Ingredients

1 ½ cups milk

1 vanilla bean

1 ½ cups sugar

⅔ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

vegetable oil, for frying

½ cup raspberry jam

icing sugar, for dusting

Directions

1. Heat milk with scraped seeds and pod of vanilla bean over medium-low heat about 15 minutes, to infuse flavour. Remove vanilla pod and let milk cool to room temperature. Whisk sugar, oil and eggs into cooled milk. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon. Add to milk mixture and blend just until incorporated (do not overmix).

2. Fill a medium saucepot with enough vegetable oil to come up 2 inches in the pot. Heat to 350°F (or when water spits and bubbles when a drop is added). Drop tablespoonfuls of batter carefully into oil and fry about 5 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.

3. To fill with jam, poke a skewer into one end of the fritter and twirl a little to create an opening. Fill a piping bag with stirred jam and insert into fritter opening. Fill with jam and dust with icing sugar to finish. Serve fresh (within 4 hours).

4. Yield: 2 1/2 to 3 dozen fritters.

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