Hanukkah frittersFritters with sweet syrup
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes per batch
Makes: 20 fritters
Tori Avey of The Shiksa in the Kitchen blog said this recipe stems from her Israeli mother-in-law. The original called for yeast and needed time to rise; Avey uses baking powder to speed up the prep. Her mother-in-law also uses a syrup flavored with rose water or orange water for a "wonderful, exotic Middle Eastern twist." Look for them at specialty or ethnic markets.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
Grapeseed or peanut oil for frying
For the syrup:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon rose water or orange blossom water
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl with a fork. Beat the egg in a separate bowl. Whisk the milk into the egg until well combined. Add the egg-and-milk mixture to the flour mixture; stir with a fork until a batter forms.
2. Heat about an inch of oil in a deep skillet or heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until hot enough for frying, about 365 degrees. Working in batches, use a metal soup spoon to scoop up by heaping tablespoonfuls; drop into the hot oil. The oil should sizzle but not splatter; if the oil pops or splatters, let it cool slightly before proceeding. Fry the fritters until golden brown on both sides, turning once during cooking, 2-3 minutes total. Drain fritters on rack set over paper towels.
3. For the syrup, heat the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally; add rose or orange blossom water. Reduce heat; simmer until the liquid thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Serve hot, with warm syrup poured over freshly fried fritters.
Read the Good Eating story (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune /December 13, 2012)
Ruth's Chris Steak House is usually open only for dinner, but now through Christmas Eve, the restaurant is serving a holiday lunch menu on weekdays.
It's a bit of a splurge, but what the heck, there's prosperity in the land.
The menu includes a $15 steak sandwich, the $14 Ruth's prime burger, a $42.95 filet au poivre entree and, if it's been a really good year for the firm, a $44.95 New York strip.
The lunch menu is being served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at all locations of Ruth's Chris Steak House including the ones on Water Street, Eastern Avenue and Pikesville.
There's more information about the holiday lunch on the Ruth's Chris website.
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