When fresh apples hit the market, we go into a fritter frenzy. Yes, apple fritters are the fluffy, fruit-filled food that make us fall so hard for autumn. They're amazing breakfast treats with coffee, and a spectacular dessert with vanilla ice cream!
To help you make the best apple fritters this year, we've assembled recipes and top tips from a crack squad of Allrecipes cooks.
RECIPE: Mom's Apple Fritters
This basic fritter batter is seasoned very simply, with sugar. It lets the apples do the talking. Several reviewers added a little vanilla extract to the batter; others, a touch of cinnamon. "My mom made these for us after school in the fall with the apples we picked from a fruit farm," says Abby, the recipe submitter. "They're warm, crisp, and sweet, a perfect fall treat."
Fry your fritters in small batches to keep the oil temperature at 375 degrees F. If the oil temperature drops too low, the batter acts like a sponge, soaking up excess oil. On the other hand, if the oil is too hot, you'll be tricked into thinking the inside is done when the outside is brown -- but if the outside cooks too fast, the inside can still be a gooey mess. Keep the oil at a steady 375 for light, fluffy, golden brown fritters.
"To keep fritters from popping up in the oil too much, and coming out too thick, use 2 spoons as you are dropping them in and spread the dough out with the spoons." -- Candi
If you like flatter versions of apple fritters, “try piping the batter into the oil to try to get it flatter.” — sobachatina
How to Make Mom's Apple Fritters
See these tips in action and learn to make beautifully golden brown fritters that are fluffy, crunchy and sweet.
"The thing to remember with apple fritters is that you're not making a 'dough' but rather a batter, like pancake batter. The perfect apple fritter should be fairly flat and crispy on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside. Fiddle around with the amount of liquid to get the consistency you prefer." -- Lori
"I use a cast iron skillet and a candy thermometer to keep the oil in range because I didn't have an electric skillet and that worked just fine!" -- svaninwegen
"Top it with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup drizzled on top, it tastes just like the sundae waffles from Six Flags." -- Mia Weaver
RECIPE: Apple Fritters I
This recipe adds a little ground nutmeg to the basic batter. The apples are fried in rings -- but many reviewers had success chopping the apples and mixing them into the batter. Titch, the recipe submitter, recommends trying this recipe with peaches, too.
"I added cinnamon to the batter & diced the apples. I put the diced apples in the microwave for 4 minutes to soften them up a bit, then added the cooked down apples & liquid to the batter. It was a perfect consistency." -- JEANNELYNN
"Wonderful! I attempted to cut into rings, but they fell apart. So I chopped the apples into tiny pieces, mixed into the batter and dropped into the oil. Came out like a little doughnut." -- MANDY
"My family LOVED these! Not sure how they lasted past the first day, but these were even better the day after. Sprinkled them with confectioners sugar mixed with cinnamon." -- The Anti Chef
RECIPE: No Fry Apple Fritters
Bake these shortcut fritters in the oven. The recipe calls for refrigerated buttermilk biscuits cut into chunks and mixed with chopped apples, pecans, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sugar. The submitter, Born to Cook, says: "Just like the deep-fried fritters without all the extra grease. They are so easy you won't believe it!"
"Perfect with morning coffee. I baked it in a round ceramic dish that was buttered to keep the round shape. Take extra care in removing the cake from the pan as mine was prone to fall apart." -- Deb C
"Perfect for a special day. I made mine with homemade baking powder biscuits. I didn't bother to cut them up, I just pulled the dough apart into rough clumps before I put them into the sugar and cinnamon mix." -- briblee
"All of my criteria for a 5 star recipe are right here! Easy, tasty, inexpensive, and relatively quick. Not to mention decadent!" -- Sarah
BONUS TIP: To keep chopped apples from browning, add them to a large bowl of cold water with a little fresh lemon juice squeezed over. The apples will bob to the surface. If you like, lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the surface of the water, flattening the wrap down flush with the water/apples. This will keep apple-browning oxygen off the apples.
RECIPE: Chef John's Apple Fritters
Check out Chef John’s technique for frying up apple fritters with the perfect, pillow-soft texture. Chef John cubes a few Granny Smiths, then sautés them in brown butter, cinnamon and sugar. "I didn't think I liked apple fritters," says Chef John. "But turns out I just don't like chunks of almost raw apple, surrounded by a doughnut." Check out Chef John's method: