Mandazi fritters with cardamom-infused honey

Mandazi fritters with cardamom-infused honey

These small, sweet fritters are very quick and easy to make – excellent with a cup of coffee.

Mandazi fritters with cardamom-infused honey

Serves: Makes about 15 fritters

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 cardamom pods
  • 125ml (½ cup) honey
  • 240g (2 cups) cake flour
  • 10ml (2 tsp) baking powder
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 100g (½ cup) sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 125ml (½ cup) milk
  • 30g (2 tbsp) butter, melted
  • oil, for deep-frying
  • icing sugar, to dust

Instructions

1

Start by making the cardamom-infused honey. Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and gently crush using a pestle and mortar or the back of a large spoon. Add the crushed seeds to the honey and set aside. The longer the seeds and honey are allowed to steep, the stronger the cardamom infusion will be.

2

To make the fritters, sieve the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon and sugar together into a mixing bowl.

3

Combine the beaten egg, milk and melted butter in a jug, and pour into the flour mixture, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little more flour.

4

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface until it is about 1cm thick.

5

Cut small golf ball-sized rounds from the dough, either pinching bits of dough with your hands or using a round cookie cutter.

6

Heat enough oil in a heavy-based saucepan or a deep fryer to comfortably fry a few dough balls at a time. When the oil is hot, fry the dough balls in batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

7

When done, place a small quantity of icing sugar in a bag, toss in the mandazi and shake the bag gently to coat the fritters in sugar.

8

Mandazi are best served warm directly after cooking, doused with cardamom-infused honey.

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