Wanting to make a delicious batch of homemade apple fritters from scratch but don’t know how? You are going to love this really easy homemade fritter recipe. This recipe is super easy to make and tastes absolutely fabulous! Whether you are making this for a special occasion, just a normal day, or sharing with friends and family this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Homemade Apple Fritters
There is just something about an apple fritter that makes me happy, it’s one of those foods! If you’ve never had one you don’t know what you’re missing!
What Makes A Fritter A Fritter?
A plain fritter is a piece of yeast dough or chou paste deep-fried in oil and often served covered with powdered sugar glaze, honey, or cinnamon. Depending on who you ask a fritter is anything wrapped in dough and fried- however, there are some exceptions to that rule. Some people consider beignet and hushpuppies in the fritter family (despite the fact that neither are stuffed), while others say that things like corn dogs and tempura aren’t a fritter. What everyone can agree on is that a fritter is always fried and not everything fried is a fritter.
Fritters come in savory (with pieces of meat, seafood, or vegetables) and sweet (with pieces of fruit). You may also see small cakes of chopped fruit or vegetables covered in batter called a fritter such as corn fritters in the Southern US.
The History Of The Fritter
Today fritters are finger food but at one point they were once served in settings of cloth napkins and table cloths. President Cleveland served them in 1887 for Thanksgiving dinner, the recipe said to mash boiled parsnips and mix with flour, egg, and salt and fry them in lard over a fire.
Can You Bake Apple Fritters
Yes, you can opt for a baked apple fritter, instead of a fried apple fritter. I’ve never tried it with this recipe but here is a baked apple fritter recipe you can try.
Making The Glaze For Homemade Apple Fritters
For our homemade apple fritters glaze we don’t use cream or milk like we do when making our homemade cinnamon rolls. Using milk or cream tends to make a thicker glaze, and for fritters, you want something a little thinner- so water works well.
Apple Fritters Recipe
Homemade apple fritters are a favorite at our house when apple season rolls around- no surprise with 12 apple trees in our orchard when late summer and early fall roll around we are usually buried in apples and making everything under the sun that has apples in the recipe.
What You Need To Make Apple Fritters:
- Medium Mixing Bowls
- Small Bowl
- Standup Mixer
- Chopping Knife
- Large Pot
- Slotted spoon
- Cooling rack or tray with paper towels
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
3-4 Cups of Apples (cored and diced)
2 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Milk
Oil For Frying
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Teaspoons Of Water
In a medium-size mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and mix.
In another bowl combine diced apples and lemon juice.
In the bowl of your mixer with the paddle attachment on, add sugar and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined.
Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture to your standup mixer bowl.
Add the milk.
Turn off your mixer and fold in your apple pieces with a spoon.
Fill your pot with oil (it needs to be deep enough for the apple fritters to rise off the bottom of the pot and be able to flip).
Heat the oil to 375F.
When the oil is hot add 1/4 cup of batter to the oil (be careful not to splash yourself while adding it to the oil).
When the apple fritter has turned a golden brown, gently flip the fritter over in the oil and fry until the other side is golden brown.
When your apple fritter is done remove it from the oil and place it on a cooling rack (if you don’t have a cooling rack a platter with a paper towel will work).
Combine your glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
Drizzle the glaze over the top of your apple fritters, and let them dry.
Serve hot and fresh, or store your apple fritters in an airtight container. Apple fritters freeze well and can be reheated in a toaster oven. If you have leftover batter or want to make the batter ahead of time it can be made and stored in the fridge up to a day before you use it.
Tips For Making Apple Fritters
To help you make perfect apple fritters here are some of our best tips and tricks for making fritters:
- Don’t over mix your batter, this develops the gluten in the flour and doesn’t give you the desired texture.
- If you add the fruit to your fritter batter and it becomes to wet add a little more flour.
- Let the batter rest in the refrigerator before frying.
- Make sure you add enough oil to your pot when frying the apple fritters. This will give you that nice crispy texture and give you that beautiful golden brown color.
- We like to use avocado oil for our frying because it doesn’t have a taste and has a high smoking temperature (which makes it perfect for frying).
- Your oil needs to be hot before you fry your apple fritters, if the batter hits the oil and doesn’t sizzle it isn’t hot enough.
- Don’t overcrowd your pan, this will cause the temperature in the pan to cool and can leave you with limp apple fritters.
How Do You Keep Your Apple Fritters crisp?
The best way to keep your apple fritters crisp is to use a drying rack so any access oil can drain away. Placing them in the oven on warm while you cook can also help to keep your fritters crispy and warm until you are ready to eat them.
Why Are My Apple Fritters Soggy?
If your apple fritters are nice and crisp on the outside and doughy outside your oil is too hot, or your fritter is too big. Try lowering the temperature or making your fritters smaller.
Have you made apple fritters before? Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below!
Print Apple Fritters Recipe
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 3-4 Cups of Apples (cored and diced)
- 2 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- Oil For Frying
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Teaspoons Of Water
- In a medium-size mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and mix.
- In another bowl combine diced apples and lemon juice.
- In the bowl of your mixer with the paddle attachment on, add sugar and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined.
- Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture to your standup mixer bowl.
- Add the milk.
- Turn off your mixer and fold in your apple pieces with a spoon.
- Fill your pot with oil (it needs to be deep enough for the apple fritters to rise off the bottom of the pot and be able to flip).
- Heat the oil to 375F.
- When the oil is hot add 1/4 cup of batter to the oil (be careful not to splash yourself while adding it to the oil).
- When the apple fritter has turned a golden brown, gently flip the fritter over in the oil and fry until the other side is golden brown.
- When your apple fritter is done remove it from the oil and place it on a cooling rack (if you don't have a cooling rack a platter with a paper towel will work).
- Combine your glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
- Drizzle the glaze over the top of your apple fritters, and let them dry.
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- Apple Snickerdoodle Pie Recipe
- Apple Blossom Tart Recipe
- Apple Cider Float Recipe
- Apple Hand Pies Recipe
- Apple Scones Recipe
- Apple Crumble Muffins Recipe
- Cast Iron Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
- Irish Apple Cake Recipe
- Apple Orange Preserves Recipe
- Cowboy Apple Pie Recipe