Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Fritters. Finally.


Do you know I've had this recipe on my radar for almost four years now?  FOUR.  And I'm just now getting around to making it.  Not that this should come as a huge surprise to myself or to anyone who knows me.  Procrastination and I go way back, further back than I care to admit here or to any of my future hypothetical offspring.

The procrastinating game is a lot harder to master when you're a child sharing living quarters with the Homework Nazi (love you Mom!)  Not once did she buy into my "But I work better under pressure!" rebuttal.  Had I known then what I know now, I would have given myself more than a night's worth to create that Charlotte's Web diorama and made these fritters as a peace offering to her for being a mom who simply gave a damn.

Peanut Butter Fritters

3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
peanut oil, for frying
whipped cream and jam, for serving

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the the dry ingredients:  flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients:  buttermilk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla.  

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture and stir until combined.

Pour peanut oil into a small, deep saucepan until there's about 1 1/2 inches of oil.  Heat on medium-high until the oil hits 310 degrees.  It starts to climb pretty quickly so keep an eye on your thermometer.

Carefully drop rounded teaspoons of batter into the oil, working in small batches.  Fry the fritters for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side until lightly browned.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a paper towel-lined, oven-safe plate.  Keep the fritters warm in the oven while you work through the remaining batter.

Fantastic when plain.

Fantasticer with whipped cream and jam.

These are money.  Although I don't suggest waiting four years to discover that for yourself.


  1. I love a fritter. What I don't love is the smell of frying oil in my house. Any tips on making it smell like cupcakes instead? Oh bake cupcakes you say?

    I also love a diorama. My bff once had a diorama making party. She had shoe boxes & craft supplies at the ready, it was the most insanely awesome party ever.

  2. Hi there, Sister in Procrastination. Oh baby, your fritters got me all frittering.

    Moms, they rock. Mine gave me guilt trips, really good ones too.

  3. You had me at deep fried.

    Have you ever considered using your diorama making skills in the WaPo Peeps contest???

  4. goodness gracious. yes please.

  5. I think I love you.

    Peanut butter fritters. oh mahhh gawd.

  6. these with the whipped cream & jam makes a balanced lunch. true story.

  7. Wow - so very evil looking, so they must be really good!!

    I still put myself in that "works better under pressure" trap... someday I'll remember that I really need more than 3 hours to clean the whole house before company comes...

  8. Anything with peanut butter gets a vigorous thumbs-up in my book. I don't eat fried food, but I can see myself making a secret exception with fried peanut butter anything. Don't tell.

  9. To echo what (the first) Shannon said, I cannot stand the smell of frying oil in the house. I also hate the rigmarole involved in disposing of the oil. Well, rigmarole for me.

    Deep frying is a rarity in this house but I couldn't hold off on these PB gems any longer.

  10. fritters...fried pb, I'm there!!


  11. confession: i squealed a little when i read the title of this post! sounds like the perfect dessert...or snack, or breakfast. wow. i'm practically speechless.

  12. I actually don't think I can cope with not having this in my life. If only I weren't so scared of hot oil burns!

  13. Just wait...you'll eat those words when your hypothetical offspring come to fruition (wink). I want some peanut butter fritters! xoxo

  14. That looks amazing. If I wasn't afraid of deep frying I would try it. Don't worry, my mom was a homework nazis too.

  15. i've never heard of peanut butter fritters... this is a great idea.
    i love anything peanut butter, so i'm afraid these would be super addictive.

  16. When your a child you an procrastinate. When your adult you don't always have the option to do it.