What’s your favourite part about the Holidays? Is it staying in cozied up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book, getting messy in the kitchen decorating gingerbread men, or spending valuable time with your loved ones? It’s hard to pick a favourite activity, but no matter what you love, fritters can make the perfect pairing for all of your favourite festivities this Christmas season.
Read on to find out how you can incorporate fritters into your Holiday activities, this is snow joke!
Serve as Dessert at your Family Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner is arguably the best part of Christmas day (mostly because that means it’s time for wine), but what kind of Christmas dinner would it be without dessert? This is the time when the laughs are flowing like the booze and everyone is in a great mood. Don’t worry about running to the store to buy that last minute pie for guests, when you could have a dozen fritters ready to go!
They’re simple, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds. Fritters pair great with festive drinks and fit the holiday mood perfectly, especially our cherry cheesecake fritter or our classic apple dusted with cinnamon sugar. Put a scoop of ice cream on the side for a little something extra!
Pair them with your favourite hot cocoa on a cold winter day
The cold can be a pain, but isn’t it just the best feeling when you can stay inside and cozy up with a good movie or book, and a warm beverage?
The only thing that gets better than this, is adding a yummy snack into the equation. Pair our maple pecan fritter and with a warm cup of your favourite hot cocoa or latte! The snuggle is real.
Decorate your fritters with friends or family
Do you love decorating gingerbread cookies for Christmas? Well, your gingerbread man just got revamped. Bring out your creative side and decorate fritters instead! We design our fritters as stars, triangles, hearts and so many more shapes that you can choose from.
We lightly dust our fritters with fine sugar, but you can add icing, sprinkles, crushed up peppermint candies, Christmas candies, or whatever other toppings your creative mind comes up with! This is a great, kid-friendly activity too!
Give them as a Christmas gift!
As a business owner fritters would be a great gift to your clients to say ‘thank you’ for your business or your friendship over this past year. It’s unique and adds a personal touch that shows you put thought into your gift.
Fritters are also a great gift for any of your loved ones. I mean really, who can say no to freshly made dessert?! If you’re not sure what flavours someone will like or if you aren’t able to deliver the gift right away, we are selling gift cards too.
Not sure which flavours your clients and/or family would like or have to send their card through the mail? Consider purchasing a gift card!
Bring them to any holiday work party
We love holiday work parties, but it’s always a struggle thinking of what to bring that someone else won’t already have! If you want to stand out at your work party and bring something that everyone is sure to love, stop by or order ahead online.
Check out our recent blog post to read more on why fritters should be a staple dessert for any work or personal event!
Visit us at one of our many locations this winter:
Our bakery in St. Thomas, Ontario at 779 Talbot Street or Saturday and Sunday at The Western Fair Farmer’s Market
Happy Holidays, Stay Warm, and Fritter On!
If you’re looking to host an event, whether it be social or professional, desserts should never be a question. You see, a good dessert dictates the vibe of the event. Once everyone has gone home, its the last thing on their minds. That’s why nothing completes a dinner party or business luncheon like the perfect fritter.
You may ask, why do fritters make the perfect dessert for events? Let us tell you why…
To start off, fritters come in a variety of flavours to fit everyone’s taste preferences. Fritters can range from fruity, light, rich, savoury or sweet. They also offer a great twist to a holiday treat. For example, if you’re hosting a Halloween party with fritters – you might consider buying apple and pumpkin fritters to fit the occasion.
Another fantastic reason to consider fritters for your events is the fact that there is no mess or clean up. Let’s be real, with everything else that comes with planning an event, a delicious dessert shouldn’t be something to stress about. Fritters are easy to grab and eat. Plus, you can easily set up a beautiful display in only a few minutes.
Affordable, yet delicious
Another bonus, you won’t have to break your piggy bank to get your hands on these scrumptious fritters, compared to buying an expensive cake that will only end up half eaten!
Still not convinced? What if we told you that it will be something people won’t forget. Think about any recent event you’ve been to. Was there cake or fruit for dessert? Probably. Fritters are something that everyone will remember because they will stand out amongst the crowd. How can you go wrong with a deep-fried dessert, filled with goodness, and dusted with sugar?
You can create a stunning display with a range of shapes, and create a personalized, lasting impression on your guests. At the end of the day, it’s a fresh idea that hasn’t been overused!
They pair well with every occasion!
If you’re having a casual get together, this will most likely consist of appetizers, drinks, and desserts. Any fruity flavours in fritters will bring out the bitter flavours of beer and go together easily with any food served. Apple, strawberry, and blueberry are classic flavours to have with every occasion and will be sure to satisfy anyone who attends.
If you’re having a fancier dinner party, don’t cross fritters off your list just yet! In life, there are few things that go better together than chocolate and wine. Nutella or brownie fritters will pair perfectly with a glass (or two) of wine at a dinner party and are guaranteed to have everyone feeling happy.
