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Chef John's Apple Fritters

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"I didn't think I liked apple fritters, but turns out I just don't like chunks of almost raw apple, surrounded by a doughnut. Maybe I've just been going to the wrong shops, but I've never enjoyed the texture, and always wanted to try them with cooked apples."
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35 m servings 248
Original recipe yields 8 servings (16 small apple fritters)


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  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat and cook until it turns golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add apples and cook over medium-high heat until apples just begin to soften around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon sugar and continue cooking another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain in a strainer; let cool to room temperature.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Whisk egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter together in a separate mixing bowl. Add cooled apple pieces and sparkling apple cider; add the flour mixture. Stir just until flour is incorporated.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter per fritter, into hot oil, slightly flattening them out. Cook in batches. Fry on one side until small bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip fritters over and fry the other side until richly browned, about 2 more minutes.
  5. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain grease. Cool slightly before glazing.
  6. Whisk powdered sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add enough apple cider, 1 teaspoon at a time, to form a smooth glaze that is just runny enough to drizzle over fritters.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 248 calories; 9.2 39.6 3 31 243 Full nutrition

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I never make changes the first time out with a recipe. This one doesn't need changing.

Most helpful critical review

It didn't have enough dough to apple ratio. If I were to do it again, I would have to alter the proportions.

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I never make changes the first time out with a recipe. This one doesn't need changing.

Yummy goodness!! Usually I don't change the recipe the first time I make it, but we were missing a few ingredients so I improvised . Used peaches and Ginger ale instead of apple cider because we...

Chef John is right on about cooking up the apples before hand; they were delicious and didn't make the batter too wet like can happen sometimes. I will be incorporating this step into other app...

I have always preferred a yeast dough for my homemade apple fritters but I tried Chef John's recipe because of time and everyone loved them. I made half apple and half raspberry, really yummy w...

Turned out great. No changes needed... Another winner, Chef John!!

I used apple pie filling instead of apples and I used 1/2 Bob's Red Mill and white rice flour to make it gluten free. I also used hard cider because I didn't have sparkling cider. They tasted...

I doubled the recipe and it worked great. Since frying isn't one of my favorite things, I fried the all the fritters on both sides (but not fully), drained them and then put them in a 350 F ove...

I doubled the batch ( guess I have faith in Chef John... he hasn't steered me wrong yet!). I didn't want to change the recipe but I had to make some substitutions out of necessity. I didn't hav...

The final batter came out too mushy so I had to add more flour. Taste wise, they were very good.