Monday, July 18, 2005

How to Deep Fry an Oreo - Getting Started

The batter is made out of common household ingredients that you probably already have.

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (yes, salt, even in a dessert)
1 cup milk (we use 1% because that's what we have, but 2% or whole would work too)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar (yes, vinegar, even in a dessert - don't worry, you won't taste it)

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Stir all the wet ingredients together in a separate small bowl. With a whisk (or a spoon or a fork or whatever you've got) mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Stop as soon as everything is moistened. Don't worry about getting the lumps out and definitely don't use a food processor or blender to do this job. Lumps are good. Believe me. Do NOT try and take the easy way out and use pancake mix. Yuck.

The batter should by kind of runny, like very thick cream or crepe batter. If it is too thick add some more milk. If it is too thin add some more flour. If it's just right, move on to the next step. Don't let the batter sit around on the counter - snap on some plastic wrap and put it in the fridge if it has to wait.

Time to prepare the area. Deep frying takes organization and concentration. It should never be undertaken by children or adults who are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a bad case of the giggles. NEVER leave your hot oil alone and don't let it get too hot. It needs you. Have a fire extinguisher or a lid handy just in case. Read the instructions on your fryer and do what they say. If you are using a pot, make sure that it is deep enough to hold the oil and the desserts with plenty of head room. Use vegetable oil and heat it to 190 degrees celcius (375 fahrenheit). For the best results use a fryer or a thermometer to make sure your oil is at the right temperature. Too low and your dessert will soak up grease and too high and it will burn. You don't want that, do you?

Your fry station consists of some flour, your batter, tongs, a deep fryer or deep pan and thermometer and a sheet pan covered in paper towel with a rack on it.


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