Fall is officially here and with that comes crisp weather, autumn leaves and all the wonderful, comforting flavors of delicious apple recipes. October is National Apple Month and is the perfect time to celebrate this sweet and juicy fruit. Although apples are available year-round, the fall harvest is special in particular with all of the newly available seasonal varieties. From warm apple cider to freshly baked apple pie, apples are such a versatile ingredient that’s definitely welcome at this time of the year. To kick things off this month, we’re going to go with a simple and delicious autumn treat that we’d love for not only for breakfast, but at any time of the day–Cinnamon Apple Fritters! Sweet, tart apples are cooked in browned butter, sugar and cinnamon, then deep-fried to a golden-brown crisp. Follow it with a generous drizzling of homemade glaze and voila! You have yourself a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, scrumptious dessert that couldn’t be more fitting for those brisk autumn days.
With so many delectable varieties coming back this time of the year, we couldn’t be more excited for the month of October. After all, it really is apples galore during the fall season! A true autumn favorite, apples are certainly a fruit worth a month’s celebration. Perhaps you enjoy the extremely sweet flavor and crisp firmness of the incredibly popular Fuji Apples. Or perhaps you crave the aromatic, sweet yet subtly tart flavor of Green Dragon Apples. No matter the variety, each type of apple serves different purposes best. For our cinnamon apple fritters, you’re going to want to choose apples that will hold their shape and texture well during the cooking process. Although Granny Smith Apples are a well-known, go-to variety, Fuji Apples and Honeycrisp Apples also have a wonderfully intense sweet-tart flavor and great texture that’s made for baking, sautéing and more. To explore our complete selection of apples, please visit here.
Cinnamon Apple Fritters
Yields: 10 to 12 servings
For the filling:
- 4 apples (Use Organic Granny Smiths, Organic Fujis or Organic Honeycrisps)
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
For the dough:
- 3 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 to 5 cups of Vegetable oil, for deep frying
For the glaze:
- 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Chop up your apples into small pieces. Place in a bowl and mix together with lemon juice.
2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the eggs and sugar for 2 minutes.
3. Add the flour, cinnamon, salt and milk and continue to mix. Then, gently fold in the apples into the batter.
4. Heat up your vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Take 2 large serving spoons and scoop out the batter together. Place the dough into the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Make sure both sides are golden brown before removing from the heat.
5. After the fritters have finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove the fritters from the oil. Place the fritters onto a paper towel-lined wire rack to drain off any excess oil. Then, place the fritters onto another rack to cool.
6. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until the sugar has dissolved. After the fritters have cooled for a bit, paint on the glaze on top and allow to harden before serving.
What are your favorite apple varieties? What other fall treats are you looking forward to enjoying this time of the year?