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Traditional Apple Fritters

Just like Grandma used to make.

traditional apple fritters

Fritters are one of the best desserts (or breakfasts) that you can have. The crispy fried outside wonderfully compliments the delicate, fluffy interior- all while apples, cinnamon, and vanilla swirl together. It’s a classic combination of flavors that is liable to remind you of being a kid watching these scrumptious delights being made by Mom or Grandma. If you’ve been hankering for a sweet pastry then try this old favorite on for size.

traditional apple fritters

To make these fritters you’ll need to start with 2 apples, diced finely. You don’t want a minced apple here, but about 1/4″ pieces. They need to be the right size. Cut them too large and your batter might not hold together as well. For this recipe we used Granny Smith apples, you could also use Honeycrisp, McIntosh, or any other tart apple you like. The tart ones are not only a great balance with the sweetness of the glaze, they also tend to be a little firmer in texture.

diced granny smith apples on cutting board

Once you have your apples cut and tossed with lemon juice to avoid browning, then it’s time to make the batter. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together. Then in a separate bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. After that fold in the diced apples.

These get fried to golden perfection in a pan of oil over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side before draining and cooling off. The glaze for these fritters is ridiculously easy. It’s just powdered sugar, vanilla, and a little bit of water. You can drizzle the glaze over the top or you can use a pastry brush to evenly coat each fritter (my personal favorite way to make them).

traditional apple fritters

This recipe makes 5 delicious fritters- just enough for breakfast and these fritters are insanely good with a cup of hot tea of coffee. We can’t think of a tastier way to start the day.

Traditional Apple Fritters

makes 5 fritters Prep 15m  Cook 20m

4.2
4.2 rating
Rated by 5 reviewers
For the fritters:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 apples Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
For the glaze:
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-5 teaspoons water

Recipe adapted from Served from Scratch.