Gifts in a Jar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
About 1 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rum
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon butter
Fritters: Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
Stir in sugar, then add egg, butter and just enough milk to form a soft, but not sticky, dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until smooth.
Divide dough in 8 to 12 pieces; shape each piece into a ball.
Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, shape balls into flat cakes. Using the back of a metal spoon, make a shallow indentation in the top of each cake.
Heat a deep-fat fryer two-thirds full of oil to 375 degrees F.
Fry a few cakes at a time for 5 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
Drain on paper towels.
Serve fritters in individual bowls topped with syrup.
Syrup: Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn heat down and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until mixture thickens to a syrup.
Remove cinnamon stick. For a more distinct rum flavor, you may wish to omit the rum while the syrup is cooking, then add the rum after you remove the saucepan from the heat.
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