Why Fritters Should Be Your Staple Dessert At Any Event

Why Fritters Should Be Your Staple Dessert At Any Event

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.

No Fuss!

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!

Unforgettable…

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Guide to Holiday Baking

The Fritter Shop’s Guide to Holiday Baking

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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Welcome Back to School

Welcome Back to School

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?

 

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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?!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

Five Fritter Recipes You Need In Your Life!

Five Fritter Recipes You Need In Your Life!

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?? 

Fritter vs. Donut

Fritter vs. Donut

Picture this: you’re standing in line at your favourite coffee shop. The sugar craving has hit you like a big truck. You’re itching for a delicious baked good, with fruity flavours. You finally reach the front of the line, but you’re stuck.

Should you get a fritter or a donut?

What seems like a very simple decision (fritter, obvs) is actually complex. They’re both delicious baked goods and the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of coffee on a cold Canadian morning. They’re both so, so easy to grab a box of and bring to your coworkers (you’ll be the most popular person in the office!)

But there are some facts which differentiate our favourite baked goods. We’re here to help you make an informed decision. You should totally pick a fritter over a donut, but that’s simply our biased opinion.

Over 10 million donuts are made in the US each year. You don’t want to be one of the crowd. Pick a fritter!

Fritters are versatile. Have you heard of a donut that you can make out of zucchinis? Me neither. Fritters are like chameleons. Pick a fritter.

Donuts are just round. Or square. But always boring. Have you seen donuts that come in beautiful heart shapes? You should totally pick a fritter.

The Fritter vs. Donut - The Fritter Shop

Did you know there are different versions of fritters in different cultures? While in Canada we love our classic sweet fritters, lots of cultures around the world don’t have quite the same sweet tooth. For example, Indian pakoras and Japanese tempura dishes are all forms of fritters! Sweet, right? Pick a fritter!

You can have fritters for all of your meals! The variety of sweet and savoury fritters means you can have one of our sweet fritters for breakfast, corn fritters for lunch, and tempura for dinner! I know I’m sold. Pick a fritter.

The sheer variety and exciting nature of fritters means it’s absolutely the right choice to have with your morning coffee. Stop by our store in St. Thomas or visit us at the Western Fair Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, 8 am – 3 pm for your fritter fix!

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