Saturday, April 14, 2012

Apple Fritters on a Saturday Morning

This morning I had great intentions of me and the boys all working together to make apple fritters, but my oldest just wasn't up to it. Apparently the little one shared his stomach virus with him. So Ben and I forged ahead without him. Ben loves to pour and stir, though he is a bit independent and wants no help from momma. He gets frustrated if I try to help, so I usually just wait until everything is in the bowl and "ready" to cook. I give the batter a couple good stirs on the way to the stove. Happy three year old and no harm done.

These are a great alternative to donuts and yummy with a cup of morning coffee or a tall glass of milk for the kiddos.

Apple Fritters

1 heaping cup unbleached flour (do not level)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs melted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 - 1 1/2 cups apple, chopped in small pieces
oil for frying
Glaze: mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 Tbs milk (alternative: mix granulated sugar with cinnamon)

Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl. In separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Gently stir into dry mixture until just combined. Fold in apple pieces. Heat oil on medium high. Oil will be ready for frying when a drop of dough floats to the top. Using a tablespoon, place a few balls of dough into the oil, careful to not overcrowd. When the underside is golden brown, turn and continue frying until done. Be careful to avoid getting the oil too hot or fritters will turn brown without fully cooking the inside.

Place fritters on a paper towel lined plate to cool slightly and drain off excess oil. Roll in glaze mixture and serve. An alternative to the glaze is to roll fritters in a cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. 

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