Apple fritters are the perfect confection to create during apple season and throughout autumn. As the leaves start to change colors, apples are at their ripest bringing natural sweetness with every bite. A simple mixture of ingredients creates a lovely batter with fresh, ripe and crisp apples that when deep-fried turn into a snack that is sweet, savory, crunchy, fruity and hard to resist.
An apple fritter is actually a small cake that is prepared with a mixture of milk and eggs. The fritters may be deep-fried or pan-fried until the outside turns crisp with a deep golden brown coloring. Many recipes use all-purpose flour, others swap wheat flour in the mix while most southerners use an old favorite binder of cornmeal.
Getting the batter to the right consistency can be tricky. No need to worry since all it takes is a tablespoon or two of milk to loosen the batter if it turns out too thick or add an extra tablespoon of flour or whatever binder is preferred into the mix to thicken it up until it is just right for frying. Another point to remember is not to turn the fritters over in the fryer until the underside is crispy and achieves its dark golden coloring before flipping and frying the opposite side of the fritter. Doing this will allow the fritters to cook more evenly and preventing them from soaking up excess oil in the process.
There are many different types of fritters made world-wide. Some fritters contain corn, pork, seafood, bananas, potatoes, peas, pineapple or assorted vegetables. The most common fritters fried are those made with corn followed by fritters made with apples.
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 ¾ cups of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of vegetable oil for frying
- 4 or 5 apples (peeled, cored and cut)
- 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
- The cored and peeled apples can be cut into ¼ inch rounds or into medium sized chunks. Cubed apples fry up well with a thicker batter while thin apple circles fry up nicely with a slightly thinner batter.
- If the apples are cut into chunks mix them directly into the batter. When choosing to fry apple rounds into fritters, dip them into the batter before placing them carefully into the heated oil.
- In a large frying pan heat the oil over a medium heat until hot.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, milk, and egg together until mixed well.
- Either place a spoonful of apple batter into the hot oil or dip an apple round into the batter and place into the hot oil in the pan.
- Allow the apple fritters to cook for 1 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Once the underside is crisp and golden, flip the fritter and fry the other side until done.
- After the fritters are fried to perfection remove them from the oil and place on a platter lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
- Pour the confectioner’s sugar into a shallow bowl and using tongs then carefully dip the fritters into the sugar until both sides are nicely coated.
- Serve immediately while apple fritters are still hot.