Homemade Apple Fritters

Soft homemade donut dough folded with apples and spices and fried in a cast iron skillet for a crispy exterior crust. This recipe comes to us from blogger Nick Evans. For more recipes like this one, head over to his website.

Level

Intermediate

Prep time

45 minutes

Cook time

30 minutes

Serves

12

Cook it with our

Classic Cast Iron Skillets

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 ¼-ounce package, active dry yeast (2 ½ teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (105-115 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • ½ stick (¼ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for shaping
  • Canola or other neutral oil for frying

Apple Filling

  • 4-5 Gala apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

Directions

Dough
  1. Combine milk and water in a mixing bowl. Add yeast and let sit for 5 minutes until yeast foams.
  2. Add all other ingredients, flour last, and mix with a dough hook until dough forms a soft, but not sticky ball. If it’s sticking to the bowl, add more flour. If you don’t have a mixer, you can just use a wooden spoon.
  3. Dust dough with flour and let rise for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  4. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface into a large rectangle (about 12×18 inches).
Filling
  1. Peel, core, and dice apples. Toss with lemon juice. Add butter to a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once melted add apples and sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook for 5-6 minutes until apples are soft. Stir regularly.
  2. Remove apples from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Fritters
  1. After you roll out dough, Add half of the filling mixture to the dough on half of it. Fold the other half over. Then add more filling and fold the dough over a second time, creating layers.
  2. Cut the dough into about 1-inch cubes. It’s okay if apples spill out and make a mess.
  3. Use your hands to make fritters out of the apples and dough. I recommend smashing together 2-4 sections to make smaller or larger fritters depending on your preference. Press them together tightly but it’s okay if they fall apart a bit.
  4. Wipe your Cast Iron Skillet out well from cooking the apple filling and fill with neutral frying oil. Fill it about 1/2-1 inch full of oil. You don’t need a lot of oil.
  5. Heat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry fritters in batches for 3-4 minutes per side until they are golden brown. Test one to make sure they are cooked through.
  6. Remove fritters and let them drain on a rack or on some paper towels. Then drizzle with glaze.
  7. Serve while warm or store in an air-tight container for a day or two.

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