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Crispy sweet apples

Published Friday, April 30, 2021

By Melissa Pette

On these beautiful, quiet, peaceful and romantic rainy April afternoons, there is nothing better than having a coffee, or hot chocolate (or wine for me) with a sweet snack. Right?

Well, our new friend Mark Collignon from Australia invites us to enjoy a twist on everyday jam bread and make such tasty and sweet-smelling crispy apples.

Mark allowed me to tell you a little bit of his story. He now lives in Tamarindo Beach and even though the change seemed unexceptional compared to his hometown of Cordeaux Heights in New South Wales, love was the motivation for relocating here.

"After two divorces there isn't much left in my life," said Mark. "But my life changed when I met who is now my best friend and wife, Rocio, the most beautiful Tica, the one."

Mark says he can feel love again. Love his new wife, his neighbors, and the Pura Vida style.

W’all love happy endings. We’re very happy for you Mark!

So, let's go to the kitchen and make those yummy crispy sweet apples.

Crispy sweet apples

By Mark Collignon
From New South Wales, Australia.
Living in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste.

These crisp, perfectly sweet apple snacks are a super easy homemade treat that we can make in a few minutes. The cooking time is 30 mins. The ingredients for serving 8 people are:

• 4 chopped apples.
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
• 1/4 cup white sugar.
• 1 tsp salt.
• 1tsp cinnamon powder.
• 2 tsp baking powder.
• 2 eggs.
• 1 tsp vanilla extract.
• 2/3 cup milk.
• 2 tbsp melted butter.
• Oil for frying.
First, wet ingredients. In a bowl, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk them well.

Second, dry ingredients. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon powder. Mix well.

Then, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add melted butter and mix well. Add finely chopped apples to it and fold together until almost combined.

Heat some oil in a pan. Scoop some batter and add it to oil. Fry them in low to medium heat. Keep an eye on the oil temperature and the color of the fritters.

The darker the fritters the crisper they will be. If you fry less time means the steam from inside the fritters will seep out and soften them.

You can also roll the hot fritters in cinnamon sugar (mix 1/2 cup of sugar with a tablespoon of cinnamon) or glaze them.

Crispy apples are ready! Enjoy with hot tea, chocolate or coffee.

Thank you so much to all readers, especially to those who shared their recipes with all of us. Stay safe indoors. It is time to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

More delightfully appetizing recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page. Don't forget to share your recipes and photos by emailing

Pura Vida and Salud!

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