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       Title: CARAMEL FRIED APPLES OR BANANAS
  Categories: Chinese, Desserts
       Yield: 6 servings
  
     1/2 c  All purpose flour
       2 tb Cornstarch
     3/4 ts Baking powder
     1/2 c  Water
       2    Golden Delicious apples -or-
       2    Bananas
            Salad oil
     2/3 c  Granulated sugar
     1/3 c  Warm water
       1 tb Salad oil
       2 ts Sesame seeds
  
   In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder.
   Add water and stir until smooth.  Peel and core
   apples; cut each apple into 3 wedges. (If you use
   bananas, peel and cut in 1/2 inch thick diagonal
   slices.)  Place fruit in batter and turn to coat
   evenly.  Into a deep pan pour oil to a depth of about
   1 1/2 inches.  Heat oil to 350 degrees.  Using
   chopsticks or a spoon, lift one piece of fruit at a
   time from batter and let excess batter drip off, then
   lower fruit into hot oil.  Cook several pieces at a
   time until coating is golden brown (about 2 minutes).
   Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
   Generously oil a flat serving dish.  Fill a serving
   bowl to the brim with ice cubes; cover with water.
   Place sugar, water and oil in a ten inch frying pan;
   stir to blend.  Place pan over high heat. When mixture
   begins to bubble (about one minute), shake pan
   continuously to prevent burning.  Continue cooking and
   shaking pan until syrup *just* turns a pale straw
   color (about 9 minutes).  Immediately remove from
   heat, add sesame seeds, and swirl to mix.  (Syrup will
   continue to cook after you remove it from heat and
   color will turn golden in a few seconds.)  Drop fruit
   into syrup and swirl to coat evenly.  Using two
   spoons, immediately remove each piece of fruit and
   place on oiled dish so pieces do not touch. At table,
   dip each piece of fruit in ice water so coating
   hardens and fruit cools.  Serve.
  
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