This is a very simple dessert and you can consider it a blank canvas for any of your favourite toppings, since it goes so well with honey, ice-cream, spices (especially cinnamon!), nuts and even herbs. These were a favourite snack in our family, we very often had a plate full of apple fritters in the middle of the table in the kitchen, ready for grab-and-go.
Most of our Romanian apples come from the south of the Carpathian Mountains, a region called Muntenia or Wallachia. The indigenous apple tree varieties have been mixed with the Jonathan apple from the USA, or with the Belle de Boskoop from the Netherlands. They have been producing delicious apples since the 18th century.
Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples are a very good substitute, if you don’t have access to Romanian apples.
Combine the egg yolk with the buttermilk and milk, then gradually add the flour, salt and sugar. Stir in the grated apples. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold them very carefully into the apple mixture.
Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan, then using a tablespoon, drop some of the apple mixture into the pan. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Set aside on a plate to cool, then serve them with a sprinkle of granulated sugar, cinnamon and any other of your favourite toppings.