It's May the 4th again, and that means it's time to celebrate Star Wars. So dig out your Wookie onesie, twirl up your Leia buns and get ready to sink your teeth into some seriously light and flaky and oh so good Yoda fritters!
To make this recipe you will need:
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- 1 premade pie crust, thawed
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup cold milk
- green food coloring
- melted butter
You will also need
- Yoda cookie cutter
- Large pot deep enough to hold your oil
- Cup measure
- Sharp knife
- Pastry brush
- Rolling pin
- Small fork
- Paper towels
- Candy thermometer
- Cooling rack
The first thing you need to do is make your pudding. Because this is going to be filling our pies, we want it to be thicker than normal pudding. Cut the amount of required milk down by half. The box mix I used called for 2 cups of milk so I used only 1.
Mix up your pudding and put it in the fridge for now.
Now you need to dye your pie crust green. Unroll your pie crust and dab a small amount of food coloring in the center.
Knead the dough until the color is fully incorporated and you're happy with the hue.
If you find your dough sticking to your workstation as you knead, sprinkle a light layer of flour down.
Roll your dough out flat. You want it to be around 1/4 of an inch thick.
Using your Yoda cookie cutters, lightly press two Yoda heads into your dough.
You want to press just hard enough to transfer the image, but not actually cut through the dough.
For the back piece, use your pastry brush to lay down a good coating of butter, making sure to extend past the edge of your Yoda head by at least 1/4 inch.
In the center of this, place a spoonful of your thickened pudding.
Place your front piece down on top of your back piece, sandwiching in your pudding.
Carefully trim your edges down around your Yoda head, leaving an edge of between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in the dough.
Using your small fork (I used a pickle fork) gently press your edges together to seal.
Make sure you press the tines of your fork down hard enough to seal the edges, but not so hard that they go through your dough.
Repeat these steps with the remainder of your dough. Two pre-made pie crusts should be enough to get you six to eight Yoda Fritters.
Heat the oil in your pot up to 350F/176C and carefully drop in your fritters one at a time.
Allow each fritter to cook for between 3-5 minutes. As they cook, they should rise to the surface of the oil.
Carefully scoop your fritters out and let them drain on either a paper towel or a cooling rack.
Once your fritters are cool ... dig in and enjoy!
May the 4th be with you!