Sunday, December 2, 2012

LID: Fritters Around the World

 Apple Fritter by Aaron Gustafons

December 2nd

 Fritter Day!

Happy National Fritter Day! 

What in the world is a fritter? I'm glad you asked that question. According to a fritter is "a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed." Sounds delicious, doesn't it? 

What's in a Name?

 The term fritter was first used between 1350 to 1400 AD. It is derived from the Latin word frictura or frictus which is the past participle of frigere. Frigere means to roast. The Middle English changed the word to fritour while the Anglo-French converted the word to friture. It eventually evolved to the word fritter.

Fritters are known throughout the world yet not everyone calls them fritters. Get our your suitcase and cooking supplies as we take a trip around the world.

Great Britain

The Union Jack by geishaboy500
Region/ Name/ Link
Merseyside  - Scallops  
North East of England - Scones -
North Lancashire - Batch Cakes

And here are some links to traditional English Fritter recipes:

A 15th century English Fritter recipe:


In Spain, Fritters are called Bunuelos. The origins of Fritters in Spain can be traced back to the Arabs who had settled in the country starting in 711 AD.  You can read more about the Arab history of Spain at this website:

When the Spanish colonized the New World they brought the recipe and tradition of eating Bunuelos with them. The recipe spread throughout South and Central America resulting in a wide variety of Bunuelos recipes throughout the region.

Here are just a few variants of the recipe:




Costa Rica:ñuelos


In Germany, Fritters are called by different names depending on the type they are.

Here are some recipes:

Here's a video in German that teaches you how to make Potato Fritters. It has English subtitles.


Eleven countries make up the area known as Southeast Asia.  These countries are shown on the map above from wikipedia. Fritters are know by several different names depending on the country you are visiting. Below are some links to traditional Southeast Asian Fritters. 


Known as bakwan sayur

Known as Maruyang Saging
The Caribbean is a group of several groups of islands. Like Southeast Asia, each country has a different name and recipe for Fritters. Here are just a few.

Known as Frituras de Maiz tierno. (Corn Fritters)

Known as Beyens (Banana Fritters)



South Africa:
Known as  Pampoenkoeky

West Africa:
Known as Akara

All Over Africa:


Young India by Yogendra

India has different names for Fritters depending on the type of Fritter that is made. Here are just a few. 




Masala Vada:

United States

American Flag by uhuru1701

Our last stop on this Fritter Around the World tour ends in the United States of America. Fritters are more popular in the Southern ares of the country than the north. Here are a few Fritter recipes including one from Hawaii. 

Hawaiian Pineapple Fritter:

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Fritters:

Sweet Potato Fritters:

American Apple Fritters:

Well that concludes our International salute to the Fritter. I hope you enjoyed the recipes.  Which one is your favorite? 


  1. I didn't know this, and I love a good apple fritter. Thanks for the info :)

    1. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy the recipes.