On those autumn days when the colour of the sky only knows the monochromatic shades of grey (no reference) that are slowly creeping into your mood, the best thing you can do is cuddling into your wool blanket with a hot cup of tea…
… and enjoy some food, that caresses your soul, brings coziness deep inside, brings warmth to your heart.
It helps when chocolate is involved 😉
In this case I paired chocolate with one of my sweet childhood memories: Classic apple fritters. Rings of apples that where wrapped in pancake batter, baked golden brown and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. And while we kids at the table basically inhaled them, our mum was busy to keep up production in the kitchen.
This is a slight variation on the theme, in which I swapped apples for pears. With the additional CHOCOLATE we end up with fritters à la belle Hélène.
Aber nicht vergessen: “Ein Apfel ist ein Apfel, und eine Birne ist eine Birne.”
Pear fritters with chocolate sauce (2 p.)
50 g flour, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, 1 egg, 50 ml milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, dash of salt, 2 pears, 50 g milk (or dark) chocolate, 1-2 tablespoons milk, butter for frying
In a small bowl mix flour and baking powder, egg, milk, sugar and salt into a pancake batter.
Chop chocolate. Melt in a small water proof milk pourer (or similar) in a bain-marie. Add milk. Set aside in the bain-marie to keep warm.
Peel pears and core them as a whole. Cut into approximately 1 cm thick rings.
Heat a generous amount of butter in a skillet. Dip pear rings into batter, cover them fully and fry them in the skillet for 2-3 minutes from each side. Depending on the size of your skillet you have to work in 2-3 batches. Transfer to a lined paper towel to soak excess butter. Serve warm with chocolate sauce.