Deep fried dough filled with fresh apples and coated with a vanilla glaze, these easy homemade apple fritters are a delicious treat for breakfast or dessert!
Fried Homemade apple fritters
If you’ve been craving a classic apple fritter, you’re going to love this simple recipe! And while these delectable goodies look difficult to make, homemade apple fritters are actually very simple to prepare! In fact, you can whip up a batch of these fried apple fritters for your family in under 30 minutes.
Other apple desserts you will love:
- Apple roses with puff pastry
- Apple coffee cake
- Puff pastry apple Danish
- Incredibly delicious apple tiramisu
- Apple pull apart bread
- Apple cinnamon muffins
Does Starbucks Have Apple Fritters?
While apple fritters did appear on the menu at Starbucks a few years ago, the sweet treat has been discontinued. The original recipe featured diced apples coated in cinnamon and was topped with a vanilla glaze. Even though you can’t find them at your favorite coffee shop any more, you can still enjoy the sweet flavors at home with this quick and easy recipe!
Ingredients for Homemade Apple Fritters
These easy apple fritters taste just like the delicious fritters that used to be served at Starbucks. And the beauty of this simple treat is that you probably have everything you need to prepare them at home right now. To make your own apple fritters recipe, you’ll need:
- Fresh apples
- Baking powder
- Oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
How do you make apple fritters?
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder cinnamon and salt.
- Make a well in the mixture and add 1/3 cup of milk, eggs and applesauce. Mix completely
- Peal and dice the apples and fold into the batter.
- In a pan or skillet, bring oil to 375°. Once oil is hot, drop 1/4 cup of batter in the oil. Let it fry on each side for 3 minutes until golden brown. Remove and let rest on paper towels to help soak up excess oil.
- Place fritters on a baking rack to cool
- In a mixing bowl whisk the glaze ingredients together.
- Set rack of fritters on a baking sheet to catch the excess glaze while pouring glaze over the fritters. Glaze the fritters 2-3 times.
What apples are best for this recipe?
With so many different types of apples in the grocery store, it can be difficult to know which ones to pick when you’re baking a sweet treat. Baking apples are typically firm enough to hold up during the long cook time needed to bake a pie. These apples include varieties like Honey gold, Jonathan, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, and Cortland.
But when you’re frying apple fritters, it’s a good idea to use a more tender apple that doesn’t require a long cooking time to soften. Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, McIntosh, and Red Delicious are all great options for fritter frying. These less firm varieties will soften more quickly when frying, allowing you to enjoy a delicious fritter without worrying about crunchy apples when you take a bite.
No matter what type of apple you choose to use in your fritters, it’s important to inspect the fruit before you purchase it. When buying apples, look for:
- Firm apples with no bruises or bug holes
- Apples that aren’t too hard
- Ripened apples with few green or yellow spots
- A strong apple aroma
How to Prepare the Apples
Before you start preparing the batter for your apple fritters, you’ll need to get your apples ready to be cooked. There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your apples taste amazing inside your donuts.
- Wash the apples. Take the time to wash your apples in cold water to remove dirt and debris from the fruit before you start peeling and slicing.
- Remove the peel and dice. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the apple. Cut the apple into quarters, then trim the core off the edge of each piece. Slice each apple piece in half lengthwise, then chop the apple into small pieces horizontally.
- Toss with lemon juice. If you won’t be adding your diced apples to your fritter batter immediately, toss the diced apples with a small amount of lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
How to store homemade apple fritters?
I’d be surprised if you have any leftovers after preparing these delicious donuts. But if you do have some fritters left, there are a few different storage options you can use to keep them fresh. No matter how you choose to store them, make sure to place your leftovers in an airtight container to prevent them from becoming moldy or drying out.
You can store your fritters at room temperature if you plan to eat the leftovers right away. When stored at room temperature, they’ll stay fresh for up to two days.
The fritters can also be placed in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Can You Freeze Homemade Apple Fritters?
While these donuts will stay fresh for a few days on their own, with the help of your freezer, you can save your homemade apple fritters for several months! To freeze your fritters, start by letting them cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put the sheet in the freezer. Allow the fritters to freeze through, then transfer them to a freezer bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, then seal it and place it back in the freezer.
Homemade apple fritters can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.
Can you reheat apple fritters?
Keep in mind that if the fritters are chilled or frozen, it’s best to reheat them before eating them. You can reheat the fritters in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through. Or place the fritter in the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute to reheat.
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Homemade apple fritters
- 3 honey crisp apples
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Applesauce
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups oil
For the glaze
- 2 cups Powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 cup Milk
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Make a well in the mixture and add 1/3 cup of milk, eggs and applesauce. Mix completely. Peal and dice the apples and fold into the batter.
- In a pan or skillet, bring oil to 375°. Once oil is hot, drop 1/4 cup of batter in the oil.
- Let it fry on each side for 3 minutes until golden brown. Remove and let rest on paper towels to help soak up excess oil.
- Place fritters on a baking rack to cool
- In a mixing bowl whisk the glaze ingredients together. Set rack of fritters on a baking sheet to catch the excess glaze while pouring glaze over the fritters. Glaze the fritters 2-3 times.
Megan Ellam says
oh wow! These look incredible! I wish you did deliveries too 🤣
Kids to love this quick and easy dessert. Perfect Breakfast or Tea Time Treat option. Yum
Thank you so much for this delicious and really easy to make fried apple fritters! Fam really loves it! Will have it again, well done!
Oh my….these are the best fritters! And they’re perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.
Kim @ Three Olives Branch says
So, so good! I love making these for fall and they taste just amazing – much better than anything store bought.
Marisa Franca says
This is a perfect Fall dessert! I’m making it for an upcoming party we’re having for the neighborhood kids. I’ll be serving apple juice along with it and for the adults I think a bit of fermented cider. Can’t wait – I know they’ll all love the Fall theme.
Wow, I love apple fritters. This year, I have to make them, and I will use your method as it is clear and looks simple to follow. I will be back and let you know how my apple fritters turn out. Hopefully will look as pretty as yours!
I am not happy!!! Well that isn’t true, I am very happy…my skinny jeans aren’t happy!
These were AMAZING!!! I didn’t want to share them with the kids at all!
Katie Crenshaw says
I have always loved apple fritters at the bakery, but have been too scared to make them at home. Your recipe was easy and they turned out perfect! I just loved them.
Moop Brown says
This recipe looks super yummy and perfect for fall. I also appreciate yours tips provided on what apples are best to use.
Beverly Stine says
I have been looking for an easy apple turnover. Thank you!