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Chef John's Apple Fritters

Chef John

"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 cals
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 g fat; 39.6 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 31 mg cholesterol; 243 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  1. 39 Ratings

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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

I agree with a little more batter, otherwise I was pleased for my first time making apple fritters!

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

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...

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...

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

loved it, turned out great.

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

One of my client's asked me to make apple fritters and this recipe was simplicitly perfect.

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...