These Easy Homemade Apple Fritters are packed full of fresh apples, easy to make with simple ingredients, and can be ready in just 30 minutes! They're destined to be a new family favorite!
Here's a super quickie for you all! These Easy Homemade Apple Fritters were are spur of the "I really want some fritters," moment, kind of delicious creation and they were sooo tasty I had to share!
Inspired by a recipe from I Am Baker, over time (and many many delicious fritters later), have adapted it to an apple fritter recipe that we absolutely love.
- Apples - Honeycrisp are a favorite (mainly because they are just an overall favorite apple) but Granny Smith is also great in this recipe. An apple that's more crisp and tart will work best.
- Lemon Juice - This helps to keep the apples from browning after they've been diced, but also helps highlight the acidity.
- Flour, Baking Soda, and Sugar- You can use all purpose or a gluten free flour or nut flour. We have not made these with whole wheat flour.
- Eggs, Milk, Butter - We usually use 2% milk but you can absolutely use whatever you have. Almond milk works great, too!
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg - Just a pinch of nutmeg adds a great flavor. But you could also use a touch of apple pie spice!
- Ground Ginger - Totally optional but a fun touch! I love the flavor ground ginger brings to sweet treats, I always use it in our homemade granolas.
- Vanilla Extract - Have you made your own, yet?
Then for the glaze, you'll need some confectioner's sugar, too!
Easy to Make
- 1. Step 1: Dice apples, mix dry ingredients and wet in separate bowls.
- 2. Mix into a batter.
- 3. Fry!
Tips for Making Apple Fritters
- Apples: Be sure to dice those apples small. Especially since we pack 'em into these fritters. These are truly apple fritters with a serious emphasis on apples, because in my opinion, there's nothing worse than getting an apple fritter and searching for the apple.
- Frying: Make sure that your oil is hot enough. If you don't have an instant-read thermometer (although if you don't have one, trust me you won't regret buying one) but you can also do the wooden spoon test. See recipe notes.
Oil Temp: You want to bring your oil up to temp, but then make sure that the temp stays there. So once your oil has reached 375 degrees, turn your burner down just a little to ensure that it doesn't get too hot. If your oil is too hot, you'll burn your fritters. But also, if your oil gets too cool, the inside of the fritters won't fully cook. That's where an instant-read thermometer comes in handy!
Fritter Size: We love a slightly larger fritter, which is more of an overflowing 1/4 cup or small 1/3 cup of batter size. If you're not sure if they're done yet, use a sharp knife and insert it into the center of the fritter. If it pulls clean, you're good. But if it doesn't that means it's still doughy and needs to cook longer.
Toppings!: One of the most fun parts! While we love this glaze, we also love a cinnamon and sugar blend, but also to add a fun maple touch, you could coat them with our Maple Sugar Glaze!
Brunch plans? Secured with these Easy Homemade Apple Fritters! Or try one of these other sweet brunch treats!
- Strawberries and Cream Scones
- Sourdough Walnut Cinnamon Rolls
- Butterscotch Snickerdoodle Bread
- Glazed Chocolate Munchkins (Donut Holes)
- German Apple Pancake
- Banana Maple Munchkins
Easy Homemade Apple Fritters
- 3-4 cups apples, diced about 2-3 apples, peeled and diced into bite-size pieces (honeycrisp or granny smith)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch nutmeg or apple pie spice!
- pinch ground ginger (optional)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon melted butter cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-5 teaspoons milk or water
- Dice your apples, place in a bowl and add lemon juice. This will prevent the apples from browning.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Add milk, vanilla, and cooled melted butter (don't add it hot, you'll cook your eggs!) Whisk together with a fork until it is all combined.
- In another medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ground ginger.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well until a loose dough is formed. Fold in the apples.
- Fill a frying pan or sauce pan with about 3-4 cups of oil or so that you have about 3-4 inches of oil in your pan. Heat oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer or an instant read thermometer. If you don't have a thermometer, use the wooden spoon test (see notes).
- Use a measuring cup to drop batter into oil, 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup. Fry until the outside is golden brown. Flip and fry other side until golden brown, for a total of about 4-5 minutes. You'll know they're done if you insert a small knife into the center and it comes clean. If not, fry a little longer so that the center is fully cooked. This time will depend on the size of your fritter.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let cool. Repeat with all the batter.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of milk (or water). Add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you have the consistency you want. Think thick by drizzly.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry.
Recipe adapted From I Am Baker.
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