Apple fritters bring back memories from various times in my life and all are fond memories! From family vacations, county fairs in the summertime, a small country store near our house that made them in house and were always fresh and served in a paper bag, to my mom making them for us as a treat. There is nothing like a fresh, warm, perfectly glazed apple fritter!
There are few things as delicious or as comforting as a warm homemade dessert. Am I right?? These Easy Apple Fritters are a home run any time of the year! All you need are a handful of ingredients and in no time your kitchen will smell amazing and everyone will be licking their fingers!
Just a few pantry staples and a handful of apples are all you need to earn yourself warm, fragrant, decadent Apple Fritters. These fritters are worth every calorie, you can easily justify eating a few because of the apples…right? After all “an apple a day” or at least that’s what I tell myself, haha.
The way I see it, a homemade sweet of some sort beats a pre-packaged cookie, sweet, candy or (gasp) Tastycake. As a gal from Philly…talking any kind of trash on any sort of Tastycake can get me into trouble, lol!
10 minutes to make the batter as well as peel and chop the apples. 3 minutes to make the glaze and a few minutes to fry ’em and just like that you will be enjoying these hot, scrumptious, Easy Apple Fritters. And you will definitely be licking your fingers!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons applesauce
2 large Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples peeled, cored, and diced
Canola oil for frying
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
How To Make Big Apple fritters:
Place cooling racks over baking sheets covered in wax paper. Set aside.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl.
Make a well in the center and add 1/3 cup milk, eggs, and applesauce.
Stir just to combine.
Fold in apples.
Heat 1 ½ – 2 inches of oil in heavy cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, or deep fryer to 375°F.
Drop about 1/4 cup of batter per fritter into hot oil; spreading it out as you drop.
Cook each side until golden brown; approximately 2 minutes per side.
Remove to paper towels to drain.
Make the Glaze
In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup milk, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla.
Dunk each fritter in the glaze turning over to make sure both sides coated.
Place on the wire racks to air dry and drip.
• Be careful not to over-mix the batter as it may make the fritters tough.
• Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying so the donuts cook evenly, and the oil temperature is easier to maintain.
• Using a candy thermometer to maintain the correct temperature of the oil is important.
• A Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet helps the oil hold temperature.
• Try to maintain a constant temperature of 375° F. When you add the batter, the temperature will drop slightly – increase the heat a tad. Then, when you remove the fritters from the oil the temperature will increase so you will need to turn the heat down a bit.
• Remove the fried fritters to paper towels to drain excess oil.
• Store the cooled cooked fritters wrapped loosely in paper towels in a brown paper bag. This will keep them fresh longer.