These apple fritters are made with fresh apples, topped with a simple glaze. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make with no yeast or rising time, and it tastes like apple donuts!
These fritters are made with a simple pancake-like batter, filled with apple cubes, shallow fried to golden brown perfection, and topped with a simple glaze, cinnamon sugar, or powder sugar.
This recipe is super quick to make, with no need for yeast, rising time, or rest time. It's simply making the batter and frying it!
We love making apple recipes, especially in the fall time. If you like apple desserts as we do, you should try out our easy apple cake, upside-down apple cake, and apple turnovers!
What are apple fritters?
Apple fritters are basically apple donuts. They are made with a simple batter and apple cubes, topped with a simple glaze or cinnamon sugar. These fritters are fried and not baked, so they can keep their shape while cooking.
We like adding fall spices to our simple batters like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Why this recipe works
- Extremely easy to make.
- Is ready in 30 minutes.
- Loaded with cinnamon and fresh apples.
- Melt in your mouth delicious.
- Made with simple ingredients.
- Perfect when you need a fall-themed dessert.
For the apple filling:
Apples– we like to use granny smith apples for this recipe, they are a little bit less sweet, but any kind of your favorite apples will work!
Brown sugar– we use brown sugar for this recipe. Brown sugar adds a caramelly flavor. You can use dark brown sugar as well.
Butter– you will need 30 grams of melted butter for this recipe.
Lemon juice– helps to balance the sweet flavor.
Cinnamon– gives a delicious cinnamon flavor.
Flour- use all-purpose flour for this recipe. Self-rising flour or cake flour can work great for this recipe as well.
Eggs- you will need 2 large eggs, make sure that your eggs are at room temperature.
Whole milk- Use whole milk for this recipe.
Nutmeg and ginger- we love adding nutmeg and ginger to our apple pie filling. feel free to add your favorite spices like allspice and cloves.
Vanilla extract- for extra flavor.
Granulated sugar- we use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar for this recipe.
To make the glaze you will need three simple ingredients:
Powder sugar- use powder sugar for the glaze. We like making our own powder sugar at home, simply blend granulated sugar in a blender and that’s it!
Milk- we used milk for the glaze, but you can use heavy cream, water, or lemon juice. It’s up to you!
Vanilla extract- for extra flavor.
What are the best apples for baking?
We like using Granny Smith apples for baking. Granny Smith apples have a few advantages: they hold their shape while baking, they have a crisp texture, they are not too sweet and have a little tang to them, and they are easy to find in any grocery store.
You can use any apples that you like best, but keep in mind that different apple kinds have different textures and flavors, some are sweeter, some are sourer, some have a crisp texture, and some have a mealy texture to them.
The best apples for baking:
- Granny smith
- Yellow delicious
- Pink lady
- Ginger gold
Step 1: Peel, core, and cut the apples into small cubes. In a medium-sized bowl, add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and baking powder. Mix with a whisk until combined.
Step 2: In a second large mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, melted butter, and brown sugar. Mix with a whisk until it's well combined.
Step 3: Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixture and mix with a whisk until almost combined. Add the apples and fold lightly until the apples are covered with batter.
Step 4: Heat canola oil in a dutch oven, saucepan, or frying pan and allow it to get to about 180c (350f). Scoop the apple batter with a ¼ measuring cup and fry in small batches for about 2 minutes on each side.
How to make a simple glaze:
Into a small to a medium mixing bowl add the powder sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until the mixture is smooth. Drizzle or dip the fritters into the glaze and serve warm!
- Simple glaze- make a simple glaze that is made with powder sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla extract. Drizzle or dip the fritters.
- Powder sugar- another way to serve these fritters is to dust them with powder sugar.
- Cinnamon sugar- mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon with ¼ cup of granulated sugar and coat the fritters with cinnamon sugar after it's cooled a bit.
- Use fresh apples. We find making apple crumble pie with fresh apples instead of canned apples. The naturally sweet and tart flavors that the apples naturally have makes fritters irresistible.
- Measure your flour correctly! When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour with a spoon to create as many air pockets as possible, and spoon it into your measuring cup. Finally, level it with a back of a knife.
- Make sure that your apple pieces are about the same size, this step ensures that the apples bake evenly.
- Don't overmix the batter, this step ensures that you have fluffy and moist fritters and not dense and dry fritters.
- Don't overcrowd the pan when cooking the fritters, this step ensures that your fritters cook well.
- Remove the fried fritters to paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Use room temperature ingredients.
We like eating apple fritters right away when we make them. Apple fritters last for two days at room temperature or for up to 3 days stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
We like serving fritters with a simple glaze on top. Don’t skip this step because the apple fritters aren’t very sweet. Another way we like to serve our apple fritters is to cover them with cinnamon sugar or simply dust them with powder sugar.
Use your favorite kind of apples! We like using granny smith apples, but any apple kind will work. If you like sweet apples, use Honeycrisp, or pink lady.
As long as you fry these fritters, the crispier they will get. We like eating our fritters when they have a dark brown color. Place your hot fritters on paper towels to let them cool a bit and to prevent them from turning soggy.
How many apples you need depends on the side of your apples. We used 5 large granny smith apples for this recipe. You will need about 7 cups of sliced apples for this recipe.
Yes, you can freeze the fritters after it’s cooled completely in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 2 months. We don't like freezing the apple fritters simply because they taste the best when they are fresh and warm.
More apple recipes to try:
Apple upside-down cake- This upside-down apple cake recipe is a must-have for fall. This upside-down apple cake features an incredibly moist cake that is loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with a caramelized apple topping.
Apple crumble pie- This apple crumble pie is made with a delicious spiced apple pie filling, topped with a decadent flavorful crumble topping, inside a flakey butter pie crust. This apple crumble pie is the perfect fall dessert.
Apple turnovers– These apple turnovers are so easy to make, come together in under an hour, and taste absolutely incredible. These apple turnovers are made with a delicious spiced apple filling and wrapped with flaky puff pastry.
Easy apple cake (sharlotka)– This easy apple cake is going to be your new favorite easy and light cake! This cake is fluffy, light, airy, moist, soft, and delicious.
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