Recently, since I have had more time, I have been reading more cookbooks. Also, I have been craving something fried. So bring the two together and you have apple fritters. This is a bit odd for me to make since I don't like cooked apples, but the apples bits are small and nicely speckled throughout the fritters. This recipe is adapted from one in Cook's Country. The nice thing about these is that it is a small recipe and therefore I didn't feel bad about making them and trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers. I quite like treats like this or other baked goods, but don't like that most baked goods make so much that two people can't possibly eat as much as the recipe makes. But I am pretty sure my co-workers don't complain when I bring extra goodies to work. All the better when it is a surprise and they walk into the break room with something good to start the day.
This recipe came together quickly. When frying the fritters, they stuck together really well so that there was very little cleaning of the oil to worry about, so I can easily reuse the oil for another batch at a later time or some other delicious treat which may appear here as well in the next few months. Plus, you only need one apple to put these together. For your next fried craving, try some apple fritters.
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly ground is better)
6 tablespoons orange juice (or apple juice or cider)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
3 cup canola oil for frying
Glaze (if desired)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Spread the apples in a single layer on paper towels to thoroughly dry them off. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, egg, and melted butter. Stir apples into the flour mixture. Stir the orange juice mixture into the flour and apple mixture.
Set a wire rack over paper towels. Heat oil in a dutch oven or similar pot until 350 F. Divide batter into 5 equal portions. Place batter into the heated oil and smooth the top. Be sure to keep the temperature between 325 and 350. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the wire rack to cool.
If you are using the glaze, whisk together sugar, cider, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Top each fritter with about 1 tablespoon glaze. Let set for about 10 minutes before serving.