The apple fritter is one of the best things ever fried by man.
A few weeks ago, I attended a breakfast which happened to include a glorious platter full of a wide variety of donuts. Cake donuts , Raised donuts, Crullers, Bismarcks…the gamut. Only one problem. Actually a major problem. There was only one apple fritter sitting on top of that pile, like an anchor keeping the rest from floating away, and before my gluttonous brain had time to signal my hands into action, it was gone.
The loss instantly triggered a quest for top notch fritters in the Twin Cities, and a recent jackpot trip to Mel-O-Glaze in South Minneapolis found me standing in front of a pile of them “fresh out the fryer”.
However, the plans for them mostly included ice cream. Truthfully that was the only plan. The goal was to see if we could make an ice cream that fully and accurately represented all of the goodness that is the Apple Fritter. Which meant more than just simply throwing chunks of them into a cream.
It also had to pay off some of the willpower it was going to take to not eat my way through the bag I just bought.
I will repeat: willpower.
As we do in many of our flavors that incorporate a baked good, a few of these fritters were cubed and baked off in the oven until they were dried out and crunchy. Unfortunately, this process actually made them even better, and harder to resist.
Little nuggets of pure gold.
As you might remember from the Apple Crisp flavor a few weeks back, we had some fantastic heirloom Wolf River apples we roasted and as it happened there were a few left. A nice little extra apple flavor to pair with the fritter.
Finally my favorite part – the last of the fritters were thrown into the cream base, to take a nice long bath and leech all of their apple frittery essence into the base.
This is where the Apple Fritter gets doubled up.
What we ended up with was nothing but apple fritter. Apple fritter ice cream, littered with chunks of roasted apples and apple fritter croutons.
And as every week previous, you can win one of two available pints of this weeks flavor, just leave a comment on our facebook page to be entered into the drawing. If you don’t have a facebook account, leave a comment right here on the blog. We’ll draw two winners on Friday afternoon (11/4/2011) at 4pm and will announce them on our facebook page. Our only conditions are you must be able to pick it up here in Minneapolis, and be willing to give us a little feedback that can be shared with everyone else. Good luck!