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Weight Watchers’ Recipes: pumpkin fritters

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You have likely heard the term, frittering your time away, but you may not have known exactly what it meant. In that sense, frittering means wasting or squandering; however, as a verb, it can also mean to break or tear into small pieces, or to shred.

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Many of you may prefer the noun definition of the word fritter which is “a piece of food, such as apple or clam, which is dipped in batter and fried in deep fat. That definition is derived from the Old French word friture and the Latin word frictus which both mean fried, roasted. It may also be related to the term frīgere, meaning to fry or parch.

A fritter is a catch-all phrase for a little cake-like morsel of food that's traditionally doused in a batter (or chopped up and combined with batter) and deep-fried. Fritters can be eaten as a main course, a side dish, a dessert or a snack. They can be made from just about any main ingredient, but the most popular ingredients tend to be crab, corn or apples.

An example of another ingredient which can be used is pumpkin as described in this recipe for pumpkin fritters.


  • 2 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 sliced enriched white bread, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Artificial sweetener to equal 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender container; process until smooth.
  2. Drop by spoonful onto a preheated nonstick skillet.
  3. When bottom is browned, turn to brown on other side.
  4. Serve hot.
  5. Makes 1 morning or midday meal serving.
  6. Supplement as required.

Each serving is equivalent to: 2 ounces Limited Vegetable; 1 Egg; 1 serving Bread; ⅛ serving Milk (2 tablespoons skim milk).*

*Based on Weight Watcher rules in 1978 when the Weight Watchers’ New Program Cookbook by Jean Nidetch was published.

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