Apple fritter recipes produce treats that are delicious at any time. This pastry is great as a late night snack with a bowl of ice cream and perfect with a cup of coffee for breakfast. This particular apple fritter recipe has been passed around the neighborhood and back several times over the years, and with each successive tweak it gets better and better.
While this recipe calls for apples, blueberries and cherries can be substituted without changing the rest of the recipe.
Apple Fritter Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need for Dough:
1 cup shortening
2 ½ cups white flour
½ teaspoon salt
Use a pastry cutter to cut the shortening into the flour. When the shortening has been cut into crumbles, add the salt. Sprinkle with a few drops of water as you continue mixing the dough. When it starts to form a ball, check for stickiness. If it's too sticky to roll, add a dusting of flour over it, and set it aside.
Ingredients You Will Need for Filling:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup cold water
4 apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ginger
Oil for frying
Combine cornstarch and ½ cup cold water in a glass, and stir until dissolved. Mix all remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan, and cook over low heat until the apples are tender. Add the cornstarch to the boiling apples, stir until blended and then remove from heat and set aside. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
Roll out the ball of dough until you have a thin sheet of pastry dough. Use an upside-down cereal bowl to cut circles in the dough. Run a bead of water around the edge of the circle, place the apple mixture on one half of the circle and fold over, sealing the edge. Use a fork to crimp the sealed edge.
Add the oil for frying into a deep cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. When the oil reaches 350 degrees, put 2 to 3 fritters into the hot oil, and cook on each side for approximately 3 minutes. Remove when golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, or drizzle with thin powdered sugar glaze.
Don't get scared off by the hard-to-pronounce name; this French dessert could not be easier to make and is sure to impress anyone you serve it to.
Apple strudel recipes call for a lot of work thanks to the delicate, flaky crust. Even though you can take a shortcut and use phyllo dough instead, there is nothing like an apple strudel made from scratch.