Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I hope nobody will be disappointed that I’m not posting something containing spinach, matcha or any other green super food (there will be another time for that too I promise!). I am sharing with you today these sweet little bites of fried dough, Croatian traditional sweet pastry called “fritule” or “ustipci” that are usually made in Christmas time or just before the Lent begins. That doesn’t mean however that you can’t make them any time of the year when you want a little sweet treat that is easy to make and requires very few ingredients.
They are something like mini doughnuts, just better but the best would be to just make them and see for yourself. Now I have to tell you that there are quite a few versions of “fritule” out there and most of them involve “rakija” as one of the ingredients, strong alcoholic beverage similar to Italian grappa. Like with many traditional recipes, almost every family makes them slightly different and everybody thinks that their recipe is the “real” one! 😀 I chose this, a little bit different version with no alcohol but with yogurt and apple. Yum!
So here is the recipe and please let me know if you decide to try it out!
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (1 sachet) baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup (200 ml) plain yogurt or kefir
- 2 eggs
- 1 apple, peeled & grated
- In a mixing bowl combine eggs and yogurt, add vanilla extract and mix well until combined.
- In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and add it to the mixture of eggs and yogurt. Leave it for about 5 minutes.
- Peel and grate the apple. Add the grated apple to the egg mixture and stir well.
- In a frying pan heat the oil (I use coconut oil) and using a spoon make little balls and fry them until they turn nice golden color.
- Put them on a kitchen paper so that any excess oil is absorbed. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!