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Apple Fritters

Happy Thanksgiving to my American-readers! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend with your loved ones. Red and I decided that this year, we’re not travelling anywhere for Thanksgiving. Given that all of our families and relatives live kind of far away, which will then mean that it would require some sort of driving and flying from our sides, we decided that we’re going to stay in town instead. We’re going to give ourselves the weekend to relax and hang out (read: do nothing, other than eat). We both spent years travelling for Thanksgiving, both when we were still single visiting our parents and together after we got married, with a toddler in tow as well. The travel usually started on Wednesday, then three days of craziness, and we hopped back on the road on Sunday – and we both are so tired when Monday came around that we needed another weekend just to recuperate.

So this year, we’re staying in. And it looks like, without all of the travel and craziness, I may have time to make these apple fritters again! I made these recently since we had close to ten pounds of apples. I had originally intended to turn them all into apple sauce for my daughter, but she’s back and forth in her love with apple sauce (mother of toddlers: I’m sure you can relate). Since my husband’s absolute favorite donuts are apple fritters, I figured this would be a perfect way to help use up the apples. I couldn’t for the life of me remember if I ever had an apple fritter – I’m sure I had some version of it growing up. But regardless, I have never made them at home.  Seriously though, how can I not love a cinnamony fluffy fried dough chock full of sweet apples? Red and I happily split up a piece together “to sample” it as we were frying up the rest of the batch. And by the time we all sat down to enjoy this, I was on my third piece. Yes – they were that good. Fluffy like pillow, and had all of the cider-goodness that we all love.

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (I used Honey Crisp)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup apple cider
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups peanut or vegetable oil
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup apple cider

Spread prepared apples in single layer on paper towel–lined baking sheet and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in large bowl. Whisk cider, eggs, and melted butter in medium bowl until combined. Stir apples into flour mixture. Stir in cider mixture until incorporated.

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350°. Following step 1, use 1/3-cup measure to transfer 5 heaping portions of batter to oil. Press batter lightly with back of spoon to flatten (don’t hold back – because the fritters need to be pretty flat!).

Fry, adjusting burner as necessary to maintain oil temperature between 325 and 350 degrees, until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Transfer fritters to wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet. Bring oil back to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining batter. Let fritters cool 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk confectioners’ sugar and cider, in medium bowl or large glass measuring cup until smooth. Top each fritter with 1 heaping tablespoon glaze. Let glaze set 10 minutes. Serve.

Yield: 8-10 fritters

Recipe from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2012


14 Responses to “Apple Fritters”

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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — November 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I’m glad you’ve decided to stay home and have a quieter Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t even make a turkey, lol, just sit and snack on these:D

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    Choc Chip Uru — November 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday and am glad you are recuperating from it with these gorgeous fritters :)

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I just attended a doughnut making class here in Seattle and LOVED the apple fritters to most!! These look delicious!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Thanksgiving was awesome but I’m glad it’s over so I can make these lovelies! I could eat this for breakfast every single day!

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    Laura Dembowski — November 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love apple fritters. These look just wonderful! I have exactly the same thoughts on Thanksgiving. We used to travel and it was just so much work. For the past few years we have just chilled at home, and Thanksgiving has turned from a holiday I kind of dreaded to one of my favorites.

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    6 — November 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous and these apple fritters look amazing. I would love for you to share your beautiful pictures with us at

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    Raymund — November 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wow that looks really nice, Love it crispy with lots of that sauce

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    Tracey — November 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    You have no idea how much I wish I had apples and cider in the house right now – we’d be having these for dinner if I did :) They look amazing!

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    kitchenriffs — November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    It’s hard to get me to travel long distances for holidays – I guess I’m a homebody. And I’d love to stay at home and make these great looking apple fritters! I’ve never made these, but they’re wonderful (I’ve been lucky enough to taste them). Definitely something I should do – thanks for the inspiration!

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    The squishy monster — December 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I would love to sink my teeth into these–it would really make waking up early not so bad!

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    Cass @foodmyfriend — December 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    You are making me so hungry! These look awesome. We had an Aussie Thanksgiving this year :)

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    Amanda@ChewTown — December 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Ok, so these look ridiculously tasty!!

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    Vespa Woolf — December 21, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Apple fritters are my husband’s absolute favorite. We can’t get them here in Southern Peru, but I never thought to make them, either! I’m thrilled to have your recipe. The photos are gorgeous–thanks!

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    Dawn N — November 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Just made these and they were perfection! Thanks so much for the recipe, my family was impressed! Nice that a yeast dough isn’t needed.

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