Amish Apple Fritters are delicious fried doughnuts, made easily from scratch with a simple batter and fresh apple chunks, cinnamon, and a sweet glaze. They are SO GOOD!
I have two little secrets…I am a “Morning Person” and Amish Apple Fritters are my favorite doughnuts! I LOVE these delicious crunchy fried doughnuts, made easily from scratch with a simple batter containing fresh apple chunks and cinnamon, and covered with a sweet glaze.
For over 20 years, I had to be up at 5:30 A.M. every workday to leave by 6:30 to be in my office at 7:00 A.M., ready for a day’s work. Not entirely convenient for making apple fritters! Ha Ha.
These days I find myself in a different season of life…no children at home to get up and out of bed before leaving…AND my commute to the office these days is no more than walking upstairs to my home office, where I work for my husband’s company. My world has changed drastically!
My” new normal” is… instead of grabbing a large mug of coffee and shoving toast in my mouth while heading out the door as I did while working full-time, I now seem to revert to “boring” breakfasts such as oatmeal or toast and eggs.
HOWEVER… I do love a great apple fritter, doughnut or pastry occasionally. I mean, really, who doesn’t??? (if we’re truth-telling here).
How I Found This Recipe For Amish Apple Fritters
I love to try new recipes and learn new cooking techniques in the kitchen, AND my favorite doughnut of all time is the humble, yet glorious Apple Fritter. One day, while looking at recipes on Pinterest, I saw one for these doughnuts, written by a great-grandmother named Polly.
I could tell I would like this easy recipe from the very beginning (aren’t ALL recipes written by great-grandmothers wonderful?)… so I made them, and sure enough…these fritters were amazing!
Sometimes, a warm apple fritter and a strong cup of coffee are exactly what this old girl wants. Please notice I did not say what this old girl needs… now THAT’S another story, *cough, cough!
Hope you enjoy them…occasionally (wink wink)! Here’s how easy they are to make…you’ll be a doughnut maker in no time!
How To Make Amish Apple Fritters
First, mix up the batter. In a large bowl (or the bowl to a stand mixer), cream the sugar and eggs for 1-2 minutes with an electric mixer.
To this batter, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and milk. Mix these ingredients together well.
In a separate bowl, mix the chopped apples with the lemon juice. Using a spoon, add the apple mixture to the batter and stir well, to combine.
Cooking Amish Apple Fritters
Heat vegetable oil to 375° F. in a large skillet or electric skillet. You will need a deep-fry thermometer or an electric skillet with temperature control.
NOTE: It is very important to make sure the temperature is hot enough to fry the fritters correctly.
Once the oil is at 375° F, scoop out really large spoonfuls of the fritter batter (as big as you can get ’em!). Carefully slide the fritter into the hot oil, because that oil is HOT!
See in the photo below how the apple fritters are starting to turn golden brown? This is a GOOD thing. When they get to a true golden brown color, carefully turn the fritters over to the other side. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes for the first side.
I found it helpful to use two spoons to carefully flip the Amish apple fritters over. Once they have been flipped over, continue cooking.
How Long Do You Cook The Amish Apple Fritters?
The total cooking time for the Amish apple fritters is approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.
NOTE: The cooking time may vary a bit, based on two things: the SIZE of the fritters you cook, and having the proper oil temperature to cook in.
When the fritters become nice and brown (see photo below) on both sides, then you know they will be ready and cooked through. You might need to flip them over again to make sure both sides are deeply browned.
IMPORTANT TIP: Once fritters are done, make sure that the oil temperature returns back to 375° F, before adding the next batch of Amish Apple Fritters to cook!
Once each batch of apple fritters are done, use a slotted spoon to remove them, one at a time, to a paper towel lined platter or wire rack to cool. You will need several layers of paper towels to absorb any remaining oil on the fritters.
Glazing Amish Apple Fritters
Now all you need to do is make the quick and easy glaze for the finished apple fritters! It is important to let ALL the fritters cool completely, before adding the glaze to them!
Mix up the glaze in a medium sized bowl. Use a pastry brush to “paint” it onto top and bottom of the cooled fritters.
Let the icing firm up a bit, then these delicious Amish apple fritters are ready to eat, and enjoy!
Pour yourself a great cup of hot coffee or tea… and take a bite out of one of those yummy Amish Apple Fritters!
You can see the chunks of apples inside the fritter! The Amish apple fritters are crunchy on the outside, and nice and soft on the inside!
Sure hope you enjoy these Amish apple fritters! We LOVED them. Have a GREAT day!
Interested In More DOUGHNUT Recipes?
You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorite doughnut recipes include:
- Glazed Lemon Poppyseed Doughnuts
- Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts
- Glazed Pumpkin Buttermilk Doughnuts
- Old-Fashioned Cake Doughnuts
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- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2-3 cups peeled , cored and chopped Granny Smith or Gravenstein apples (firm pie apples!)
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying (approx. 4-5 cups- enough to come halfway up sides of pan or skillet)
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 3-4 tsp. warm water (thin enough to make the glaze "paintable")
- In a large bowl (or the bowl to a stand mixer), cream the sugar and eggs for 1-2 minutes with a mixer.
- To this, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and milk. Mix these ingredients well.
- In a separate bowl, mix the chopped apples with the lemon juice. Using a spoon, add the apple mixture to the batter and stir well, to combine.
- Heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees (use a deep-fry thermometer or use an electric skillet with a temperature control). It is very important to make sure the temperature is hot enough to fry the fritters correctly.
- Once the oil is at 375 degrees, scoop out really large tablespoonfuls of the fritter batter (as big as you can get 'em!) and carefully and gently slide the fritter into the hot oil.
- When they get to a true golden brown color, carefully turn the fritters over to the other side (I used two spoons to carefully flip them) and continue cooking. (This should take approx. 2-3 minutes on each side).
- When the fritters become brown on both sides (you might have to flip them over again to make sure both sides are brown), then you know they will be ready and cooked through.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the fritters, one at a time, to a paper-towel lined (several thicknesses) plate to drain and cool.
- To make a glaze for the tops of the fritters, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and water in a small bowl until you have a nice "paintable" glaze.
- Using a pastry brush, brush this glaze over the entire top of the fritter. Let glaze harden slightly, turn it over and "paint" the glaze on the bottom. Place glazed fritters on wire rack; let glaze harden, then serve.
If you do not like glaze on your fritters, the author of this recipe also suggests sprinkling the hot "right out of the fryer" fritters with powdered sugar and cinnamon. For mine, I used the glaze option and they were perfect.
Tip #1: These apple fritters are at their very best the first day you make them!
Tip #2: If using self-rising flour as substitute for all purpose flour, omit baking powder and salt from the recipe.
Tip #3: Once oil cools, strain it, store it in a container in refrigerator to use on another batch!
Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!