Are you planning on meeting someone for coffee or a business meeting? This is the sweet spot for fritters. They are the perfect icebreaker for a quick meeting over coffee. They are comforting, easy to munch on and give a personalized touch to your get together. Maple pecan or almond deluxe would match flawlessly with a warm beverage.
The sweet news is that dessert is clearly an important part of any event! We highly recommend that planners and professionals consider fritters as a staple for any event!
If you live in the London or St. Thomas area, you can pre-order half a dozen fritters for $9.95 or a dozen fritters for $19.50, or come see us at any of our locations (The Market in London, Ontario and our Bakery in St. Thomas) to see what seasonal flavours we have!
Can’t wait to see you soon!
What do pumpkin patches, apple orchards and Arva flour mill have in common? They are just a few of the necessary and amazing locally available ingredients needed for a successful and cheery holiday baking season!
The holiday season is here! Which for the bakers among us, means its time to don our aprons, open our cookbooks and make a BIG floury baking scene (a regular occurrence at The Fritter Shop)! But, before you start to whip up a fresh apple pie or your favourite holiday treat, set the stage for success with a holiday baking plan and of course, a few volunteer taste testers!
Here are our top 5 holiday baking season tips to make this year’s kitchen projects as fun and full of holiday cheer as possible.
1. Holiday To-Bake List
Save all your favourite Pinterest recipes, grab your favourite cookbooks, pour yourself a cup of hot apple cider and make a list of all the delicious things you want to bake this year! Narrow down the list by considering time constraints, cost of ingredients, family favourites and skill level required! Check out our blog post, Five Fritter Recipes You Need In Your Life, for some delicious fritter-inspired recipes (including warm fritters paired with dulce de leche ice cream!
2. Make It Look Pretty
Take your holiday desserts and festive table to the next level by using baker’s twine, mason jars, or tags and labels! At The Fritter Shop, we love brown kraft packaging for its natural look and environmentally friendly features!
3. Clean, Clean and Clean Some More!
Who doesn’t LOVE a clean kitchen?! It makes it way easier to find all your ingredients and have the space to make a new mess…and we need a TON of space to roll out our fritter dough! Also, as a part of cleaning, check your ingredients. Toss any expired ingredients or last years holiday baking powder and baking soda, as their rising powers have likely disappeared!
4. Inspire Your Own Mini Chef In Training
Some of our favourite memories come from cooking in the kitchen with the family, especially around the holidays. Inspire the tiny baker in your children by letting them get in on the action. A mini apron and a few cooking utensils will make them feel like it’s the real deal! Let them help measure out ingredients or tell them a story about the baking process!
5. Taste Test (Need We Say More?)
The absolute best part about baking is seeing and tasting the deliciously baked product YOU made! If the baked goods are going to be given as gifts, you may even want to make that first batch for your family, so you can perfect the recipe!
If you find yourself running out of time before your big event or you simply just want to be a taste tester rather than a baker, we have you covered this holiday season! From the classic apple fritter to the pumpkin fritter, The Fritter Shop will make sure your Holiday party is fritter-licious!
Happy Baking, Fritter Fam!
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Your school bag is packed, your brand-new outfit is picked out, and your lunch box is in the fridge – you’re ready for your first day back at school…
We’re nostalgic at The Fritter Shop about back to school. Whether you’re in elementary, high school, college, university or even parents sending your kids off to school, this time of year is always highly anticipated.
We always get excited and feel the buzz of back to school excitement. This is especially true since we’re on campus at Western University for their weekly market on Tuesdays and get to see all the excited faces on campus!
The nostalgia sets in as we bake our fritters in the morning and are reminded of school activities, field trips, and dare we say it recess fun!
The classic Apple fritter reminds us of school field trips on the bus to the apple orchard to pick fresh apples. The best part was eating all the fresh apples right off the tree. Plus, this is where we found our favourite apple, the Ida Red, which we use in our fritters today from a local orchard in Blenheim, Ontario!
Our Nutella and Brownie fritters remind us of sharing snacks with friends during lunch time. Can you recall the endless trades that took place with our favourite snacks (or ones mom/dad didn’t pack in our lunch boxes)? Once lunch was over, we were back in our classrooms, meeting new teachers, making new friends and if we were lucky, we left on the first day without homework!
Raise your hand if you could be found in the library with a box of brownie fritters? No judgement!
After school, snacks were the BEST! School sure does make you work up a real appetite. Our Blueberry, Peach and Raspberry fritters remind us of a platter of fresh fruit after a tiring day at school.
It may even remind us of the mix we had in our drinks when we hit Barney’s after class!
After dinner, we would all sit around the table as a family, share desserts and chat about our first day back to school. Can you guess what dessert we had?! If you guessed fritters, you were right! It was the best way to end the first day back to school, with fritters, friends, and family.
What did you or do you love most about back to school?
Although fritters are the best Dutch dessert, they certainly aren’t the only delightful option!
Dubbed the world’s pastry power, the Dutch have many delicious recipes that have been passed down for generations. These recipes have truly stood the test of time and are still enjoyed today! Trust us when we say, it is hard to have just one.
