Fritter Away Your Apples – Yum!

A rare treat in our house, anything deep fried. Apple fritters is one of those recipes! Fall in the northwest means harvesting apples from our trees, eating, and preserving them. I’ve posted a few recipes that use apples on the blog in the past: applesauce, apple cider, apple pancake puff, apple pie coffee cake, baked apple oatmeal, apple crisp, apple oat muffins, apple pie (of course) and apple butter, to name a few. I’ve really expanded my apple recipes since we’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest. 

So here we are, staying-in-place in our homes during the pandemic and what do I turn to? Cooking of course! And here’s my thinking… we’re not socializing so it doesn’t matter if we can only fit into the stretchy pants… let’s make a batch of apple fritters! And so I did. 

A variety of apples from our trees.

Chopped apples sitting in ice water to keep them from turning brown.

Folding apples into the batter.

Scooping fritter-size portions with an ice cream scoop. 

Frying in a Dutch oven. You may need to adjust the heat as you cook batches. Be careful not to drop any water into this hot oil or it will splatter and could be very dangerous.

Frittered and ready for sugaring. 

By not dropping all the batter at one time (it kind of dribbled into the hot oil), I turned a few fritters into alien pieces. 

Yum!  You’ll be glad to know that I shared these fritters with friends and we didn’t eat the whole batch ourselves! (I didn’t want to have to buy new stretchy pants in a bigger size!)

Fritter Away Your Apples - Yum!

Yields 2 dozen fritters

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional - add if you like an intense cinnamon flavor)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • To deep fry: about 3 cups of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon sugar (see note)

Instructions

  1. PREP: heat oil in a dutch oven, or deep-fryer. Temp should be 350-375 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon (optional), and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Blend in the milk, eggs, and 1 tablespoon oil to the dry ingredients.
  4. Fold the apples into batter, mixing until the apples are well-covered.
  5. Drop batter into hot oil by the spoonful (or use an ice cream scoop). Fry in small batches flipping so both sides turn golden, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove cooked fritters and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. toss with cinnamon sugar while still warm.

Notes

You can make your own cinnamon sugar by mixing 1 cup granulated sugar with 4 tablespoons cinnamon. 

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