RECIPE ALERT: Pumpkin Fritters

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Halloween is a magical time of the season, where trick-or-treaters and playful costumes abound. Though many of the holiday’s traditions are intended for children, we are pleased to share the fun with readers of all ages. Our pumpkin fritters are a delicious indulgence sure to please young and old alike!

(Makes 24 fritters)

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon cardamom, ground
½ teaspoon mace
1 cup butter, melted
4 eggs
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup buttermilk
2 pounds shortening (for frying)
2 cups powdered sugar

 

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and mace. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, eggs, pumpkin and buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix into a dough. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.

While the dough rests, heat the shortening in a large heavy skillet, ideally made of cast iron, until it reaches 360 degrees on a candy thermometer (or until a drop of water placed in the hot shortening dances across the top).

With a large tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of dough into the hot frying liquid a few at a time. Stir occasionally to ensure the fritters are cooked on all sides. Once cooked, remove the fritters from the frying liquid and place on a paper towel to drain the excess oils.

Place fritters in a paper bag a few at a time, add powdered sugar, and shake the bag to ensure the sugar coats all sides. Dust all fritters with sugar, serve warm, and enjoy!

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