Beer Batter

Recipe By : Cooks Illustrated May & June 2006

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper -- ground
table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 pounds thick white fish
12 ounces beer

Whisk flour, cornstarch, cayenne, paprika, pepper and 2 teaspoons salt in large mixing bowl; transfer 3/4 cup of mixture to rimmed baking sheet. Add baking powder to bowl and wisk to combine.

Thoroughly dry the fish (or whatever you will be coating), dredge in flour mixture on baking sheet and transfer piece to wire rack shaking off excess flour.

Add 10 ounces of beer to flour mixture in mixing bowl and stir until mixture is just combined (batter will be lumpy). Add remaining beer as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, whikskig after each addition, until batter falls from whisk in thin, steady stream and leaves faint trail across surface of batter.

Using tongs, dip one piece in batter and let excess run off, shaking gently. Place battered fish back onto baking sheet with flour mixture and turn to coat both sides. Repeat with remaining pieces keeping pieces in single layer on baking sheet.

Fry (fish) at 375F for 7 to 8 minutes until golden brown

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