Sunday, December 05, 2010

Vegan 5 Spice Sesame Fritters

I developed this recipe for Northeast Flavor's website and figured I should post it here too. I am somewhat hesitant because it is not healthy, but it is Hanukkah and in the spirit of honoring the oil here ya go! We'll be back to our regular scheduled program tomorrow with a delicious and healthy recipe for White Bean Borscht.

I added 5 spice powder, sesame seeds and orange zest ( from my freezer of course ), but you could any of your favorite spices. I was originally going drizzle syrup over these, but decided to roll them in cinnamon sugar instead. They would be really delicious drizzled with chocolate. ( just melt chocolate chips with a couple T of chai tea )... chocolate, orange and 5 spice is an amazing flavor combo and the toasted sesame seeds would burst in your mouth with a nutty surprise.

5 Spice Fritters
  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1  tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp orange zest 
  • 1 1/2 -2 c all purpose flour
  • heaping 1/4 t salt
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  1. Place water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl. Let yeast bloom for 10 minutes
  2. Add spices, olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, zest, flour and salt
  3. Stir well until it resembles a very thick batter/dough. It will be too sticky to knead
  4. Cover and let rise for an hour 
  5. Heat oil to 375 in at least a 3 qt pan
  6. Drop by heaping tablespoons and fry for several minutes ( until golden brown on all sides )
  7. Toss in sugar mixture directly from the oil (as long as your oil is hot enough, they will not be very greasy at all )
Serve warm.


  1. These look yummy...a little treat can't hurt once in a while! Happy Hanukkah!

  2. These look so good! Definitely worth the occasional indulgence. You mention that you used orange zest from your freezer. I'd like to start freezing the zest from my citrus fruit, but I'm not sure how to do it. Do you freeze it inside an ice cube? Or just by itself in a bag? Or ... something else entirely? Thanks!

  3. I had a GF donut yesterday....too much sugar but good otherwise. These look good too! Wonder if it would work with GF flour.

  4. Happy Hanukkah! These fritters look really wonderful!

  5. I would have eaten them with you had I been at your house. I used extra oil in honor of Hannukah, too, when frying up some chickpea croquettes. Though they weren't deep fried, they might as well have been.

  6. radioactive vegan, do freeze zest, I peel it with a vegetable peeler making sure not to get any of the pith and then put it in a freezer bag. Whenever I use any citrus, I automatically peel it first and freeze the zest. It is a great thing to have in the freezer for extra flavor!

  7. Bitt, I think they would work just fine with GF flour

  8. For some reason I can see your pics on your blog, but not on the PPK. I love your blog and your food. Thanks for the hint on the zest too!

  9. I like the addition of 5 spice in really gives it something special.