Authentic Fritters from Mary Tabb Bowling Lee, wife of Rooney Lee

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This recipe for Fritters is from Mary Tabb Lee who was wife of Rooney Lee and daughter-in-law of Robert and Mary Lee. This was Mrs. Lee's recipe which was given to Mary Tabb Lee.

"Make up 1 quart of flour with 1 egg well beaten, a large spoonful of yeast, and as much milk as will make it a little softer than muffin dough. Mix it early in the evening. In the morning, when well risen, work in a tablespoonfuls of melted butter. Make into balls the size of a walnut and fry a light brown in boiling lard. Serve with wine and sugar or molasses."

From:"Colonial Recipes, from Old Virginia and Maryland Manors".
 

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Fritters were made both North and South.

A basic recipe for fritter batter (my Granny's)

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup milk

Sift flour, measure, and sift with sugar and salt. Combine eggs and milk. Add dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. The amount of sugar mey be decreased to suit the sweetness of the fruit.

Granny made several types of fritters, including apple, prune and banana.

To make the Apple ones:

Prepare fritter batter as posted above. Add 4 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups pared chopped apples and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Drop by spoonfuls into deep fat. Fry until evenly browned. Drain on crumpled absorbent paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with syrup.
 
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