close up of sweet potato fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters with Hot Buttered Rum Dipping Sauce

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These fried Sweet Potato Fritters with Hot Buttered Rum Dipping Sauce will take you directly to your inner child. Small, fried nuggets of spice-flavored batter made with moist, sweet potatoes and covered with a sprinkle of powdered sugar are the perfect dessert anytime. Enjoy them as is or served alongside a warm, decadent dipping sauce infused with rum!

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sweet potato fritters on a black cooling rack

Sweet fritters go all the way back to the 16th century, but my first memories began at local doughnut shops. Fritters came plain, or they were filled with all types of delicious surprises, most commonly apples, but in this recipe, the sweet potato reigns supreme. Every single bite shows off the natural sweetness of the sweet potato blended with vibrant flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla via The Spice Hunter spices.

the spice hunter spices including cinnamon and nutmeg

If you are a lover of doughnuts, then you can consider these fritters close cousins. These fritters are the ideal treat when you are craving something slightly sweet and simple. And because I never need an excuse to include rum in a dessert, pairing the fritters with a dipping sauce adds a little more flavor and takes it over the top…if you want it that way.

Because the fritters are not overly sweet, the Hot Butter Rum Dipping Sauce adds that missing piece for those who want to up the sweet factor. The Spice Hunters’ Hot Buttered Rum kicks things off, and when we add dark rum it’s all uphill from there.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

sweet potato fritters ingredients
overhead shot of sweet potato fritters

How to make these sweet potato fritters:

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place your sweet potato on a small baking sheet (paid link). Roast in the oven for 55-60 minutes until the sweet potato is tender throughout. Set it to the side when done and allow it to cool until it is cool enough to handle.

In a large bowl, add the sweet potato and mash using a potato masher (paid link). Add ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend until well combined using a hand mixer (paid link). Add in your eggs one at a time, blending until the batter is smooth.

Slowly fold in your self-rising flour, being careful not to overmix.

sweet potato fritter frying in oil

In a large pot or deep saucepan, add corn oil (you can also use canola oil) until the oil is around 3 inches high. You want the fritters to have room to float as they are frying. Once the oil reaches 375°F, drop batter into the oil using an ice cream scoop (paid link) or medium-sized spoon. Deep fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping each fritter as each side browns. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

close up of sweet potato fritters

To make the hot buttered rum dipping sauce, add your butter to a small pot at medium-low heat. In a separate small pot, add your water and begin to bring it to a boil. You’ll allow sitting to the side as you combine your other ingredients.

The spice hunter hot buttered rum mix in a pot

Once the butter is melted, add in your dark rum, half of the powdered sugar, and the boiled water into the pot with the melted butter, constantly stirring until Hot Buttered Rum Mix and other ingredients begin to a slight bubble. Add the remaining powdered sugar and allow to cook on low for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour in the vanilla extract into the pot, then remove from heat.

dusting powered sugar on the sweet potato fritters

Allow to cool slightly, dust with powdered sugar, and serve alongside your fritters. Just look at that glaze!

dipping sweet potato fritter in dipping sauce

The easy Sweet Potato Fritters are perfect for breakfast, brunch, and as an anytime snack! And if you love sweet potatoes, you should also check out my recipes for Moist Sweet Potato Muffins, Southern Sweet Potato Pie, Mini Sweet Potato Pies, Sweet Potato Pancakes, and No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars.

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dusting powered sugar on the sweet potato fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters and Hot Butter Rum Sauce


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Fried nuggets of spice-flavored batter made with sweet potatoes, dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect sweet potato fritters anytime.


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the Sweet Potato Fritters:

For the Hot Butter Rum Sauce:


Instructions

For the Sweet Potato Fritters:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the sweet potato on a small baking sheet (paid link). Roast in the oven for 55-60 minutes until the sweet potato is tender throughout. Set it to the side when done and allow it to cool until it is cool enough to handle.
  2. In a large bowl, add the sweet potato and mash using a potato masher (paid link). Add ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend until well combined using a hand mixer (paid link). Add in your eggs one at a time, blending until the batter is smooth. Fold in self-rising a little at a time. Do not overmix.
  3. In a deep saucepan, add the oil until it’s 3 inches deep. Once the oil reaches 375°F, drop batter into the oil using an ice cream scooper or medium-sized spoon.
  4. Deep fry from 2-3 minutes, flipping each fritter as it browns. Your fritter should be golden brown when done. Ensure the oil retains its temperature of 375°F in between batches.
  5. Remove fritters from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain.

For the Hot Buttered Rum Dipping Sauce:

  1. Heat a small pot to medium-low, then add butter, allowing it to melt.
  2. In a separate small pot, add water and bring to a boil, then set it to the side.
  3. Pour dark rum, 1 cup powdered sugar, and boiled water into the pot with butter and stir, bringing a slight bubble. Add hot buttered rum mix while continuing to stir.
  4. Once combined, add remaining powdered sugar and occasionally stir while cooking on low for 5 to 8 minutes. Add vanilla, stir to combine, then remove from heat.

Notes

You can substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour by adding 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) kosher salt to your all-purpose flour.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3
  • Calories: 514
  • Sugar: 61.6g
  • Sodium: 334mg
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 86.1g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 9.5g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg

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