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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fish and Chips

After experimenting with German in the past months, I've found a new interest in British recipes and here it is,  my new food adventure. I will be posting the British recipes I'm trying. Starting with one of Britain's favorites, Fish and Chips,

                

Ingredients
  • 2 oz/55g all purpose - plain flour
  • 2 oz/55g corn starch / cornflour
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup/75ml dark beer
  • 1/3 cup/75ml sparkling water
  • 1 lb/450g white fish fillet preferably sustainable cod, pollock or haddock
  • ¼ gallon/1 liter vegetable oil or other frying oil
Preparation
  • In a large roomy bowl mix together the all but 2 tbsp of the flour, cornstarch and baking powder. Season lightly with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Using a fork, and whisking continuously, add the beer and the water to the flour mixture and continue mixing until you have a thick, smooth batter. Place the batter in the fridge and rest for between 30 minutes and an hour.
  • Meanwhile, lay the halved fish fillets on a sheet of kitchen paper and pat dry. Season very lightly with a little salt. 
  • In a deep, thick bottomed saucepan, chip pan or electric fryer (if you have one), heat the oil until sizzling hot (test by dropping a ¼ tsp of the batter into the oil, it should sizzle and crisp up immediately).
  • Place the 2 tbsp of flour reserved from the batter mix into a shallow bowl. Toss each fish fillet in the flour, shake off any excess, dip into the batter then carefully lower each fillet into the hot oil. Fry for approx 8 minutes or until the batter is crisp and golden, turning the fillets from time to time with a large slotted spoon. 
  •  Using the same slotted spoon, once cooked remove the fillets from the hot oil, drain on kitchen paper and serve hot with chips (fries).
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