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Pear Fritters

 Pear Fritters
"My husband and I enjoy these fritters with morning coffee," writes Kelly Cox, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + rising Cook: 20 min.


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium ripe pear, peeled and chopped
  • Additional oil for deep-fat frying
  • Sugar or confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk, oil and honey to 120°-130°.
  • Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add eggs; beat on
  • medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in pear. Cover and let rise in a
  • warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop
  • batter by tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until
  • golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar
  • while warm. Serve warm. Yield: about 3 dozen.