|Fried brown sugar and cinnamon dough, filled with chopped apples and finished with a maple glaze.|
Maple Glazed Drop Apple FrittersApple fritters are delicious little bites of puffy fried, brown sugar and cinnamon dough, filled with chunks of apple. What could possibly be wrong with that?
I like to finish them with a powdered sugar glaze infused with just a touch of maple extract just because I do love how it tastes with apple. That's, of course, completely optional, as they are plenty good with a basic glaze or even just a simple dusting of plain powdered sugar, if you prefer.
Though you may certainly pan fry fritters in shallow oil, and I reckon that many people do, I prefer to cook my drop version in the deep fryer like I do with doughnuts and beignets. Pan frying seems to absorb a lot more grease than I care for with dough and a cast iron skillet can be hard to regulate with multiple batches of tender dough, making you end up with fritters that are burnt on the outside, raw in the middle and greasy.
My last upgrade on a deep fryer brought me to Emeril's T-fal fryer.
It's actually the second T-fal by Emeril branded small appliance I've purchased that I have been as pleased as punch over, the first being the one slow cooker I have found in years that actually works like it is supposed to. I talk about the slow cooker on my slow cooker beef stew post if you're in need of a new slow cooker.
This fryer is a large capacity one, so it can handle a big fry batch as well as smaller batches, the oil gets good and hot pretty quick and has a fast recovery time, but the biggest bonus is the fact that once the oil cools down, it has an easy, automatic filtering and draining system making it super easy not only to clean, but to recycle it over and over, giving you multiple uses. If you have a nice covered patio area, you could easily use it outdoors too, though I would store it inside once you're done and it's cooled off, simply because it is an electronic small appliance. I purchased mine on HSN, it's also available now at QVC, or you can find the fryer on Amazon with free shipping right now, if you're a prime member.
Enjoy these fritters while they are fresh and not too far out of the fryer though, because like any doughnut, that is when they taste the best.
Here's how to make them.
Recipe: Maple Glazed Drop Apple Fritters©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 2 dozen
For the Glaze: (makes about 1/2 cup)
For the Fritters:
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract
- 3 tablespoons of milk, more or less
- Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
- 1-1/2 cups of self rising flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped (about 2 cups chopped)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
- 1/3 cup milk, more or less
Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees F, or heat 2 inches of oil in a deep skillet. For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, extract and add 1/2 tablespoon of milk, adding more as needed until you have a thick but still liquid glaze. If mixture is too thick, add additional milk if needed, one teaspoon at a time; set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl; add the chopped apples and toss. Add the egg, melted butter and enough of the milk to form a thick batter.
Use a small cookie scoop, or a 1/8 cup measure, to carefully drop batter into the hot oil and cook until browned on both sides, turning over if needed. Drain on a rack over paper towels, let cool slightly and dip each fritter in the glaze. May also dust with powdered sugar or serve plain, if desired; serve immediately.
Cook's Notes: Substitute vanilla extract if you like. Like doughnuts, these do not store well for long, so eat them up when you make them! Many different apples will work - I used Gala apples this time. If substituting all purpose flour - increase baking powder to 2 teaspoons and add a pinch of salt.
Maple Pecan Sauce: For a great sauce to drizzle on top of plain fritters, combine 1 cup of maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of toasted, chopped pecans in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and drizzle warm sauce over the top of the fritters.
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