Feeding my Fritter Addiction
No I did not eat fritters for a whole month but I have been compiling just a few fritters that are made in the Caribbean. My few in today’s post is nothing compared to the fritters that are made.
A fritter is a flour based batter that is deep friedor shallow fried. Do not run away yet, I have been working very hard to find ways of baking fritters so I can eat more than just one. The key to making a bakable fritter is to thicken the batter and to add a good rising agent so that when the heat hits the fritter it can still hold some shape.
Sometimes fritters can be sweet like pumpkin and banana. These are suitable for brunch and are common in Jamaica and Barbados.
It could be savoury like the Eggplant accras which taste exactly like Barbadian fish cakes which may be good news to some of you and bad news for others. These are suitable for breakfast or as appetizers and these are common in the English and French speaking Caribbean islands.
It could be sweet and savoury like the Barbadian Bake or Float. This was the first time making a Bajan Bake and the batter is similar to pancake batter. These are sold all around the island from 6 am to 10 am.
Oh it could be savoury stuffed with chickpeas and chutneys like the Trinidadian Doubles which is made up of two fritters called bara and they are overlapped and filled with flavourful chickpeas and a variety of chutneys. This is one of the most common street foods in Trinidad and most popular.
Finally they can be fritters that just taste great like Phuorlie that is also from Trinidad sold as a street food. I have this bad habit eating them with Kuchela…I know shame on me. These are eaten with sweet chutneys e.g mango. I like my phulorie thicker than usual but these can be watered down and made lighter.
Some fritters are eaten with condiments like Phulorie and eggplant accras and some are tossed in sugar and spice like pumpkin fritters and banana fritters.
All of these recipes will be in Vegan in the Sun out in the Fall.
What are you favourite hometown fritters? Please share.