mardi gras apple fritters
Serves 12

3/4 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cup peanut oil
1 cup beer
6 apples
lemon juice
Cognac or Calvados
confectioners' sugar

Place flour in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add salt, whole eggs and peanut oil. Whisk the eggs and oil together, incorporate a little of the flour. Add beer and stirring well, gradually incorporate the rest of the flour. Allow to stand for approximately 1 hour. A few minutes before using the batter, stiffly beat egg whites and fold into the batter using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

Cone apples with an apple corer, peel and cut into rounds about 1/8" thick. Sprinkle with lemon juice and macerate for 30 minutes in Cognac or Calvados. Drain apples thoroughly, dip in batter and deep-fry in hot oil. Remove the fritters and drain. Dust with confectioners' sugar.