Apples are such an amazing fruit. They are delicious, crunchy, juicy, and so healthy they have their own popularized adage (an apple a day keeps the doctor away). They are also amazing in desserts!
One of my favorite apple desserts has to be apple fritters. I don’t mean an overly sweetened doughnut with little pieces of apples. I like more of a play on traditional fritters, which provide a wonderful balance between tasting the fruit and having dessert. Traditional apple fritters are basically slices of apples battered and fried. I have created an extra crunchy panko crusted pan-fried version, topped with a delicious cinnamon syrup. These fritters are unique, crunchy, delicious, and you can really taste the apple. Happy September everyone 🙂
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
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.
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!
#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.