Apple fritters for Hanukkah

December 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

We celebrated Hanukkah this season with good friends.  For dessert, we enjoyed apple fritters, which were so delicious.  I’d never made apple fritters before, but found an excellent recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s website (her recipes always turn out well).  I modified her recipe slightly, using a tiny bit less sugar and twice as many apples.  I also made my fritters quite a bit larger than she suggests.  These were also very good leftover the next day, for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe, with my changes:

Apple fritters

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 apples (we used 3 granny smith and 1 braeburn), peeled and cut into chunks
  • oil, for frying (several cups)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and melted butter.  Stir in the flour mixture.  Fold in the apple pieces.

Pour the oil into a heavy saucepan or dutch oven, and heat it over high heat until hot (a small piece of batter will sizzle when dropped into the hot oil).  Drop batter by large spoonfuls (about 1/3 cup of batter per fritter) into the hot oil, 2-3 fritters at a time.  Cook fritters 2-3 minutes each, turning them over midway through the process.  Use a slotted utensil to remove fritters from the hot oil.  Drain on paper towels, and then roll while hot in the powdered sugar.   Makes about a dozen fritters.

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