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glazed fritters with apples on wire rack
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5 from 8 votes

Easy Homemade Apple Fritters

In less than 30 minutes you get to enjoy scrumptious and comforting apple fritters. These fritters are just like donut but better – a crunchy outer, beautifully soft inside, luscious sugar glaze and bonus fresh crisp apples filled inside it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 fritters
Calories: 129kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • cup milk plus extra if needed
  • 3 Granny Smith apples or use other apples like Honey crisp, Gala, Fuji, you can also use a mix of Granny Smith and Honey crispy together, peel, cored and diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For The Glaze:
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ to ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • First peel, core and dice a couple of apples.
  • I used a peeler to peel apples.
  • Use apple slicer to core and chop into thick slices.
  • Cut each slices into ½ inch cubes.
  • Immediately transfer cubed apples into a bowl. Drizzle freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of kosher salt on top. Toss to coat all pieces with lemon juice and salt. This will prevent apples from browning.
  • Heat oil in a dutch oven or a heavy pot fitted with thermometer. Heat it up until oil reaches 375 degree Fahrenheit.
  • To make batter – in a bowl add eggs, milk and sugar. Beat it until it’s well combined.
  • Then add dry ingredients – all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder (optional) to the egg mix.
  • Whisk it around to get all combined together. Do not over beat it.
  • Dump in all the chopped apples and mix until apples are all covered.
  • Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to scoop out apple laden batter into hot oil. Space out each portion so there does not stick to one another.
  • Do not over crowd the pan. Do it in smaller batches. This will help maintain the temperature of the oil. If you fry too many of them at a time, temperature of the oil in dutch oven will drop and fritters will not brown evenly and will not turn crispy as expected. Fritters may absorb a lot of oil as well if over crowded, so avoid frying too many at a time.
  • Fry until one side begins to turn golden brown. Flip and fry on other side until golden brown.
  • Note – keep an eye on the temperature of the oil and the fritters themselves. Try to maintain the temperature at 375 F.
  • If you want fritters to have crispy outer, fry it for a few seconds longer or until they are dark brown. The darker fritters are fried, the crisper they’ll get.
  • Transfer fried golden brown fritters onto a kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. Let the fritters sit on kitchen paper towel for few seconds then transfer it to a wire rack to cool.
  • Before adding in the next batch make sure temperature is back at 375 degree Fahrenheit
  • Repeat the steps for rest of the apple batter left out.
  • To make glaze –
  • Whisk together powdered sugar, milk (or water) and a drop of vanilla extract. Whisk into lump free mix.
  • Spoon the glaze over apple fritters rested on wire rack.
  • If you have patience, wait until glaze sets. If you are like me, just pick those sticky glazed fritters and gobble them up. Who cares about messy fingers, when your dessert is so irresistible!
  • To make double glazed apple fritters – wait for the first glaze to set completely. Then pour around round of sugar glaze on apple fritters.
  • To make cinnamon sugar dusted fritters – sprinkle cinnamon on fried fritters while it’s still hot on both sides and enjoy.

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Notes

  1. The batter for coating apples will be bit runny. That’s how it’s supposed to be. If batter is too thick, it’ll not coat apples evenly and will result in thick batter coated apples.
  2. Stuff in LOADS of apples into the batter. Don’t get tempted to add in more batter ingredients to make more batter. You want a thin coating of batter over apples. Too much dough will leave you with muffin like dish not fritters.
  3. Choose apple that is crisp, firm and has wonderful sweet and tart flavors for the recipe. Granny Smith, honey crisp, Fuji red apples are best choices.
  4. Fry apple fritters in oil that is heated to temperature 375 F. Fritters will absorb less oil. Try to keep the temperature of the oil at 375 degree for all the batches you fry.
  5. Do NOT OVER MIX the batter. Whisk until just combined. Over mixing will result in fritters that are tough. It isn’t very pleasant to eat tough fritters.
  6. Do NOT OVERCROWD the pan while frying. Space fritters from one other so they don’t stick.  Fry them in smaller batches.
  7. Keep the thermometer fixed to Dutch oven all the time to keep an eye on temperature and try to maintain it at 375 F.
  8. Using heavy pot like Dutch oven helps maintain oil temperature.
  9. If you want to make crispy fritters, fry for few extra seconds until they are dark brown.
  10. Feel free to add double glaze to apple fritters if you like it sweeeet. 
  11. Instead of glaze you are free to dust fritters with cinnamon sugar as well. Up to you which one you want to choose.
 
Nutrition values mentioned are for single medium sized fritters.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg