These holiday treats are warm and crispy on the outside and gooey cake-like in the middle! Made with whole grain Carolina® Brown Rice for an even fluffier cake texture.
Cook brown rice according to package directions; let cool completely.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.
Using electric mixer, beat together sugar, eggs, lime zest and vanilla for 4 to 5 minutes or until pale and thickened. Stir in flour mixture, rice and mixed dried fruit. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand for 30 minutes.
Pour enough oil into large saucepan to come 3 inches up side; heat over medium-heat until instant read thermometer reads 360˚F. Working in batches and using greased spoon, carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into hot oil; fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer fritters onto a paper towel-lined tray.
Meanwhile, in small saucepan set over medium heat, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, 2/3 cup water and rum; bring to boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
While fritters are still warm, drizzle with rum syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For a tropical flavor addition, serve with a dollop of whipped coconut cream.
These irresistible fritters are made from a batter of holiday fruit cake with mixed dried fruit which you can adjust to your taste preference. We suggest pitted prunes, raisins, currants, or cherries, but feel free to use cranberries, dates or other of choice.
For this recipe, we’ve skipped the oven and went straight for deep fried fritters! We’ve got a few frying tips if you’re new to this cooking method:
– Make sure you have a large saucepan for frying and enough oil, it should come up to 3 inches on the side.
– Let the oil heat before adding anything in! If you have a thermometer it should read 360˚F. If you don’t have one, wait at least 5-10 and test a small tsp to see if the batter fries.
– Use a greased spoon so the batter doesn’t stick to your spoon!
– We suggest using a slotted spoon to let excess oil fall back into the saucepan and place on a paper towel to absorb any leftover oil.
Adding in brown rice to your baked goods is an excellent way to increase the amount of whole grains and add a great fluffy texture in every bite. If you’ve never added a cup of rice (or more) to your batter, try it out in pancakes and waffles first and then follow our guide to making your own Gluten Free rice flour at home to add into other muffins and other cakes! Chaufa is also a great option for any meal!