Mario Batali's Apple Fritters
An 'Iron Chef' Inspired Dish Featuring Apples
Over medium-high heat, heat a four quart pot with vegetable oil to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add the buttermilk, in a steady stream whisking all the while. In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture until smooth and it coats the back of a metal spoon. In a separate bowl, combine the cayenne pepper and confectioner's sugar. Dip sliced apple rounds in batter and fry until golden brown on both sides. Put apples on paper towels on a sheet pan to absorb the oil. Sift cayenne pepper and confectioner's sugar evenly over fritters.