Five homemade apple fritters on a white plate
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Apple Fritters

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I just love these homemade apple fritters! They are crispy, sweet, full of apple flavor, and oh so delicious.

Growing up, I always enjoyed going to the local donut shop and getting donuts and fritters. Anytime someone would buy a dozen donuts, I could count on their being at least one apple fritter in the box.

They are so incredibly easy to make at home, and they come together in less than 40 minutes. These can easily be made in time for breakfast in the morning. If you are a fan of homemade donuts or corn fritters you have got to try these apple fritters, they are amazing. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients in glass bowls like apples, egg, flour, etc.

In order to make these yummy apple fritters at home, you need several easy to find ingredients, most of which you probably already have in the house:

  • Apples – I like to use Granny Smith, but any apples will work.
  • Lemon juice
  • Flour – All purpose flour, also known as plain flour in other countries.
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Baking powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Oil for frying (vegetable, canola, coconut, peanut, shortening, lard)

Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Water – I always used filtered water, since my tap water tastes gross.
Apple fritters on a wire rack.

Tools

  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large Pot
  • Spoons
  • Spider Strainer/Ladle or metal slotted spoon or tongs
  • Sheet pan with a wire rack
  • Paper towel-lined
  • Plate Candy thermometer

Step 2: How to make apple fritters from scratch

Small apple chunks in a medium glass bowl with lemon juice being poured on it.

First, take a large pot and add some cooking oil to it, fill it so it is about an inch deep with oil. Place it on the stovetop burner and set the heat to medium-high. If you have a candy thermometer use it. Heat the oil to 350 F/176 C. While the oil is heating up you can make the batter.

Wash, peel, and core the apples. Then chop them up into little chunks and place them in a medium bowl. Pour the juice from half a lemon over the apple chunks and stir them with a spoon.

I love my apple fritters filled with lots of apples, but if you like more batter than apples you can reduce the number of apples.

Glass bowl of whisked dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and the sugar.

Apple fritters batter in a large bowl on a wooden table.

Now in a large bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla extract, and the milk. Then melt the butter either in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Make sure it isn’t really hot, then pour it in with the egg and milk mixture and whisk to combine.

Put the whisk away and then pour in the flour mixture and stir it with a wooden or a silicone spoon. Finally add in the apples and fold them and stir them into the batter. The apple fritters batter is complete.

Step 3: Frying the apple fritters

Three apple fritters frying in a large yellow pot of oil.

Once the oil is at temp, take two spoons and scoop some batter and pour it into the hot oil. You can spread it a little bit if you want. Allow it to fry for a few minutes on both sides. Turn it over with a spider strainer, tongs, or a slotted metal spoon.

Once they are a little darker than golden brown, remove them from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Freshly fried apple fritters on a wire rack lined sheet pan.

After a minute or so, remove them from the plate and place them on a wire rack. This will keep them crispy.

If the oil temp has cooled more than 10 to 15 degrees you will need to wait for a few minutes for it to heat back up before frying more.

Step 4: It’s all about that glaze

Small bowl with white glaze in it.

Classic apple fritters are covered in a glaze. You can also roll them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture, or dust them with powdered sugar if you like. Or make a combination of them all.

To make the glaze add a bit of water to a small bowl then add in the powdered sugar. Stir it with a spoon and add more water as necessary to get the consistency that you want. I love this simple two-ingredient glaze.

Hand dipping an apple fritter in a bowl of glaze.

Now, you can dip the apple fritters right in the glaze and then put it back on the wire rack, or you can use a spoon and drizzle the glaze over the tops of them. You really can’t go wrong with either method.

Sheet pan lined with a wire rack full of apple fritters.

Once you are done dipping or drizzling them, or rolling them in cinnamon and sugar, or dusting them with powdered sugar, allow them to sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

How long do apple fritters last?

They are best eaten fresh, because that is when they are the crispiest. But you can store them for a few days in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature. Or you can store them in the fridge for longer. Reheat for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave, or heat them in the oven at 350 F for a few minutes.

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Apple Fritters

These homemade apple fritters are sweet, crispy, and oh so delicious. If you are a fan of donuts you have got to try these out. They are so easy to make too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: crispy, easy, fruit, sweet
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large Pot
  • Spoons
  • Spider Strainer/Ladle or metal slotted spoon or tongs
  • Sheet pan with a wire rack
  • Paper towel-lined
  • plate Candy thermometer

Ingredients

Apple Fritters

  • 2 to 3 apples Granny Smith, Gala, etc. peeled, cored, and cut into small chunks
  • 1 to 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice the juice from half a lemon (15 to 30ml)
  • 1 cup all-purpose/plain flour 120g
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 2g
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1g
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2g
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 6g
  • 3 tbsp. white granulated sugar 45g
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5ml
  • 1/2 cup milk whole, 2%, 1%, Almond, etc. (125ml)
  • 1 tbsp butter melted (14g)
  • Oil for frying vegetable, canola, coconut, peanut, shortening, lard

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar 180g
  • 1 to 2 tbsp water 15 to 30ml

Instructions

  • Begin by taking a large pot and adding enough oil to be about 1 inch deep. Place it on the burner and set the heat to medium-high, allow it to heat to 350 F/176 C. 
  • Wash, peel, core, and cut the apples into small chunks and place them in a medium bowl. Pour the lemon juice over them and stir until well coated.
  • Now in another medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
  • In a large bowl whisk the egg, vanilla extract, and milk together. Melt the butter either in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Make sure it isn't really hot, then pour it in with the egg and milk mixture and whisk to combine. Then pour in the flour mixture and stir the batter with a wooden spoon or silicone spoon. It will be a bit too thick for the whisk. Add the apples to the batter and fold them in.
  • Using two spoons scoop in a good amount of batter into the hot oil. Don't overcrowd them.
    Allow them to fry for a few minutes per side until really nice and browned. Use a spider ladle, metal slotted spoon, or tongs to turn them and then remove them.
    Place them on a plate lined with a paper towel for a minute or so then put them on a wire rack to cool. This will help keep them crispy.
  • Add some water to a bowl and then add in the powdered sugar. Keep adding water and stirring until you get the thickness you want. You can dip them in, or drizzle the glaze over them with a spoon. Allow the glaze to dry for a few minutes, it doesn't take long. Then serve them! Enjoy.

Video

How to Make Apple Fritters | Easy Homemade Apple Fritter Recipe

Notes

You will be able to get 8 to 12 apple fritters depending on the size you make them.
Note: I like lots of apples, so I always use three, but if you want more of a batter ratio, then only use two apples.
List of nutritional facts for apple fritters

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2 Comments

  1. The instructions include the butter, but the printed recipe does not. Please update.

    • Hi Ken you must have missed it. The printed recipe has 1 tbsp butter listed right before “oil for frying”. But yes, good catch in the actual steps part of the instructions of the printed recipe it didn’t say where to put the butter. Updated. Good catch, thanks!

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