Good heavens. These. Are. Delicious. How could they not be? Apple Cider Fritters. They even sound delicious.
In college I worked in the bakery at Wegmans. And aside from my grandma, working in that bakery turned me into a treat making monster. Wegmans is basically the best grocery store, ever. Do you have a store around you that you would find it nearly impossible to live without? This is mine. I am pretty confident that I wouldn’t be able to move to a new area unless they had one. It’s that good. And the best part is, no matter when I go, I always run into somebody from my family. I guess we all have a little love for Wegmans. Anyhow, one of my absolute favorite treats from the bakery was a fresh apple fritter. Which is kind of crazy considering I held a fritter above all tasty and delectable treats that the bakery sold each day.
Last weekend temptation almost won as I walked by the bakery, which was filled with fall goodness. I started thinking back to the days of apple fritters and how fantastic it would be to devour one on the way home. Instead I decided, it’s time to learn how to make them.
Come on Lindsey, you’ve got this.
It’s too bad that I did, too…warm, fresh apple fritters are absolutely downright delicious. Drats (says Lindsey’s waistline). Crispy and crunchy on the outside, sweet and fluffy on the inside. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
And the cider, oh the cider. You MUST use cider. It gives these fritters a fall-like flavor that you simply can’t replace. Last Sunday, Matt and each I put away a few fritters as part of our lazy football Sunday routine. Hmm…actually they kind of all disappeared. I am hoping, that between the two of us, we seriously didn’t eat all of them. Whoops. I think I shared a few…
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat 2 inches of oil in a frying pan oven over medium-high heat to 350º F.
- Spread diced apples in a single layer on paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spice. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the cider, eggs, vanilla, and butter.
- Add cider mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined.
- Fold in apples.
- Scoop spoonfuls of batter, about 1/3 cup, into oil.
- Fry until deep golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Transfer fritters to a wire rack covered with paper towels. Let fritters cool for at least 10 minutes.
- While fritters cool, whisk together the sugar, apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until smooth. Dunk the top of each fritter in the glaze and place on wire rack (paper towel removed). Serve warm or at room temperature.