This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.
Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
1 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, separated
½ cup milk
4 cups fresh blackberries
1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying
½ cup powdered sugar
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
In a bowl, whisk egg whites into stiff peaks. You can use an electric mixer or hand whisk.
Gently fold egg whites and egg yolks into the dry mixture. Add milk to create a very light batter; do not whisk.
Gently stir whole blackberries into the batter until fruit is coated; do not beat.
Pour oil into a deep fryer or heavy deep kettle, and heat to 370°.
With tongs, fork or spoon, lower the battered fruit into hot oil, and fry for 3-4 minutes. Work in small batches.
Drain fritters on paper towels, and sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot.