Homemade apple fritters are nothing like what you find in stores. These are warm, soft, crunchy, and soooo good!
Adjust the apple content to your liking and never fear running into a bite without a delicious chunk of apple inside.
Apple fritters are an old fashioned doughnut recipe that’s been around for decades (or centuries even). It’s crazy to think about their history but why learn it when you can live it? This old fashioned apple fritters recipe is sure to get you excited for apple season or using up those uneaten apples in the pantry.
Making apple fritters isn’t crazy difficult, at least not with this recipe. This recipe is pretty simple compared to other donut recipes out there.
This one has no yeast and will require frying the fritters in a pot of oil. That said, I have another apple donut recipe (it’s baked) if you aren’t feeling up to frying a batch.
With apple chunks and apple cider in this recipe, every bite has a nice amount of tasty apple flavor. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar or add a simple powdered sugar glaze for a sweet experience the moment it touches your tongue.
Ingredients for making homemade apple fritters
- Oil -used for frying the donuts.
- All-purpose Flour– the gluten base.
- Baking powder– the leavening agent that helps these donuts to puff up while frying
- Salt-enhancing the flavors in this recipe.
- Cinnamon and Cloves– adding a bit of spiced flavor into every bite.
- White sugar and Brown sugar– adding both sweetness and depth of flavor.
- Eggs– the binder keeping the donuts together.
- Butter– adding a richness of flavor.
- Vanilla– making other flavors stand out nicely.
- Sour Cream– adding moisture and richness while keeping the dough thick until fried.
- Apple Cider– Giving us more moisture and apple flavor.
- Diced Apples– peeled or unpeeled you’ll enjoy finding these bites of fruit in your donuts.
How do you make apple fritters?
- First, start by filling a large pot full of oil (either canola or peanut) and bringing it up to temperature. You’ll need about 2-3 cups of oil for this, and I personally recommend a 6 quart dutch oven because they heat more evenly.
- Use a candy thermometer to make sure that the oil has reached 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set the bowl aside.
- In another bowl, cream together the white and brown sugar with the butter.
- Add in the vanilla extract and the sour cream. Mix until everything is combined.
- Mix half of the dry ingredients together with the wet ones, stirring until just combined.
- Add in half of the requested apple cider and then mix again.
- Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix just until combined (again).
- Now add in the remaining bit of apple cider and mix again to combine.
- Fold in the chopped apples (peeled or unpeeled) until evenly distributed.
- Drop the donut dough by the rounded tablespoonfuls into the hot oil.
- Turn them over periodically until the fritter is browned evenly. This should take about 6-8 minutes.
- Let them cool and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar before serving.
Homemade Apple Fritters
- canola oil or peanut oil
- 2 cups flour all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 1 cup apples diced
- You'll need enough oil for the apple fritters to float, I like to use a 6 quart dutch oven because they heat evenly. You'll most likely need 2-3 cups of oil.
- Heat the oil to 350ºF. Use a candy thermometer or instant read thermometer to make sure it's the right temperature.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
- Cream together the white and brown sugar and the butter.
- Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla and sour cream, mix until combined.
- Add half of the dry ingredient mixture and mix until just combined.
- Add half of the apple cider and mix until just combined.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredient mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Add the rest of the apple cider. Mix until just combined.
- Fold in the apples gently until evenly mixed through.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of batter into the oil, turning periodically until the fritter is browned evenly. This will take about 6-8 minutes.
- Let cool and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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