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Birds eye sadly no longer make these, a very common potato side in the 70s and 80s which I'm trying to recreate. The batter was very light and golden, almost like a tempura batter, sort of flaky but crispy at the same time. The potato was quite dense, if memory serves correctly, it was whole potato pre-cooked, rather than a croquette like mixture.

I've tried using a seasoned plain flour and water batter (using both plain and self-raising flour with sparkling water), but the consistency was too doughy.

I suspect they have added some ingredient to the batter in the same way professional bakers add flour improver to bread.

Any suggestions as to what I could try? I was thinking of a very thin tempura batter with smoked paprika to give colouring using par-boiled potato discs, but I'm not sure if this would adhere properly or be the correct thickness. The batter on the fritters was a few millimetres thick, but nowhere near as thick as you would get on fried fish for instance.

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    Did you try adding baking powder?
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 18, 2022 at 18:20
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    Were they "Birds Eye Oven Bake Potato Fritters"? In which case, Spar have a page listing the ingredients with "Batter (Wheat Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt, Baking Powder (contains Rasing Agents E450, E500))". Sunflower oil is used. Feb 18, 2022 at 18:27
  • Packet looks different from what I remember, but the BP and SMP sound like the key ingredients to me. What sort of ratio would I need of these?
    – Greybeard
    Feb 18, 2022 at 19:16
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    Andrew: that sounds like an answer, post it?
    – FuzzyChef
    Feb 18, 2022 at 23:01
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    "Coodjegoa burdzeye potato frittur?" - ah, the memories of my Scottish childhood. Feb 19, 2022 at 15:54

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Spar used to have a page* for "Birds Eye Oven Bake Potato Fritters" listing the ingredients with "Batter (Wheat Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt, Baking Powder (contains Rasing Agents E450, E500))". Sunflower oil is used.

* Lost, and not even available through the Wayback Machine as far as I can find: https://www.spar.co.uk/deals-and-groceries/frozen-foods/frozen-potato-products/other-frozen-potato-products/birds-eye-oven-bake-potato-fritters-650g

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