Here are five of our favourite Dutch desserts.
Stroopwafels – Dutch Caramel Waffle Cookies
Stroopwafels literally translates to syrup waffle. Best served hot, this sweet snack is made from two thin waffle cookies and a sticky syrup filling in the middle. First made in the town of Gouda in the Netherlands in the 18th century from baker’s leftovers, such as breadcrumbs, spices and syrup, this sweet snack is renowned around the globe! Stroopwafels are best eaten with coffee or tea. Next time you have a stroopwafel, try placing the round disc on top of your mug and let the steam soften and warm the stroopwafel!
If you are visiting Amsterdam you can find freshly made stroopwafels at Amsterdam street markets like Albert Cuypmarkt and Noordermarkt.
Local tip – if you buy a hot stroopwafel, don’t hold it vertically while eating it, as the warm syrup will slide out of the waffle!
Speculaas – Dutch Spiced Cookies
There is a big chance that you have already tried speculaas, as the well known ‘windmill cookie’, but did you know it came from the Netherlands?
Speculaas is made with a mixture of spices including, cinnamon, mace, cloves, ginger, pepper, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and anise. Traditionally, a certain amount of this prepared spice is added to the dough mixture. The dough is then pressed into moulds and voila, you have the subtle, but deliciously spiced windmill cookie!
Poffertjes – Small, Fluffy Pancakes
Similar to the North American style pancake in consistency and taste, a poffertjes is a tiny pancake made using yeast and buckwheat flour. The poffertjes are prepared using a pan with shallow indentations to hold batter and make perfectly puffed small pancakes. Traditionally, they are served with powdered sugar and butter, however, sometimes they are eaten with other toppings including, stroop (syrup), slagroom (whipped cream) or aardbeien (strawberries). These can be found all over Amsterdam and the Netherlands at markets and street corners. Access to delicious desserts all the time…dangerous, right?!
Drop – Salty Liquorice.
Unlike North American licorice, which is red and sweet, dutch dropjes are black and salty
You may be wondering, how are you even considering this a dessert..salty black licorice?! While in fact, the Netherlands has the highest licorice consumption per capita in the world and drop is enjoyed by many for dessert! Plus, drop comes in all flavours and sizes!
Tompoes or Mille-Feuille Pastry
Similar to a Napoleon in the USA, a Tompoe is a delicious pastry with two layers of puff pastry, filled with sweet yellow vanilla pastry cream and has a very smooth and very sweet layer of icing on top. Typically, the icing is pink, however on days like the King’s birthday, the icing will be found to be bright orange! This Dutch pastry is usually served with coffee or tea in the morning, late afternoon or at birthdays.
If you have ever eaten a mille-feuille, you know it is quite complicated to stay clean and classy while eating them. Tompoes are the exact same! They are usually served on a small plate with a small fork, but the brittle pastry makes it near impossible to eat a piece in a dignified way! Crumbs everywhere!
What is your favourite Dutch dessert?
Is it stroopwafel or tompoes? Speculaas or poffertjes?
Oh, wait…we know what your favourite dessert is…it’s FRITTERS!
When you’re in the mood for a home-baked item, something sweet and/or savoury, people often turn to brownies, cupcakes, or cookies to indulge in. For those looking to expand their baking repertoire, fritters are an amazing way to curb those cravings!
Here are five recipes our expert fritter team recommends, to continue your fritter journey (after you stop at the Fritter Shop, of course!)
Italian Frappe Sweet Fritters
An Italian in My Kitchen really brings a taste of Italia to these sweet treats. Fried dough strips are topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with gooey chocolate. It’s simple, yet classic. Yes, you’re definitely more cultured after making these! Check out the recipe here.
Fritters with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Jamie Oliver’s recipe pairs hot, delicious fritters with a soft, rich dulce de leche ice cream. So decadent, so sweet, and all from your home! Get the recipe here.
Sweet Zucchini Fritters With Vanilla Ice Cream and Apricots
The beauty of fritters is you can add your own twists! These sweet zucchini fritters are a unique take on a traditionally savoury dish. Paired with a sweet vanilla ice cream and juicy apricots, this dish will be sure to impress your friends. Get the recipe here.
Jamaican Banana Fritters
Enjoy a taste of paradise with these traditional Jamaican banana fritters! Deep frying these bad boys makes them delightfully battery, light, and crunchy. Get the recipe here.
Cheesy Chicken Fritters
We had to include other great fritters! The beauty of fritters is their flexibility! For the family member who insists on a savoury dish, you can delight with these cheesy chicken fritters from Natasha’s Kitchen. Paired with a garlic aioli, it will make even the saltiest of people into fritter fans. Get the recipe here.
Remember Fritter Fam: if you want a box of classic sweet fritters, head on over to The Fritter Shop in St Thomas or at The Market at Western Fair every Saturday 8 am – 3 pm! See you there!
You can also place an order online for pick up right on our site!!
We look forward to seeing you!
How do you prefer your fritters??