Apple Fritters

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These Apple Fritters are a delicious breakfast recipe.  They’re perfect for making on crisp and cool weekends to surprise your family!

Apple Fritters

It’s almost fall, so it’s time to start acting like it! Fall means one of two things for me… either pumpkin or apples start to take over my kitchen. This year I decided that apples would be the star!

Making Apple Fritters has been high on my bucket list for a while now but the idea of frying has always intimidated me. Luckily, this recipe is one of the very best to dip your toes into the wonderful world of deep frying!  They’re so easy to make.  This recipe makes 12 fritters.  That’s just enough to get a good taste of these treats.  And it’s not so many that you’ll over-indulge!

Apples for Apple Fritters

Making batter for Apple Fritters

You’ll start by combining simple ingredients for a base batter and gently fold in finely chopped apples. Granny Smith apples tend to be the best sort of apples to use in baking and sweet treats. The tartness offsets the sweet and leaves you with a powerful apple flavor. You want to stay away from sweet varieties like Red Delicious and Honey Crisp. They tend to be on the juicy side which can throw off the balance of the batter and create a bit of a mess.

Apple Fritters

Once your batter is combined you are ready to move on to the cooking portion of this recipe. You can cook these on the stovetop in a pan with oil, but for beginners I suggest using an electric skillet (I like this one). To get the best results you want to try to keep your oil at a temperature of 375 degrees. An electric skillet has a handy switch on the side that allows you to set the temperature- which means you won’t have to worry about checking it constantly. If you decide to try these on the stovetop, just keep a kitchen deep-fry thermometer handy.

Apple Fritters in a basket

After frying, the fritters are moved to paper towels to drain off some of the oil.  Then they’re tossed with sugar.  You can choose to use either powdered sugar or a combination of granulated sugar and cinnamon (your preference!)

I love to make these on the weekends as a surprise breakfast treat for my family.  They’re delicious!

Here are a few more apple-themed breakfast treats you might enjoy:

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Apple Fritters

The perfect fall breakfast recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 fritters
Calories 165kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple fritters, fritters

Ingredients

  • canola oil, for frying
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup diced Granny Smith apple
  • powdered sugar or cinnamon/sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  • Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil in an electric skillet or stovetop pot until it reaches 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the egg. Gently stir into the dry ingredients. Fold in the diced apples.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the heated oil. Cook five minutes or until golden on each side. 
  • Remove the fritters to a stack of paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar while still warm (alternately, you can put them in a zip bag with the sugar and shake to combine).

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Notes

  • Nutritional information on this recipe is a bit of a rough estimate-- since it's not certain how much oil or sugar each fritter absorbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Jessica Chandler wrote:

    Question- could you cook these in a cake pop maker?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      No idea!

  • sylvia EARLE wrote:

    I just found the fritter recipe and made it, I doubled the batch turned out perfect. watch closely as they will brown up quick but are not completely done in middle, lower heat. Just have to keep turning the fritters. I used a toothpick for doneness. I think next time I am going to add nutmeg as well. All in all very good. Thank you

  • Roshani wrote:

    Insanely adorable and delicious!

    Oh my! Hubby would love this! Pinning now! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Sjannette Hagoort wrote:

    Am really looking forward to trying these. They remind me of the Dutch Oliebollen that we used to get for special treats.

  • Debra wrote:

    I make these every Sunday it is a family favorite.

    Thanks you for this quick easy recipe.

  • Carol Wyatt wrote:

    I have a deep fat fryer….with about 3″ of oil.  OK to use that to fry the fritters?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      should be!

  • Heidi wrote:

    These are so easy to make and taste amazing! I loved them so much that I made a batch and took them to my mechanic to say thanks for all the work he did on my car. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

  • Mariam wrote:

    These look amazing and I am sure will taste great with apple butter! Thank you for sharing!

  • Donna Dee wrote:

    Try putting your sugar/cinnamon sugar in a paper bag. Add the lightly drained but still warm fritters. Shake.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      great tip- thanks!

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    These look aMAZing! Would love to make this weekend!

  • Joan Hayes wrote:

    Great looking recipe Jesseca — I LOVE apple fritters! I will definitely be giving this a try very soon! 😀

  • Christie wrote:

    Great pictures! Perfect Fall treat – I’m definitely not afraid of the deep fry so I’ll be trying these!

  • Julie @ Julie’s Eats & Treats wrote:

    These look incredible! Awesome tip on the electric skillet. I need to get over my fear of fritters and make some of these stat!

  • Tori wrote:

    These look incred! My mom has this thing for apples so I have to make these for her!