Named for the region of Illinois where Jeni first enountered them, these fritters from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts are filled with corn, deep-fried, and dredged in powdered sugar. They're airy and oily, with crisp little bits of sweet corn.
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With fall upon us there's no reason to let pumpkin have all the fun. Squash lends a light sweetness and mild earthiness to these doughnuts and it also happens to make for a very tender and fluffy cake.
Bursting with bright lemon filling poking out of their blowholes, these little bombs from Glazed, Filled, Sugared, & Dipped come with accessories like sweet rhubarb chutney and crunchy, nutty pistachio florentines to crowd a dessert plate.
"Baci" is Italian for "kiss". And these kisses are as light as air. Flavored with anise liqueur, these fried delights should flutter into your mouth as fast as you can turn them out. Nigellissima has the recipe.
For folks outside of New Orleans, the square, fried fritters which are covered (perhaps buried) in powdered sugar are probably most closely associated with the French Quarter's famed Cafe Du Monde, a coffee shop established back in 1862.
These crispy apple rings by Chef Donald Lockart of Cusp restaurant in La Jolla, California are like a sweet spin on onion rings.
This classic Indian dessert of cakey doughnut-like balls drenched in sweet syrup gets a twist with grated bittersweet chocolate.