My first encounter with “apple fritters” was with Country Style Donuts where the fritters are made with donut dough with bits of apples, fried and rolled in sugar. I loved those apple fritters. I still do. Country Style outlets have become fewer but when we pass one, Speedy and I always choose the apple fritters over all the other products.
Well, I don’t have to wait until we pass by another Country Style outlet to enjoy apple fritters again. I can make mine and the homemade version with apples splices instead of apple bits are way, way better than the commercial stuff. So easy to make, really.
Just peel, slice and core the apples, dip in pancake batter, fry and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Here’s a tip though to make sure that the pancake batter doesn’t slide off the apple slices. Toss the apple slices in flour before dipping the pancake batter. Such a simple step but very effective. I’m sure that there’s a scientific explanation for it but I don’t have the words for it. Just trust me when I say that it works.
And a frying tip. You have to have enough oil to allow the batter-coated apple slices to float. If they don’t the bottom will touch the bottom of the pan and likely scorch. The ideal frying temperature if 350F. Getting the right temperature can be a bit tricky unless you’re using a thermometer but I’ve included a few tricks in the recipe to allow you to approximate the temperature without a thermometer.
Ready to make apple fritters? Inspired by a recipe from Deep South Dish.
Using a small round cutter or a paring knife, remove the centers of the apple slices to get rid of the seeds.
Place the flour in a bowl, add the apple slices and toss to coat each one well. This will help the batter stick to the apple slices.
Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan or wok to reach a depth of at least three inches. To test if the temperature is correct, drop in a little of the pancake batter. It should float after a few seconds. If it floats too fast, the oil is too hot. If it stays at the bottom for longer than 10 seconds, the oil isn’t hot enough. Adjust the setting of the stove and wait a minute or two for the temperature of the oil to adjust.
Take an apple slice, shake off the excess flour, dip in the batter and fry in the hot oil. Cook three to four slices at a time depending on the size of your frying pan. It’ll take about a minute for each side to brown; flip over for even browning.
Scoop out the apple fritters and drain on a rack.
Stir together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon-nutmeg mixture on the apple fritters (or roll them in the mixture). Serve at once.