17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, January 13, 1913: Nothing much for today.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Something must have happened a hundred years ago today. I wonder what the Muffly’s ate on that mid-January day.
The dishes they ate probably were made with local ingredients that were available in January. I’ve been enjoying trying old fritter recipes, and have warm, fuzzy, memories of eating apple fritters on cold winter days.
Old-fashioned Apple Fritters
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 medium apples chopped
approximately 1/3 cup shortening or lard
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, egg, and milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in apples.
Heat shortening until hot in large frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot shortening. Flip fritters and fry until golden brown on all sides. The fritters may need to be flipped several times to completely cook due to the thickness of the batter.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
Makes 12-16 fritters.