Fruit Fritters With Lemon-Bourbon Sauce

Course : Cajun
Serves: 32
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3/4 cup flour -- all-purpose
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg -- beaten
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon butter or margarine -- melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup vegetable oil for deep-frying
4 medium apples
4 medium pears
4 medium bananas
---lemon-bourbon sauce---
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup bourbon
3/4 teaspoon lemon rind -- grated
4 teaspoons lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

1. Sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. 2. Combine egg, water, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients until just blended. 3. In Dutch oven or deep-fat fryer, heat 2 inches oil to 375F. 4. Core apples or pears (do not pare); cut into eighths. Peel bananas and cut into eighths. 5. Dip fruit slice in batter; drop into hot oil and fry until golden on both sides. 6. Drain briefly on paper towels; serve hot with Lemon-bourbon Sauce. *** LEMON-BOURBON SAUCE *** 1. Combine sugar and cornstarch in small saucepan; stir in water. 2. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. 3. Remove from heat; stir in butter until melted. 4. Add bourbon, lemon rind and juice; mix well. 5. Serve warm or cold.

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