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I can feel you guys peering into my soul right now. I swear I can feel it. I think it may have been about 6 months ago when I may have mentioned that I was giving up frying foods for a while. I even made Zach throw out the deep fryer because he forgets that after you USE the fryer, you have to CLEAN the fryer. When we began building our house, I think he may have even asked if we could build a deep fryer into the kitchen.
The answer, for obvious reasons, was immediately a big, fat “no.”
I half take back what I said. No, I didn’t go buy another deep fryer, but let’s be honest…I can’t give up frying foods forever. These glazed cinnamon apple fritters were enough to make me see the light again. I mean IT IS almost apple season after all, and fritters are right there at the top of my list of all time favorite apple dishes.
Oh sure, I could have gone down the apple pie route, but you guys know what a terrible pie baker I am. A cake would have been DEEEE-lightful, but who has that kind of time at the end of summer, with school beginning and all?!
These glazed cinnamon apple fritters are the perfect, quick, simple and delicious apple snack to curb those apple cravings. You know you have them. I certainly have them.
These glazed cinnamon apple fritters are my ode to apple season. Apple season is upon us and I can not get over all of the delicious varieties I’ve seen popping up literally all over the place! While I love all apples in their own way, my favorite for baking, cooking and frying has to be the Granny Smith apple. These fritters highlight this most perfect ingredient.
A simple fritter batter is made up of the essentials: flour, baking powder, sugar and warm spices. Mixed using your KitchenAid Stand Mixer with your typical combination of wet ingredients: eggs, milk, butter and vanilla extract, the perfect fritter batter is born. Diced Granny Smith apples are tossed with cinnamon and sugar and then folded into the fritter batter. Dropped in hot oil and browned to perfection, these cinnamon apple fritters are dipped in a simple glaze and then set aside to harden just slightly. Perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, these glazed cinnamon apple fritters are the true definition of autumn!
Well I hope you guys have a wonderful week! I invite all of you to enter the #KitchenAidContest! By creating an original dish using apple as the primary ingredient, you’ll have the chance to win a grand prize of a suite of KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances and a private cooking lesson with Geoffrey Zakarian! I’d say that prize alone is enough to enter!
Recipe for these glazed cinnamon apple fritters are below! xo
- frying oil
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (divided)
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and diced small
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 3 tablespoons whole milk (more as needed)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour frying oil into a large dutch oven so that it fills about 1/3 of the way. Using a frying thermometer, heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches a temperature of 360 degrees F.
- While the oil is heating up, prepare your fritter batter. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. With dough hook attached, set your stand mixer on low speed. Add the eggs, one at at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Then add the milk, vanilla and melted butter. Knead until the dough is just mixed and no traces of flour remain. Do not over mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl where needed. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the diced apple and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss to evenly coat and then stir the apples into the fritter batter.
- Once the oil is hot, drop a small amount of dough into the oil. If it browns and floats to the top, then the oil is ready. In 1-2 tablespoon increments (I used a melon baller), drop the dough into the hot oil, working in batches of 5 or 6. Do not over crowd the dutch oven and keep a close eye that the temperature stays just around 360. Once brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes), remove the fritters from the hot oil with a spider spatula or something similar and transfer to a plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Repeat this step for the rest of your fritter batter.
- Prepare the glaze by whisking the confectioner's sugar, whole milk, salt and vanilla extract in a shallow bowl. Add more milk if the glaze is too thick. Add more flour if the glaze is too thin. Dip the cinnamon apple fritters into the glaze and place on a sheet of parchment paper to harden slightly.
- Enjoy warm with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee!
If you prep the apples in advance, this is OK. Be sure to soak them in ice cold water that has been mixed with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning.
I use the dough hook attachment instead of a paddle attachment because I like the texture it gives the fritters after they fry up. They become lighter and airier. Feel free to use the paddle attachment, or simply mix by hand if you wish.
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