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Directions for: Orange Fritters

Ingredients

1/3 cup unsalted butter

½ cup milk

2 tsp sugar

pinch salt

Grated zest of an orange

1 tsp orange flower water or a dash of orange extract

1 cup flour

3 eggs (you may need 4)

4 cup frying oil

icing sugar to garnish

Directions

1. Put the butter, milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan, along with 1/2 cup/125 ml water. Bring to a boil. Add the zests and orange flavouring. Take the pan from the heat and add the flour all at once, beating with a wooden spoon until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Put the pan back on the heat for half a minute, stirring to dry the paste somewhat. Remove again and let cool, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, the equivalent of one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition to make a smooth paste that falls easily from a spoon, but is not runny.

2. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer until sizzling, but not smoking –350ºF/175ºC. Roll the balls of dough in the palm of your hand (or simply shape with spoons), no bigger than 3/4 inch/2 cm, and fry, turning once or twice, until they have puffed up to double their size, cooked through completely, and coloured evenly to a nice golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle very generously with icing sugar. Serve warm, or store in an airtight container to eat later.

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