Old Tavern Corn Fritters Recipe

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Two co-workers who also subscribe to Taste of Home helped me convince the owners of The Old Tavern, Gary and Ralph Haskins, to give out the recipe. It has been a secret for nearly 200 years.—Laura Lagasse, Unionville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Maple syrup, warmed


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder; set aside. In another bowl, beat the eggs and milk; stir in corn and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until blended.
  2. In a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls into hot oil; fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with syrup. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Old Tavern Corn Fritters in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p51

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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"These fritters had a great texture but lacked on flavor. We ended up having to throw them out because no one wanted to eat them. I would make them again but add seasonings for flavor."

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Best ever. I grew up near the Old Tavern. Mom and I loved the fritters."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"A little bland to our liking. Will add sugar or honey to the batter next time. Very nice and light, not greasy at all."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2009

"You can also try injecting them with honey. We think they are great as is, but we are not big on salt in our house."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"first glace I thought the batter was too thin, but they turned out great- we had with syrup and everyone enjoyed."

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