The best mornings start with fresh warm apple fritters. They take your doughnut game up a level and this recipe makes perfect fritters every time!
Why are perfect apple fritters so hard to come by?
The best apple fritters are made with crisp apples for the flavor.
Lastly, bump up the apple fritter flavor with pressed or condensed ciders.
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For the Apple Fritters
- 2 granny smith apples, or other firm and flavorful apples
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp teas salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup apple cider, alternatively, try a pressed condensed cider for more flavor
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, and cooled
- 3 cups oil for frying
For the Apple Cider Glaze
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider, or try a seasonal cider for bonus flavors
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Line a flat work area with paper towels or clean kitchen cloths. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed high walled Dutch Oven or similar pot over medium-high heat, leaving at least 1" from the rim of the pan to the surface of the oil for safety. Heat the oil to around 350 degrees (use a candy thermometer for temping the oil).
- For the fritters, peel , nd core the apples then dice them into 1/4" pieces. Arrange the diced apples on a lean single layer baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels.
- Working quickly, so the apples don't brown, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Toss the apples into the flour mixture to coat.
- In another bowl, which the apple cider, eggs and butter together to combine.
- Pour the cider mix into the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Working in batches, scoop about 1/3 cup batter into the hot oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side, making sure the oil doesn't cool too much between batches. Remove the fritters with a slotted metal spoon, draining access oil back into the pot. Place the fritters on the wire rack to cool, at least 5 minutes.
- Continue for the remaining batter.
- To make the glaze, whisk the confectioners' sugar, cider cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. When ready, spoon a heaping tablespoon over the warm fritters and allow to set 10 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 895 Total Fat: 72g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 62g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 223mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 38g Protein: 4g