Fried dough sprinkled with sugar. What’s not to love?
The key ingredient of this dessert is lard. It has been many years since I’ve cooked with lard. However, I managed to find some in Mexican foods section of the grocery store.
The lard is mixed together with flour, a little sugar, white wine, salt, and one egg. This all comes together loosely before being kneaded until smooth. This step is very similar to making pie crust.
dough before resting 15 minutes
Next, the dough is rolled out to 1/8 thickness and cut into strips of 5” by 1/2”. I will admit I was a little confused about how to twist and shape this small strip of dough into a bow. I decided to just twist and make a crisscross.
Each fritter is fried in hot lard until golden brown.
first round draining
A sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar is the finishing touch. On the left you will see a sprinkle. I wondered what a thicker coating of the sugar would taste like so I was more liberal with the fritters on the right. Both versions tasted good. The fritter turns out light, crisp and slightly sweet. They were great with a cup of hot tea. I’m going to make them again using the lard substitutes (butter & vegetable oil) so I can compare the taste.
I thought we consumed the entire batch. I latter discovered my husband stashed some in a bowl marked with his initial. I had a big laugh. In nine years he has never marked his food. I take that as a compliment.