This cake donut-like fried pastry is easy to make and the perfect fall dessert! A sweet batter is dotted with fresh, crisp apples and deep fried until perfectly golden brown, then it's finished by rolling in plenty of cinnamon sugar. Makes about 26.
2 1/2tspground cinnamon,divided
1 2/3cups (236g)all-purpose flour(scoop and level to measure)
2 1/2tspbaking powder(preferably aluminum free)
2cups (232g)peeled cored and tiny diced apples*(cut into 1/4-inch dice), at room temperature
2/3cupapple cider,at room temperature
2large eggs,at room temperature
6cups (48 oz)vegetable oil,for frying
Heat oil in a large pot to 350 - 360 degrees.
Meanwhile in a small mixing bowl whisk together 3/4 cup of the sugar and 2 tsp of the cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add apples and toss with a spatula to evenly coat.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together apple cider, eggs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, butter and vanilla. Pour mixture into bowl with flour mixture. Fold with a spatula until just combined.
Scoop dough out by the spoonful (about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time) and using a second spoon carefully scrape batter into preheated oil, fitting about 7 at a time.
Let cook until golden brown on bottom, about 60 - 90 seconds then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown, about 60 - 90 seconds longer. Keep an eye on oil temperature to maintain 350 - 360 degrees.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain just briefly (about 10 seconds) then transfer to cinnamon sugar mixture in bowl and toss to coat. Repeat process using up all of the batter. For best results serve warm.
*Good apple options include golden delicious, honeycrisp, gala, pink lady or fuji.Nutrition estimate based off 10 Tbsp oil being absorbed, and 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar mixture remaining. Serving is based on 2 fritters per person.