Okay, okay....so you might be thinking right about now that I'm taking this whole "use the eggplant" thing to a whole new - and maybe not-so-good? - level.
But I, most respectfully, beg to differ.
I've found a whole host of "dessert" eggplant recipes out there. (And thank you Google...)
But I didn't find one that said "make me - today" to me.
So I decided to throw caution to the winds and come up with my own idea of what a dessert-with-eggplant should be.
Number one criteria - it should taste so good, I'll immediately go work out after eating it.
Number two criteria - the kids should NOT be able to tell that there's a vegetable in it.
Number three criteria - see number one.
And yes, yes...there is such a dessert. At least there is in my house.
And I have the feeling that I'll have many more willing hands next year when I ask for assistance in planting the eggplants....
- 2 medium eggplants
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar (plus more for topping)
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon (plus more for topping)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Next, wash off the eggplant, but leave the stems attached.
And pierce the eggplant with a fork, on all sides.
Line a baking dish with foil. (Or if you're me, and can't find a baking sheet or dish that is actually clean, take a cast iron skillet and line that with foil...)
Pop the eggplants in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until they "deflate".
Allow them to cool and slice them lengthwise. Scrape out the insides, and process in a blender (or food processor) until smooth, and pour into a mixing bowl.
Add in the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well, then add the egg and maple syrup, stirring well to combine.
Heat up about 1/2 inch of canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and when hot, drop the batter into the hot fat, by tablespoons.
Turn when browned on the first side, and continue to cook until browned on the second side.
Roll the frittters in a cinnamon-sugar mixture, and serve hot.
And don't tell the kids that there is anything remotely healthy in them.
Trust me, they'll never know.
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