Crunchy Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

I don’t know about you, but I have been drooling over all the delicious apple recipes this season!   I was hoping to join the party this year, but it hasn’t happened yet.  I am hoping to break out my little pie bird in November, and make an apple/apple inspired pie.  I am hosting a birthday party in mid-November, and it will be a great opportunity to make a couple of pies, and have extra mouths to help eat them up 😉  In the meantime, I thought I would share an apple fritter recipe I came up with last year.  My apple fritters are more traditional, and I have added panko for an extra crunch, and paired them with a yummy cinnamony (Is that even a word?  It should be!) syrup.   My kids love these fritters and they are a great alternative to a heavier apple dessert.  I hope you add these to all the other apple desserts you may be trying this fall.

Baked Apple Fritters

8 to 10 fritters


  • 2 apples (sweeter varieties work well, like Fuji apples)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon (not used all at once)
  • 5 Tbsp sugar (not used all at once)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • neutral oil for pan frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Mix together 3 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, remaining cinnamon and sugar, and salt, until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs, until combined.
  • Fill a third container with panko.
  • Peel the apples and slice in 1/4 inch thick slices (you can core the apples before you slice them, or use a knife to cut out the seeds and core from each slice).
  • Set up a dredging station in this order: apples slices, flour mixture, milk-egg mixture, panko, and an empty plate.
  • Preheat the oil over medium heat. Place enough oil to completely cover the bottom of the fritters and part of the sides (I use an enameled cast iron 5 qt braiser, which takes 1 cup of oil).
  • Follow these steps to prepare your apples for frying (one apple at a time): 1. Place in the flour mixture to get a light dusting ; 2. Dunk in the egg-milk mixture; 3. Place back in the flour mixture, coating well; 4. Dunk once more in the egg mixture.; 5. Finally, place in the panko, coating well. Repeat with the remaining apple slices.
  • Once the oil is pre-heated, place the apples in and fry until golden brown on each side. When the apples are done, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a couple of paper towels to catch the excess grease. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture generously all over.
  • Syrup
  • Add all of the ingredients to a pot (I use stainless) over medium heat. Stir as needed until it comes to a boil. Let it continue to boil for about 2 minutes, watching it closely and stirring as needed (turn down heat if needed).
  • Drizzle the fritters with syrup and enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Serve these fritters with a scoop of ice cream on top, or even a little whipped cream!

    #2 Serve the apple fritters for brunch or as a breakfast treat.

    #3 Store the left-over syrup in the fridge for other yummy uses. It should hold up for several days or more. Warm before using.

    #4 Refrigerate any left over fritters for up to a couple of days.

    Try these other yummy fall treats:

    Pumpkin Spice Muffins

    pumpkin spice muffins main 2 with dark


    apple sauce main NEW

    Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

    Pumpkin Spice Pancakes


    I am excited to bring my apple fritters to Fiesta Friday #141!  Your lovely co-hosts this week are Julianna @ Foodie on Board and Zeba @ Food For The Soul

    Crunchy Apple Fritters

    41 Responses to“Crunchy Apple Fritters”

    1. 10/13/2016 at 9:11 am #

      We just went to the apple orchard last weekend Antonia! I’ve got 1/2 bushel of apples and have more than I know what to do with! I’ve made apple butter, apple sauce, apple crisp… Apple fritters are actually my mom’s favorite pastry! I’m going to tuck this away so that I can surprise her one day 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!

        10/13/2016 at 9:14 am #

        Apple season is the best! It sounds like you have made some wonderful treats, especially apple butter. I can eat it with a spoon. That’s awesome, I hope she enjoys them 😀

    2. Liz
      10/13/2016 at 9:19 am #

      I love fried and crunchy. I can imagine how good it is!!!

        10/13/2016 at 9:32 am #

        Me too…love crunchy! Thank you Liz 😀

    3. 10/13/2016 at 9:47 am #

      Mmmmmm yummy 🙂 Love apples, love apple fritters and love the crunch 🙂 thanks for sharing Antonia x

        10/13/2016 at 9:52 am #

        Thank you for the kinds words Lynne 😀

    4. 10/13/2016 at 9:56 am #

      Yum! I can almost their cinnamony goodness! I love your serving spoon!

