Sweet Pear Fritters

August 31, 2020


2 diced bartlett pears

1/2 cup brown sugar

1tsp cinnamon

⅛ tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

2 cups All Purpose Flour

½  tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup milk

2 tbsp Melted butter

2 tsp baking powder



Combine the milk eggs and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix evenly.  Refrigerate until the oil is hot.

For frying:

4 cups peanut oil 

Large heavy sauce pot (6 quarts minimum)


Heat the oil in the pot to 365f.  Using a large spoon, scoop the batter into the hot oil.  Be careful not to splash the oil.  Evenly space the batter scoops in the oil.  As the fritters begin to brown, roll them over in the oil to cook them evenly.  When the fritters are completely cooked (split the first one open to check that the batter is cooked)  remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a large plate covered with a few layers of clean paper towel.

Dusting sugar:

½ cup Powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

While the fritters are still hot, dust them with the sugar mix.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes then enjoy.





Meet The Chef

At nine years old, Ben Gaffney asked if he could work alongside his father, a chef, at Congress Rotisserie in New Haven. The elder Gaffney put the boy to work washing dishes for two years, in the hope that it would discourage his interest in the restaurant business.

But a calling is a calling. Ben Gaffney has spent his life since then pursuing the wonders of food, bringing Middlefield along for the ride as chef at Lyman Orchards since 2017.
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