As the nights (and days!) are getting colder and colder and colder around here, my kitchen is becoming a hub for all the activity. My crock pot has basically been out for the entire week and with the holidays approaching I have been having some fun trying my hand at new recipes. I’ve had an entire leftover bag of apples sitting around for over 2 weeks and finally I decided I needed to get into gear and make something with them before the met their destiny with the garbage can. I didn’t want to do another pie, so I decided to try fritters!
As I was making these I kept thinking what a perfect date night activity this would make– I mean, whats better than saving money and having a cozy night in preparing something delicious and THEN getting to eat it? Win win. So here is the recipe that will make all your foodie date night dreams come true. If it were me, I would pair these with hot chocolate or some Witch’s Brew wine warmed over the stove.
So what will you need? First things first, I always love a chance to use my kitchen-aid mixer for baking, and because I had my crock pot out already I figured I would let my chopped apples stew in some cider so they would be a bit softer inside the fritter. I also grabbed these adorable tea towels from Target and knew they would make the perfect backdrop for the photo above, you can get yours here.
Apple Cinnamon Fritters
Vegetable Oil for frying (I used about half a bottle)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp oil
3 cups of apples chopped, diced (cooked down in crock pot if you prefer)
1 cup cinnamon sugar mix
In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Pre-heat oil to 375 degrees (really important to heat this properly. I didn’t have a thermometer and had to do several test batches to figure out how hot I needed my oil… too hot and the outside will scorch and the inside will still be gooey. Too cool and the fritter will soak up the oil without frying and taste disgusting.) Pour milk, eggs, oil and vanilla into dry mix and stir. Add in apples, ensuring even distribution.
Next, check your oil and if it is read, plop small balls of dough mixture into the oil. I used an ice cream scoop to get the right size, and it helped dropping them in as well. Let the fritters fry, about 5 minutes until the are golden brown. (I would pull apart your first batch and make sure it is cooked all the way through. If not, you may want to turn your heat up a bit!) Immediately roll fritters in the cinnamon sugar mix!
Enjoy with a piping hot cup of cider!
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