I still had a couple of small Fuji apples in the fridge and I wanted a way to use them, without using the oven. I didn't want to eat them plain either!
So off I went to find a recipe and I found these beignets. Of course I didn't have pears so I doubled the apples instead. I also added cinnamon and nutmeg (a "simple" form of apple pie spice). Then I didn't have a vanilla bean so I used cinnamon sugar instead, although I didn't dip the beignets in the cinnamon sugar, I just placed it on the side as an optional "dip"
They were yummy, but I discovered that little balls of dough were better... they cooked faster too!
How I made them -
Melt 1/2 cup butter (I used salted butter) and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Remove from the fire then add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup all purpose flour; stir at once to incorporate. Place the pan back on the stove on low fire and continue stirring, less than a minute or so, until the dough thickens (dough should "come away from the sides of the pan"). Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl and let it cool several minutes. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition until no trace of the egg can be seen (I used a hand mixer). Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Fold in apple cubes (small cubes from 2 small Fuji apples).
Using half a tablespoon or a tablespoon measure, drop into super hot oil and deep fry until the the balls puff up and "crack" a little. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with cinnamon sugar on the side.
To make cinnamon sugar, mix together 1/4 cup fine granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder.