Try Eating Soda for a Change with These Deep-Fried Sarsi BallsJuly 6, 2015
Deep Fried Sarsi Balls. I have to admit, when the idea of this recipe was first brought up, I wasn’t too keen about it. Just the thought of cola (which I haven’t consumed in the past two years) being deep-fried felt like a heart attack (or an expanding waistline) waiting to happen. Fast-forward to a few days later and I find out I’m the one assigned to write about it and get said scheduled heart attack. Great. I take it like a pro and write a suicide note that I leave under my pillow for my husband to find.
When I got to the shoot, the first thing I asked the chef was what the hell these Sarsi balls were. I find out that they are not goopy black slime, but instead are deep fried donuts made with Sarsi-infused batter. I stared at them and told myself that these balls won’t kill me. I took a bite and immediately felt like I was in Coney Island. The balls were light, fluffy, and the glaze added a fun dimension to the dish with a subtle cola taste. While the flavors are not the most sophisticated, they’re definitely interesting, and make for one tasty dish that could fit in any fair across America.
Deep Fried Sarsi Balls
Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yield: 20 balls
Ingredients: Sarsi Balls
- 1/3 cup Sarsi
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp yeast
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups oil
Ingredients: Sarsi Glaze
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp Sarsi
Procedure: Sarsi Balls
- Prepare the electric mixer.
- Add milk into a pan and heat it until it’s lukewarm.
- Add yeast and sugar and wait for 5 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and with a hook attachment, mix for 1 minute.
- Add the Sarsi and continue mixing.
- Add flour 1 tbsp at a time until it’s fully incorporated.
- Continue mixing for 5 minutes on a medium-high setting.
- Remove the dough and on a flat surface, knead the dough for 1 minute.
- Roll out the dough until it’s .5 inches thick.
- Cut out round shapes using a cookie cutter and place these on a greased tray.
- Once portioned, place a damp cloth on top and proof for 1 hour in a hot place.
- Place oil in a pot and heat until it bubbles.
- Place donuts on the pan, a few pieces at a time, careful not to overcrowd the pot.
- Fry the donuts at 2 minutes per side or until golden.
- Remove donuts from pan and place in a wire rack.
- Dust donuts with icing sugar.
Procedure: Sarsi Glaze and Assembly
- Mix powdered sugar and Sarsi in a bowl.
- Using a pastry brush, glaze the donuts.