The crisp fall weather is in the air and apple season is officially here! What better way to take advantage of this time of year than to hit the orchards with your kiddos and whip up some homemade fritters for everyone to enjoy?!
The apple fritters were tested by Mackenzie FIVE times to make sure they were absolutely perfect … and I have to say, she really nailed this recipe! The apple cider in this recipe gives the fritters such an intense apple flavour that is so drool-worthy!
I know I’ve mentioned this before but I want to let you in on my little “ingredient shopping hack”! I buy all of my baking ingredients from Bulk Barn! In this recipe alone, I bought my flour, sugar, baking powder, icing sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, all from Bulk Barn! I honestly love shopping there so much because it’s so cost-effective and I love the fact that I can bring my own containers in order to reduce the amount of packaging coming into my home!
Alright … let’s dig into the recipe … shall we? I’ll warn you though, this recipe is highly addicting and insanely delicious! LOL!
- 1 1/4 cups apple cider (warmed like bath water temperature)
- 2 packets dry active yeast
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 6 tbsp vegan butter melted and cooled
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
- 4-5 green or tart apples, chopped
- 4 tbsp vegan butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Almond milk, to thin
- Make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm apple cider with the yeast and sugar.
- Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy and smells like bread.
- Add the melted butter, mix a little to combine and then add the 3 cups flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Mix the dough with a wooden spoon until dough comes together, and then use hands to mix in circular motion until smooth, about 3-4 minutes. The dough should come together, but be slightly sticky to touch.
- Grease a large bowl and transfer the dough ball inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (I like to use my oven with the light turned on), for about 40 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
- Make the glaze. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Add almond milk as needed to thin to desired consistency. Set aside.
- Make the filling. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-8 minutes.
- Continue to cook until the apples are caramelized, about 5 more minutes. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Transfer dough to large floured surface and roll into large rectangle, about the size of a cookie sheet lengthwise.
- Add apple filling to bottom half of rectangle, and carefully fold top layer over the bottom. Use a paring knife or serrated knife to cut dough into 20-25 small squares.
- Using your hands, fold over bottom corners over top of each fritter so that it looks like a satchel and apples won’t fall out the sides when frying (it’s okay if a few do!).
- Place uncooked fritters on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes. Before frying, stretch out fritters gently and slightly to ensure middle will cook properly.
- Fry the fritters. In a large deep sauce pan, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees. It’s important to fry the fritters around this temperature to avoid burning or soggy fritters.
- Once oil is heated, using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer fritters into the oil and let fry on each side for 40-60 seconds, or until browned and crisp. Watch carefully to avoid burning!
- Transfer to cooling rack. Drizzle glaze over fritters and serve warm.
- Store in airtight container for up to 2 days, but best served fresh.
If you happen to make these fritters, make sure to share your feedback with me in the comments below! I can’t WAIT for you to give them a try!