Fuczki

  • These are sauerkraut pancakes or fritters.
  • I found this recipe from Southern Poland recently and thought they sound like “cousins” of:
  • Kotlety with cabbage
  • Kotlety with sauerkraut
  • Kartoflane placki 
  • Vegetable fritters
  • So I had to give them a try.
  • They are super!
  • They will be added to my list of best recipes to be made often.
  • They are best eaten “fresh from the pan”
  • But you can keep them warm in a low oven.

Ingredients

  • 300g sauerkraut
  • 1 onion
  • 150g white or spelt flour
  • 200ml of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
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  • Sunflower oil to fry
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  • Flaked salt to serve with
  • Sour cream  or a garlic mayonnaise/yoghurt dip
  • Good with fried eggs and bacon

    Method

  • Drain the sauerkraut and place in a clean tea towel and squeeze out any excess liquid.
  • Chop it finely.
  • Finely chop the onion.
  • Whisk the milk and eggs, then slowly start adding the flour.
  • Add the sauerkraut and onion and mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper (remember that the sauerkraut is already salty).
  • In a frying pan heat up the oil.
  • Place tablespoons of the mixture into the pan.
  • Fry till golden on both sides..
  • Place them  on a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess fat.
  • Serve with sour cream or fried eggs and bacon.
  • Vintage Pyrex – plate
  • Meakin pottery – Topic – plate

Apple Pancakes 2

  • Looking through one of my Polish cookery books, I came across this recipe for a batter for racuszki with apples.
  • These are more like American style pancakes and I would call them apple fritters in England.
  • The original recipe used soured milk , so I used thick full fat Greek style yoghurt thinned down with water.
  • The original recipe used sweet eating apples but my Bramley apples are now ripe and I used one of these.
  • They were delicious and this will be my batter of choice from now on.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bramley apple or 2 eating apples
  • 1 egg
  • 100g plain flour
  • 125 ml thick full fat Greek style yoghurt
  • 60 ml of water (you might need a little more)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
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  • Sunflower oil to fry in
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  • Icing sugar to dust.

Method

  • Mix the egg, yoghurt, water, flour and baking powder together.
  • You are aiming for a smooth, thick batter.
  • You may need to add a little more water.
  • Cover and leave to rest for 1 hour.
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  • Peel and core the apple.
  • Cut into thin slices.
  • Put the apple slices into the batter and coat all the sides.
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  • Fry the fritters in hot oil.
  • Turn them over to do both sides.
  • Take them out and put onto kitchen roll.
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  • Keep them warm in a low oven whilst cooking the rest.
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  • Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Sweetcorn Fritters

  • I have been making these for years but cannot remember where I got the recipe from.
  • Originally I used one small carton of natural yoghurt.
  • I now buy large pots of yoghurt and I use my 125ml measure instead.
  • I always use tinned sweetcorn but you can use frozen sweetcorn, cooked and cooled.
  • There are lots of ways to eat these – I often have then with grilled bacon and fried eggs.

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml of yoghurt
  • 125ml of milk – some extra might be needed.
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn (340g) – drained
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric – optional
  • Sunflower oil to fry

Method

  • Put the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre.
  • Add the eggs, yoghurt and milk.
  • Mix together – a Danish whisk is good for this.

  • Aim for a thick batter – add a little more milk if necessary
  • Add the sweetcorn and mix again.
  • Heat a little oil in a frying pan.
  • Drop large tablespoonfuls of the batter into the pan.
  • Cook on both sides.
  • Keep warm on a plate in the oven whilst making the rest.

Variations

Add some chopped spring onions or chives to the batter or chilli flakes or chopped chilies.