These easy to make apple fritters can be whipped up in just 30 minutes and are the perfect way to start your morning! Mix in a handful of pecans for an added crunch and top with a quick glaze for a bakery-style breakfast you won’t forget!
originally published 8.19.2020
Warm apple fritters and a cup of coffee on a crisp autumn day — is there anything dreamier? For me, these little delights always evoke images of colorful leaves and cozy mornings, as well as memories of my grandpa misnaming his preferred donut as an apple critter. With so many happy and memorable associations, these are always one of the first recipes I make when the seasons begin to change!
If you’re not familiar with the American version of apple fritters, they’re made by frying donut batter mixed with chopped apples and cinnamon. While most apples will work with this recipe, I recommend granny smith or honeycrisp — both will keep their shape pretty well while frying!
After you’ve chosen your apples, you’ll need to peel and core them before cutting them into bite-sized pieces. I usually try to chop the apples into cubes of about ½ inch or 12 mm. The goal is to have apple pieces large enough to make the characteristic chunky look, but small enough that they will become tender while frying.
frying apple fritters
There are various methods of making apple fritters — some recipes involve baking and others involve frying a yeast dough to make the fritter puff up. This version calls for baking powder instead of yeast, which results in a batter that doesn’t need to rise, but still gets a nice and crispy coating!
To fry the fritters, I first place the batter in a thin layer on a spatula and then slide it off into the hot oil. Then they’ll just need about 3 minutes on each side to develop a nice golden color! Once the first fritter is done, I like to cut it open to make sure it’s properly cooked and to adjust the temperature and cook time accordingly. I also recommend enjoying your apple fritters soon after frying — they’ll keep for a few days, but they’re definitely best within the first 24 hours!
the easiest glaze
Covering your apple fritters in this sweet glaze is optional, but highly recommended! It only takes a few minutes and gives the donuts that fresh from the bakery vibe!
To make the glaze, just combine powdered sugar in a bowl with a pinch of salt, a few teaspoons of vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of milk. I also like to add a few tablespoons of maple syrup for extra flavor, but that’s completely optional! You can then either dip your fritters into the glaze like I did, or drizzle it over the top if you want a lighter glaze-to-donut ratio. The glaze dries pretty quickly, so make sure to mix it right before you’re ready to use it!
For more delicious breakfast ideas, make sure to check out these recipes!
- Jumbo Blueberry Muffins With Streusel Topping
- Brioche Cinnamon Rolls + Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- Iced Strawberry Latte (Strawberry Coffee)
- Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins
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