Apple and Cheddar Latkes

  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and halved
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 70g mature cheddar, grated
  • Vegetable oil

Grate the apples into a medium bowl. Toss with the lemon juice and add the salt. Allow to stand. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and pepper. In another small bowl, lightly beat the large egg and set aside. After the apples have stood for 5 minutes, gather them in the center of a few layers of muslin or a clean tea towel and squeeze out the excess juice. Place back in the bowl and add the flour mix and cheese. Toss until the apples are evenly coated. Add the beaten egg and mix until completely combined. Pour vegetable oil into a frying pan until it reaches 2cm up the sides. Once the oil is medium-hot, drop in a heaped tbsp. of the apple mixture. Slightly flatten with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes on their first side for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip and cook for another minute. Transfer to kitchen roll to drain, then keep warm in a preheated, very low oven. Repeat the process with the remaining apple mixture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of black pepper.

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