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RECIPE: Pumpkin Fritters

THE NIBBLE’s Kids & Family Editor, Cricket Azima, says that if you haven’t settled on a pumpkin dish for your Thanksgiving dinner, these South African Pumpkin Fritters are a snap.

You can also serve them for dessert with ice cream or whipped cream, or make them for brunch over Thanksgiving weekend.

And they’re delicious any other fall or winter day, including December 2nd, National Fritters Day.

The recipe is from Cricket’s cookbook, Everybody Eats Lunch.

These fritters are topped with cinnamon sugar (photo #1). If you’d rather take a savory approach, top with plain nonfat Greek yogurt (or serve it on the side) and garnish with pumpkin seeds (optional).

Serves 4 (16 fritters)


  • 1 can pumpkin (15-ounces)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1. COMBINE the pumpkin, flour, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

    2. HEAT 1 tablespoon pf butter and 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    3. COOK in two batches. Drop spoonfuls of mixture into the pan and lightly flatten with a spatula. Cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side.

    4. COMBINE the remaining sugar with cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the hot fritters before serving. Editor’s Note: A bit of maple syrup is also nice.

    A fritter is a small cake of batter that is fried in deep fat or sautéed.

  • Plain fritters are deep-fried cakes of chou paste or a yeast dough, often sprinkled with powdered sugar and/or served with a sweet condiment, like preserves. European versions include French beignets, Italian bigne and Greek loukoumades.
  • A more complex fritter contains pieces of meat, seafood, vegetables or fruit. They are coated with batter and then deep fried. American corn fritters (photo #2) are an example, as are Indian pakora, which contain pieces of cauliflower, eggplant or other vegetable.
  • The parent of fritters is the familiar batter-coated fried food, from Southern fried chicken to Italian fritto misto to Japanese tempura. The technique of batter-frying was introduced into Japan in the late 16th century by Portuguese traders.

    [1] Mmm, pumpkin fritters. Serve with the main course, for brunch or for dessert with ice cream or whipped cream (photo © Blueee | Fotolia).

    [2] Corn fritters (photo © I Love Corn).

    Ham Croquettes
    Ham croquettes. See the difference between fritters and croquettes below (photo © Kyle Books).

    The term fritter comes from the Latin frictus, fried.

    By the time it reached Middle English in 1350–1400, it was friture—one step away from fritter.

    Both are fried in deep fat, but there are significant differences.

    A fritter is a batter that is fried. It takes a free form, depending on how the batter is dropped into the oil.

    A croquette is a shaped oblong or round (photo #3), that is breaded in flour or bread crumbs and beaten egg, and fried.

    The word derives from from the French croquer to crunch.


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