A small, sweet
or savory, deep-fried cake made either by
combining chopped food with a thick batter
or by dipping pieces of food into a similar
batter. Some of the more popular foods used
for fritters are apples and corn.
fritter comes from the Latin frictura
("fried") by way of Old French and Middle
English. It is used to refer to a number of
In British fish and chip shops the fish and
chips can be accompanied by optional extras
and many of these are called fritters which
means a food item (such as a pineapple ring
or an apple ring or some mushy peas) fried
in batter. Hence: pineapple fritter, apple
fritter, pea fritter etc.
Small cakes made with a primary ingredient,
mixed with batter, and fried, are found in
many American cuisines. "Corn fritters"' and
"apple fritters" are well known. Fritters
may use regular flour, cornmeal, or a mix.
In a good fritter, the taste of the primary
ingredient should predominate and not be
overwhelmed by the taste of the batter. New
England clam cakes, Maryland crab cakes, and
Philadelphia scrapple are essentially
varieties of fritter.
In Canada a fritter is a variety of holeless
doughnut with apple flavoured ones being the