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  • Apple Fritters

    filed under: Cakes on October 25, 2018

    Apple Fritters made with a cakey batter incorporated with juicy apples are the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and may even remind you of a stuffed funnel cake. But better of course! My favorite part? You can have this fabulous Apple Fritter in front of you in 30 minutes!

    If you love donuts you might also like my Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts or my Donut Ball Coffee Cake.

    Apple Fritters

    Apple Fritters

    These Apple Fritters use a few basic ingredients and come together really fast! They also happen to use fresh apples, so that’s always a bonus when I am trying to justify donuts for breakfast. 😉

    Tips for the Best Apple Fritters

    In the instructions, I suggest starting to heat your oil after the batter has come together. The first few times I made these I would start the oil right away (trying to save time) and I would always forget and the oil would get too hot and burn the batter. Boo, hiss! Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to allow the oil to get to 375°F after the batter has come together. Try to also use a pan that is bigger than you would need, as there can be hot oil splattering and that is never a good thing.

    The batter itself appears to be thin and you may wonder, how is this ever going to puff up into a beautiful fritter? But trust me, it will.

    I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe as they hold up beautifully when baked or fried. We did try Honeycrisp apples and liked it, but when we tried Red Delicious apples, it wasn’t our favorite. The texture of the apples was almost the same as the donut and there wasn’t as strong of an apple flavor. When possible, opt for a Granny Smith!

    Apple Fritters

    Can You Bake These Apple Fritters?

    I don’t recommend using this specific recipe for making Baked Apple Fritters. I tried adding the batter to a muffin tin, but they do not rise up as beautifully when baked.

    Homemade Donut Glaze

    You may have noticed that I opted for water instead of cream or milk in the glaze recipe. When coating donuts you want the glaze a little thinner than you would use for cakes or cookies.

    Another option instead of glaze? Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when cooled. It’s just 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You could also dust them with confectioner’s sugar. Or simply enjoy plain!

    Each batch only yields about 5 fritters, so double it if you have a large family. They are best eaten within 24 hours so if you can eat them all, maybe drop some off for a neighbor or teacher. I tried freezing once and didn’t like how they turned out when thawed, so it might be easier to just whip up a new batch when you get a craving. 🙂

    5 from 5 votes
    Apple Fritters
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
    “Cakey” batter incorporated with juicy apples make these apple fritters the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and reminiscent of a stuffed funnel cake. But better!
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: apple fritters
    Servings: 5
    Calories: 269 kcal
    Author: Amanda
    Apple Fritter
    • 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 -3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into bite-size pieces (about 2-3 apples)
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • ¼ cup (61g) whole milk
    • Vegetable or canola oil, (for frying)
    • 1 ¼ cups (150g) confectioners sugar, sifted
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
    • 3-6 teaspoons teaspoons water
    Apple Fritter
    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice and apples. Set aside.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and eggs on medium speed until fully combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in two additions. Mix until just combined.
    4. Pour in the milk and continue to stir until incorporated.
    5. Fold in the apples.
    6. Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.
    7. Drop ¼ cup of batter into the oil and let fry until golden brown. Flip and fry until the opposite side is golden brown. To test for doneness, insert a small knife into the center. If there's still uncooked batter in the center, fry for a bit longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
    1. Make the glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached.
    2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry. 

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    Hi, can gluten free flour be used for these?

      You can try but I have not tested it. The consistency might be different.

    Love this recipe, quick easy to follow..delicious!

    Hi. This may sound strange but could this batter be used to make pancakes if the apples were diced smaller? It just popped into my head.

    Do you have a recipe for pumpkin fritters? I cannot get the measurements correct.

    can you use butter milk instead of whole?

      I have not tested that, so I am not sure it will taste as good.

    I can’t wait to try these.

    Thank you for this recipe!!

    Thank you for this recipe! Delish

    I made these fritters today and my family loved them. Thanks for such an easy and fast recipe!

    Have you tried to make these Vegan?

    Could these be made in an air fryer??

    Thank you for sharing the recipe.I made these and love them,I made these for my mom and she couldn’t believe I made them which when I tasted them as soon as I cooked them I was amazed.thanks again

    Is there a decent doughnut/fritter that can be made in an air fryer?

    What can I substitute lemon juice with?

    Any thoughts about a deep fat fryer instead of a skillet?

    These were delicious. Just my husband and I so the batch size perfect. Thank you!!

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