These tempting fried spirals, swirled with pear and caramelized brown sugar, are like a cross between a cinnamon roll and a funnel cake. Serve them as a special brunch treat or after-dinner dessert.
The recipe starts with our basic dough recipe, which can also be used to make Sandwich Loaf, Wreath Bread, and Herb Breadsticks
Hands-on time: 15 minutes plus 15 for frying
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 24 fritters
Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of oil and heat it to 360-380 degrees. As the oil warms, cloak the dough to help it hold its shape while it rises: dust it with flour, then quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface and tucking it under the bottom, then rotating it a quarter-turn as you work. On a well-floured surface, roll it out into a 9- by 12-inch rectangle.
Combine the pear, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, currants, and nuts in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the dough, stopping 1/2 inch from the edge. Starting at a long end, tightly roll the dough into a log as shown, then pinch the seam to seal it. Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut off 1/2-inch-thick slices from the log.
Fry the fritters in batches by carefully placing a few of them into the oil at a time, leaving enough room to let them rise to the surface as they cook. Fry them for about 1 minute, then use a slotted spoon to gently flip each one and fry it until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute more. (You may need to flip them over a few times to brown them evenly.) Transfer the fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Dust the fritters with confectioners' sugar and let them cool slightly before serving.
Per serving (1 fritter): Calories 106 ● Total Fat 5 g (8% DV) ● Saturated Fat 0.4 g (2% DV) ● Cholesterol 7 mg (2% DV) ● Sodium 49 mg (2% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 15 g (5% DV) ● Fiber 0.9 g (4% DV) ● Sugars 6 g ● Protein 2 g (3% DV)
Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.