tablespoons blackberry or boysenberry jam
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup (or golden syrup)
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Instructionsmaking the dough:
Place all of the dough ingredients, in the order listed, in the bowl of a stand mixer or the pan of a bread machine. If using a mixer, start with paddle attachment until everything is combined, then switch to a dough hook. If using a bread machine, choose dough cycle and hit start. You're looking for a dough that is not sticky, but still tacky and able to clean the bottom of the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes in the stand mixer once the dough comes together.
If using a bread machine, let it run the cycle (knead and rise). If using a stand mixer, after kneading when you dough is smooth and pliable (yet tacky), transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm spot until doubled, ~60-90 minutes.forming and "filling" the dough:
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and flour the paper lightly; set aside.
Turn risen dough out onto a very lightly floured work surface and pat it out into a 10-inch square (use a rolling pin lightly, if needed).
Spread the frozen blackberries over half of the square, then sprinkle the sugar and flour evenly over the blackberries. Fold the empty side over the square over the blackberries. Use a metal bench scraper to cut into 1/2-inch strips lengthwise, and then again crosswise.
Scoop the stray bits and rearrange them again into a rectangle about the size you originally started with. Repeat the cutting again, in both directions. The mixture will be sticky because the berries are starting to thaw, and you should have a load of little dough scraps.
Flour your hands and the dough, and form the scraps and berries into a log that measures about 12-inches long and is about 3-inches thick. Cut the log into 12 equal slices, use floured hands to pat each slice into a palm-sized mound, then set the mounds on the baking sheets, spread apart. Let rise, uncovered, in a warm spot for another 30-45 minutes; they should almost double in size.making the berry glaze and frying the fritters:
Pour at least 2-inches of oil in a deep pot, attach a candy thermometer to the side, and heat oil to 340° F. Line one sheet tray with paper towels, then set a wire rack over the top. Line a second sheet tray with wax paper, then set another wire rack over the top of that one.
While the oil is heating, whisk together all of the ingredients for the glaze, making sure that the water is hot (because you want the glaze to be warm when the fritters are ready for dipping). Set aside for now.
When the oil comes to temp, carefully lower a few of the dough mounds into it, taking care not to crowd them - this will cause the oil temperature to drop too much, resulting in oily fritters. Fry until the fritters are a deep golden brown, about 2-3 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Lift out and set on the tray lined with paper towels.
Repeat until all of the remaining dough has been fried, allowing the oil to come back up to 340° F before adding another batch.
Dip each fritter, rounded side up, into the warm glaze, then set on the sheet tray that was lined with wax paper. You want both the fritter and the glaze to be warm, so I found the best time for dipping was once the next batch of fritters went into the oil. Let sit on racks, glazed side up, until the glaze is dry, 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
-adapted from Top Pot Hand-Forged DoughnutsLa Cocina de Leslie!
Cocktails & Other Beverages:
- The Hurricane Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan
- The French 75 from Kimchi MOM
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Fried Oysters and Remoulade from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Shrimp in Mustard Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Mini Sweet Potato Pies from MealDiva
- Cajun Crab and Corn Beignets from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pancetta and Mushroom Arancini from Ruffles & Truffles
- Shrimp Po Boy Recipe from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from Supper for a Steal
- Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya from Yours And Mind Are Ours
- Vegan Pizza Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Red Beans and Rice from Cookin' Mimi
- Baked Catfish Po'Boy from Curious Cuisiniere
- Muffaletta from Casa de Crews
- Bayou Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya from The Weekend Gourmet
- Seafood Gumbo from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cajun Rice & Beans from Momma's Meals
- Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Louisiana Roasted Barbecue Shrimp from Food Lust People Love
- Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls from The Dinner-Mom
- New Orleans Fried Chicken from Family Foodie
- Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce from Shockingly Delicious
- Okra Creole from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Banana Creme Pie with Honey Whipped Cream and Pecan Brittle from The Foodie Patootie
- Chocolate Ganache Tart from Melanie Makes
- Banana Bread Pudding from Gotta Get Baked
- Delicious Saffron Baked Beignets from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Polish Paczki from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Buttermilk Beignets from The Messy Baker
- Eggless Bread Pudding in a Jar from What Smells So Good?
- Mint Julep Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Mardi Gras Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Mini Long Johns from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake from La Cocina de Leslie
- Fasnetküchle (Swabian Doughnuts) from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pecan and Chocolate Pralines from Desserts Required
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake from Clarks Condensed
- Baked Coconut Beignets from Mess Makes Food
- Ravioli dolci di Carnevale from Manu's Menu
- Strawberry Paczki from Neighborfood
- Blackberry Fritters from girlichef
- Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
- Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Mug with Coconut Cream from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
- Pecan Bars from Pies and Plots
- "Skinny Tuesday" Bananas Foster Cheesecake Parfaits from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mocha Pear Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Skinny Baked Beignets from Daily Dish Recipes
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