Apples in a bathrobe is the literal translation of the dessert called jablcka v zupane in Slovakia. I imagine it apples in a bathrobe got its name because slices of apples are drenched in a batter and then fried, topped with cinnamon and sugar. It feels like a hug or a cuddle in a bite, like a bathrobe is on a cold winter day.
I used my apple corer and peeler for this recipe and it worked wonderfully. If you don't have one, you can use the tip of vegetable peeler to core the apple and then peel it. Either way will work just fine. You then simply slice the apples dip them in the batter and fry them. Once out of the fryer you sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. They are truly a delightful bite, and we loved it with a nice robust cup of coffee to end our International Cuisine meal.
There used to be over 300 varieties of ancient apples that were grown in Slovakia, today there are about 50 mostly foreign varieties. I used a granny smith for this recipe and loved how the tart apple contrasted perfectly with cinnamon and sugar. You can also dip them in ground walnuts and sugar or simply sprinkle them with just powdered sugar. Which ever way you choose, you will love them. Apples in a bathrobe are a true delight.
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Apples in a Bathrobe
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 apples Granny smith or similar
- 1 cup oil for frying
For the topping
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and sugar Optional
- 1/4 cup ground walnuts Optional
- 1 Tablespoon Powdered sugar Optional
- Peel and core the apples and cut into round slices about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Mix all the other ingredients into a bowl until smooth, a whisk works well for this.
- Preheat the oil in a frying pan over medium high flame.
- Dip the apple slices into the batter and then immediately into the oil taking care not to overcrowd the pan, fry for about 3-4 minutes and flip to the other side until golden brown.
- Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil
- While still hot sprinkle or dip into your desired topping.
- Serve warm