These tender, sweet fritters deliver full-on fall flavor, and couldn’t be easier to make. Just be sure you’re starting with clean, fresh oil for frying so that the fritters don’t pick up any stale flavors, and use a candy thermometer to closely monitor your oil temperature. Going lower than 360 degrees will leave you with greasy fritters, but go over 370 degrees, and you run the risk of over-browning or burning. Finish the fritters off with a sweet creamy glaze and serve with coffee for a delightful autumn treat.
2 cups (about 8 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
3/4 cup apple cider (such as Zeigler’s)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 oz.) salted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups diced peeled apples (such as Granny Smith or Fuji) (about 3 apples)
3 cups (about 12 oz.) powdered sugar
1/2 cup apple cider (such as Zeigler’s)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make It
Prepare the Fritters: Whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice in a large bowl. Stir together apple cider, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add apple cider mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until combined. Gently fold in diced apples.
Prepare the Glaze: Whisk together all Glaze ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.
Pour oil into a Dutch oven to a depth of 3 inches. Heat over medium to 360°F to 370°F. Working in batches, drop tablespoonfuls of batter into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer Fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Dip Fritters in Glaze, and place on a wire rack on a baking sheet to catch drips. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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