        10/13/2016 at 10:01 am #

        Thanks Deborah! I found it years ago at TJ Maxx…love that store 😀

        • 10/13/2016 at 10:03 am #

          Ha! I rarely go shopping anymore! I spent most my life as a “mall rat” too. 🙂 I guess I’ll need to get out more if I want to find gems like your spoon.

          10/13/2016 at 10:05 am #

          You’re funny! You can find some great stuff at that store!

    5. 10/13/2016 at 11:44 am #

      These look yummy Antonia! We are going apple picking this weekend so will have to try these! Lovely recipes. xx

        10/13/2016 at 11:54 am #

        Thank you so much Lynn! Have a wonderful time this weekend, and I hope you get lots of apples 😀 That’s great, I hope you enjoy them.

        • 10/13/2016 at 11:59 am #

          Thanks! xx

          10/13/2016 at 12:00 pm #


    6. Sandhya
      10/13/2016 at 4:10 pm #

      Antonia, The apple fritters are perfect for the season! Panko must give them such a nice crunch! Yum!

        10/13/2016 at 4:16 pm #

        Thanks Sandhya! Fall is so wonderful, isn’t it? Yes, it adds a great crunch. I just love adding panko whenever I can 😉

        • Sandhya
          10/14/2016 at 8:07 am #

          Me too Antonia!

          10/14/2016 at 4:25 pm #


    7. 10/13/2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Love apple season! These look fabulous 🙂

        10/13/2016 at 10:06 pm #

        Yay, me too 😀 Thank you!

    8. 10/13/2016 at 7:57 pm #

      Looks great, Antonia. I wouldn’t think to use panko. What a clever idea. I can’t get enough apple treats this time of year either 🙂

        10/13/2016 at 10:11 pm #

        Thank you Diana 😀 You are very kind. Me either, just love this time of year!

    9. 10/14/2016 at 9:28 pm #

      Apple fritters are my very favorite pastry and these babies sound amazing!

        10/16/2016 at 11:14 am #

        Thank you Julie! I love them too 😀 Have a wonderful day!

    10. 10/14/2016 at 10:41 pm #

      Wow, your apple fritters are perfect for this season! I am so drooling over your photos! I think the gang at FF is going to make short work of them! Thanks so much for bringing them to FF! 😀

        10/16/2016 at 11:16 am #

        Thank you Julianna! You are very kind! Have a fantastic day 😀

    11. 10/16/2016 at 2:55 am #

      They look beautiful and sound yummy…You always very creative!

        10/16/2016 at 11:17 am #

        Aww, thank you my friend! Have a wonderful day 😀

    12. 10/16/2016 at 9:34 am #

      These sound SO good! I especially love the panko crunch.

        10/16/2016 at 11:18 am #

        Thank you Josette! I love panko too, it adds such a great crunch! Have a fabulous day 😀

    13. 10/16/2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Apples are one of the most common fruits in the UK, but they still tend to be a favourite for many of us. They have so many uses. Your fritter recipe looks and sounds wonderful and I think I’d like mine hot with ice cream, please. 🙂 I’ve never heard of panko, so I’ll look out for that.

        10/18/2016 at 10:15 pm #

        That’s interesting. I agree, they really do and are so delicious! Thank you for the kind words Millie! Panko is a Japanese style of bread crumbs and they add a wonderful crunch to fried or oven-fried foods. They are made from bread without the crusts typically.

    14. 10/18/2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Oh apple fritters – wonderful c

        10/18/2016 at 10:16 pm #

        Thank you Cecilia!

    15. 10/20/2016 at 11:35 pm #

      Simply delicious!!

        10/21/2016 at 8:30 am #

        Thank you Krystina!

    16. 10/28/2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Apple fritters are my very favorite and these look delicious!

        10/31/2016 at 10:15 am #

        Thank you for your kind words Julie 😀

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