Fichi Fritte – fried figs

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This decadent dessert is a typical variation of the Sicilian deep-fried street food.

Ingredients for batter - pastella
  • 10 T. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 5 T. water
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 T. olive oil

Instructions:

 

  • 4-6 small fresh ripe figs per person, wiped clean and stems removed
  • pastella (batter-see below)
  • corn oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling

Prepare the batter/pastella:

In a bowl, mix the flour with the baking soda and salt. Separately mix the water, lemon juice, and olive oil, and add it to the flour mixture. Beat with a whisk until smooth.

To fry the figs:

Heat a layer of oil about 2 inches deep until smoke is barely visible (350°F – 375°F). Dip the fruit into the pastella, then fry in batches until golden brown. Do not crowd the fruit in the oil. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot, sprinkled with powdered sugar.