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Apple Cider Fritters

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Puffs of cinnamon, nutmeg, and bits of fresh apples drizzled with glaze complete these tastebud tantalizing apple cider fritters!

I look forward to these seasonal delights every fall. It’s one of the first recipes that I throw together following an afternoon of apple picking at our favorite orchard.

apple cider fritters drizzled with glaze

I prefer to cook ours in coconut oil, but please be aware that not all coconut oils can be used for deep frying. It must be expeller-pressed coconut oil aka refined coconut oil to be able to be heated to 365°F in order to deep fry with it. Virgin coconut oil (aka unrefined) has a low smoke point, which means it can burn easily.

warm apple cider fritters freshly glazed on a plate

What kind of Apple should I use?

When it comes to apple fritters, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, you want to use a firm apple that won’t turn to mush when fried. Second, you want an apple with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. And finally, you want an apple that will hold its shape when cut into pieces.

With these criteria in mind, the best apples for apple fritters are macintosh, granny smith, and Cortland apples. Macintosh apples are nice and firm, with a sweet-tart flavor that pairs well with the rich batter. Granny Smith apples are also firm, but they have a more tart flavor that helps balance the fritters’ sweetness.

Cortland apples are a good midpoint between macintosh and granny smith apples – they’re not too sweet or tart and hold up well when fried. So if you’re looking for the perfect apple fritter recipe, be sure to use one of these three varieties.

How to Make Apple Cider Fritters

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, and stir to blend. Add apple cider (or milk!) and egg until just combined, and then fold in the apple. Avoid over-stirring as it will make them tough.

raw apple cider fritter batter

Spoon enough coconut oil into the skillet so that it is approximately an inch and a half (1 1/2″) deep, and heat oil on medium-high. To test the oil, drop a tiny bit of batter into it; when the batter quickly floats to the top and starts to sizzle, it’s time to cook the fritters.

oil heating in a skillet over a gas stove ready to cook apple cider fritters

Carefully add dough by spoonfuls to the hot oil.

apple cider fritter batter dropped into hot oil in skillet

Cook until brown, about a minute or so, then flip.

apple cider fritters frying in hot oil

Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned.

golden brown apple cider fritters cooking in hot oil
Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack.

apple cider fritters draining on paper towels

Make the glaze by stirring the cider, cinnamon, and powdered sugar together in a small bowl. If you don’t have cider, you can use milk. I usually combine the powdered sugar and cinnamon together, stirring until smooth, then add the cider or milk. Otherwise, you may get small lumps of cinnamon.

hot apple cider fritters

Drizzle over apple fritters. Wait approximately 3 minutes for the glaze to harden, then flip fritters and drizzle the glaze over the other side. Best served warm.

glazed apple cider fritters 

Apple Cider Fritters Recipe

You’ll Need:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup apple cider
1 egg
1 cup finely chopped apple

Apple Cider Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider (or milk)
1/4 tsp cinnamon

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, stirring to blend. Add apple cider and egg until just combined. Fold in the diced apple pieces. Do not over-stir the batter.
  2. Heat oil on medium high.
  3. To test the oil drop a tiny bit of batter into it, when the batter quickly floats to top and starts to sizzle, it’s time to cook the fritters.
  4. Spoon the apple cider fritter batter into to the hot oil, carefully.
  5. Cook until brown, about a minute or so, then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned.
  6. Transfer the cooked fritters paper towels to remove any excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack.
  7. Prepare glaze by stirring the cider, cinnamon and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.
  8. Drizzle over warm apple fritters. Allow glaze to harden, about 5 minutes. Serve while still warm

Apple Cider Fritters by Budget101.com

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Apple Cider Fritters

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, and pieces of fresh apples drizzled with glaze, these apple cider fritters will make your tastebuds dance!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
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Total Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, MYO
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 295 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Deep Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • cup apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple
Apple Cider Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider or milk
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, stirring to blend.
    1 cup all purpose flour, ¼ cup sugar, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Add apple cider and egg until just combined. Fold in the diced apple pieces. Do not over-stir the batter.
    ⅓ cup apple cider, 1 egg, 1 cup finely chopped apple
  • Heat oil on medium high.
  • To test the oil drop a tiny bit of batter into it, when the batter quickly floats to top and starts to sizzle, it’s time to cook the fritters.
  • Spoon the apple cider fritter batter into to the hot oil, carefully.
  • Cook until brown, about a minute or so, then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned.
  • Transfer the cooked fritters paper towels to remove any excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack.

Prepare the Glaze

  • Prepare glaze by stirring the cider, cinnamon and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.
    2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider
  • Drizzle over warm apple fritters. Allow glaze to harden, about 5 minutes. Serve while still warm
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 409mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 52IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 69g
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