HE’S Yorkshire’s self-styled Heston Blumenthal of the deep-fat fryer.
And now he is marking the start of the Easter holidays by giving South Yorkshire a taste of the deep-fried Creme Egg in batter, writes David Walsh.
Martyn Bilby is chucking the traditional piece of Easter confectionary into the oil at his Doncaster town centre chip shop and says it is proving popular.
It is his latest creation at his GJ’s chip shop at the Frenchgate Centre - and follows the deep-fried mince pies in batter he was selling for charity over Christmas.
He said: “Quite a few people have tried them already. They turn their noses up at first at the idea, but once they try them they eat their words and agree that they are really tasty.
“It is effectively putting something like a doughnut shell around the egg. The idea is to eat it quickly while the batter is still hot, and before the chocolote inside begins to melt. If you let them go cold it can get a bit soggy in the middle.
“I like to think of myself as the Heston Blumenthal of deep-fat frying - I will try anything.
“I have had people asking for some pretty strange things. Someone once asked my to deep-fry their BMX bike because they didn’t like the colour. I told him it wouldn’t fit in the fryer.”
Martyn has yet to decide what charity will receive the money from his latest scheme and says he is happy for people’s suggestions when they are ordering their eggs.
He says customers buying them so far have been of all ages - from children to the elderly. As for any suggestions that deep fried chocolate will be fattening and unhealthy, he says he fries them in oil that is low in saturates and free of transfats.
But he added: “I’m not saying they are healthy, but it is something for a treat.
“There are a lot of foods where if you eat too much of them it is bad for you, but I see these as just a treat for Easter.”
Could you eat a deep fried Creme Egg?
Here’s what some of you had to say - others can leave a comment below.
“I wouldn’t have one given to me - and certainly wouldn’t pay for one. It doesn’t appeal at all. I’m not into unusual food though I did once try tripe. I didn’t like that either.” David Goodwin, aged 64, a tax inspector from Cudworth in Barnsley.
“I’d have one. I once tried a deep fried Mars bar and some deep fried pizza. I got the pizza deep fried because it was cheaper than the ordinary stuff.
“And I have to say it was strangely satisfying.” Karl Smallwood, 20 a student from Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
“It doesn’t sound ideal when you have a pending obesity pandemic but, hey, why not? In fact the more I think about the more I want one. Where are they on sale? I want one now.” Alex Bennell, 20, a student from Norfolk Park.
“I try to eat healthily but can’t always afford it. So if someone offered me a free deep fried creme egg. I’d go for it. Don’t know whether I could eat two mind.” Claire Lawson, 20, a student from Hunters Bar.