Double Corn & Honey Fritters with Honey-Bacon Drizzle


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YIELD: Makes 12 large fritters (4 to 6 servings)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 slices thick-sliced bacon cut into 1.5 cm pieces
  • 3/4 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup dark honey
  • 1 1/2 cup corn niblets fresh raw or drained canned
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 T light honey

DIRECTIONS

  • Fry the bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Lift from the bacon fat with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined plate. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and black pepper until well blended. Stir in the corn.
  • In a small bowl whisk the buttermilk and honey until blended. Add to the dry ingredients and fold until thoroughly blended.
  • Heat about 4cm of oil in a deep heavy pot until hot enough to sizzle and brown a crust of bread or 190° on a deep-frying thermometer.
  • Add the batter by heaping tablespoonfuls to the hot oil. Fry, turning as they brown, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon lift the fritters from the oil to a tray lined with double thickness of paper towels.
  • Heat the additional darker honey in a saucepan set over very low heat, stirring, just until warmed, about 1 minute. Add the bacon to the warm honey and serve with the fritters.

Recipe courtesy of Marie Simmons, cookbook author.

Please Note: Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Recipes are courtesy of the National Honey Board et al. Visit www.honey.com