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Batter Variations

Updated on January 2, 2018
5 stars from 2 ratings of these batter recipes

There Is a Different Batter for Every Occasion

Batter may be used in many recipes both for summer and winter dishes.

There are many different kind of batter depending on the filling, but usually it is an oil fried dish.

You can make fish, meat, vegetable or even fruit battered. Else you may also put the batter in the pan and fry it all alone. This will be called "Gonfiotti" in Italian.

Here are presented some Italian batter dishes. There may be variations of the same dish depending on the place where you live.
Also you may want to change the recipes presented in here by your taste, depending if you want a lighter dish or a full round tasty one.

Upon every group of batter recipes there is a general way of doing it. This batter is good for every ingredient you'll decide to use (for example: general batter for meat is good with every meat dishes) because it will not cover the taste. If you are not sure about the batter described in the recipe, you may want to use the general version instead.

I hope you will enjoy cooking and eating all of them as much as I did!


Batter for Vegetables

Usually the batter for vegetables is done with water and milk in equal parts.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: serve it as a side dish

Tools :

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 mixer / kitchen whisk

Ingredients :

  • 200 g / 7 oz of flour
  • 1/2 glass of sparkling water
  • 1/2 glass of cold milk
  • 1/2 coffee spoon of bicarbonate

Preparation :

  1. Sift the flour and the bicarbonate in a bowl
  2. Gently add the cold milk and mix it with a mixer / kitchen whisk
  3. Add the sparkling water while continue mixing.

Fried Stuffed Zucchini Flowers in Batter

Easy to make in 40 minutes, this recipe works well as a side dish, appetizer, main dish, or even second.
In the past was used to fry flowers in Europe, but zucchini flowers only arrived around '500 after the discovery of America.

Tools :

  • 1 bowl
  • some blotting paper / scottex
  • 1 mixer / kitchen whisk
  • 1 pan
  • 1 pastry bag
  • 1 pie dish
  • 1 wood spoon

Ingredients :

  • 16 zucchini flowers
  • 500 g / 17.64 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dl of beer
  • 150 g / 5.29 oz of flour (+ some for panate)
  • a table spoon of olive oil
  • a cofee spoon of salt
  • a coffee spoon of pepper

Instructions for the Preparation of the Fried Stuffed Zucchini Flowers Recipe

  1. Stir 2 eggs in a bowl with the mixer / kitchen whisk.
  2. Incorporate the flour gently while mixing with a wood spoon from the center to the border of the bowl.
  3. Pour the beer into the bowl while continue mixing. (the beer must not be cold, so don't put it in the fridge).
  4. Add a coffee spoon of salt and left it rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Clean the zucchini flower by cut the pistil.
  6. In a pie dish mix the ricotta cheese with the remaining egg, salt and pepper.
  7. Put the ricotta in a pastry bag and fill the zucchini flowers from the bottom (the pistil section of the flower).
  8. Roll the flowers in the batter prepared earlier and then in the flour to dry them.
  9. Fry them in a pan with hot oil until they are golden brown .
  10. Drain them from the remaining oil on a piece of blotting paper or a paper towel and serve them.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 300
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Saturated fat 2 g10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g white flour
  • 100 g rise flour
  • 1 glass of sparkling water
  • 10 g parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 lemon
  • seeds oil
  • 40 shrimps

Vegetable fritters

These fritters are perfect as aperitif or else as appetizer.

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 40 min

Yields: ingredients for 4 people,serve with zesty tomato sauce.

Ingredients :

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 75 gr of mini-corncobs
  • 150 gr of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of chili pepper, powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 15 cl of water
  • 50 gr of cornstarch
  • 100 gr of white flour
  • sunflower oil

Prep time: 45 min

Cook time: 30 min

Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Yields: ingredients for 4 people

Instructions for the Preparation of the Vegetable Fritters

  1. Divide the broccolis in flowers and cut the carrots and zucchinis in slices
  2. Parboil the vegetables for 1 minute in boiling water
  3. Whisk the egg in a bowl and pour the water
  4. Add the chili pepper, the flour and the cornstarch
  5. Add the salt and mix it with a kitchen whisk until it become dense
  6. Dip the vegetables in the batter and fry them in a pan with hot oil for 2-3 minutes
  7. Drain them from the remaining oil on a piece of blotting paper / Scottex

Batter for Fish

Instead of water, is used beer to prepare a simple batter for fish that can be used anytime.

Skewers of Shrimps in Batter

This is the perfect accompaniment to every fish meal, may it be in summer or winter or else.

  1. Wash the shrimps and dive them from the head and the shell.
  2. Sift the flours in a bowl then add the egg and the glass of sparkling water.
  3. Whisk gently with a kitchen whisk until you get a smooth and homogeneous product.
  4. Mix it with the chopped parsley and salt.
  5. Pierce the shrimps in the skewers and plunge them into the batter.
  6. Drain them and fry them into a pan with hot oil until they are golden brown .
  7. Drain them from the remaining oil on a piece of blotting paper or a paper towel.
  8. Squeeze the lemon over the skewers and serve them.

Batter for Meat

Instead of water, is used wine to prepare a simple the batter for meat that can be used anytime.

Batter for Fruit

Instead of water and milk, is used melted butter and a coffee spoon of cognac to prepare a simple batter for fruit that can be used anytime.

Baked Fruit in Batter

This recipe is based on the French "clafoutis/milliard" which is a cake with cherries baked in a pancake batter in the oven. You can make this cake with only one fruit, like in the original French recipe with black cherries or even add all the different fruits that you want, depending on the season.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 30 min

Ready in: 40 min

Yields: ingredients for 8 people

Ingredients :

  • 75gr white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125g) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon of rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of softened butter
  • 1 cup (250ml) full-fat milk
  • 500g apples, apricots, black cherries, cherries, sour plums, prunes or other fruit

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Pour into a mixer bowl the flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla, rum, salt, butter and milk then beat.
Pour about one tablespoon of batter into a buttered baking dish and then add the fruit cut into pieces with the skin on top.
Pour the remaining batter on top of the fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes then turn the oven off.
I sprinkle a little bit of icing sugar and serve it as is.

Fruit in the Muscat Wine Batter

In winter fruit is eat less often than in summer, but this super-sweet recipe will make you forget the seasons!

Ingredients :

  • 200 gr of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml muscat wine
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 apples
  • 400 gr of pineapple
  • 80 gr white flour
  • 200 gr sugar
  • seed oil
  • 20 gr olive oil
  • salt

Instructions for the Preparation of the Battered Fruit Recipe

  1. Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs and put them in 2 separate bowls

Japanese Batter

Also called Tempura, it is a lighter batter variation which is used just to put a soft strato on the food instead of fully cover it with a thick stato.

Ingredients :

  • 200 ml sparkling water
  • 100 gr white flour or rice flour
  • some ice
  • 1 yolk egg (if you want)

Tips :

Never slap the batter but gently mix it instead, with the wooden spoon or the kitchen whisk or the mixer.

The batter must be fluid, it must not stick at the mixer / kitchen whisk.
If it sticks, you must add water and milk in equal parts.

© 2017 Mickji


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      Robert E Smith 4 months ago from Rochester, New York

      All of these recipes sound so good. I loved the way you described the process. I don't cook much but I'm going to try the Baked Fruit in Batter. It sounds delicious. My wife has been talking about making a different kind of pancake and this recipe reminds me of pancakes. I will share this recipe with her so she can try over the Christmas season sometime. Loved the article and look forward to your next one. Bob.