Easy Homemade Apple fritters (eggless, no-yeast, no-milk)
It has been a very creative September so far. Tons of things to do in our garden. The red long sweet peppers are growing, and we harvest them almost twice a week now. It is so exciting! From farm to table, literally. We recently thought of pickling some, so we can enjoy them during winter.
We were also blessed with some large number of figs early in the month. We have enjoyed them in many ways so far. We ate some raw and made jam with them. Then this jam was used to top some Greek yogurt as a dessert, was used to top cookies and our favorite… spread some with butter in large slices of homemade artisan bread for breakfast. Delish! We are also making our own bread quite often. Trying to keep busy between blogging and working from home.
A few days ago, we have also harvested our squash. We were expecting some pumpkins, you know the ones used on Halloween, but to our surprise the plant turned out to be long butternut squash! No worries though we already have some ideas on how to use them. Pies, cakes, risottos, soups… you name it. If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share them with us :D
Besides squash, another autumn produce is apple. One can make so many things with them. They can be added in salads, they can be roasted with pork or chicken, or used in apple pies, fritters, jams.
When making sweet dishes with apples the first thing that pops up in our mind is adding sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Now this is the smell of a kitchen during autumn. Whoever invented this mix of spices was genius! Really!
Did we also mention apple fritters? The delicious, crispy, sweet apple treats coated with cinnamon and sugar. Oh my! We recently had them for breakfast and then it hit us. Why not share the recipe with our online friends? And here we are.
This recipe is a heritage. We both remember our grandmothers and then our mothers making fritters with some ripe apples. Always being frugal when there were to many of them! It’s an easy recipe to follow and healthy-ish, considering the brown sugar in the batter and the whole wheat flour that we used. This brown sugar gives the fritters an extra caramel flavor. Yummm! These fritters are eggless, milkless and no yeast. They are a perfect choice for those fasting and those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The preparation is also quick and easy. You grate the apples or cut them in small cubes (whatever you prefer). Then you simply put the rest of the ingredients together, making the batter and you are ready to fry them. Easy right? We told you it is.
Because of how easy this recipe is, it makes for a perfect weekend breakfast. Your children will love them. Waking up in the smell of frying apples, sugar, and cinnamon… nothing better than that, right? Plus, these fritters are better homemade then store-bought. It’s important to know the quality of the ingredients used in our food.
Enough said though, let’s see how to make these delicious homemade apple fritters.
For the fritters
- 2 red apples (around 250g each), grated*
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (150g/5oz)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (60g/2oz)
- 1 cup water (250ml)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- vegetable oil for frying (we used sunflower oil)
For the coating
- 3/4 cup sugar (150g/5oz)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
* We used the red delicious variety, but you can use another red apple variety you prefer.
Peel the apples, cut them in quarters, remove the seeds and grate them (pic.1). Add the lemon juice to prevent most of the discoloration of the apple (pic.2), mix and set aside.
In a large bowl, add the flour and the brown sugar (pic.3). Add the cinnamon, the nutmeg, the salt, and the baking powder (pic.4).
Mix all the solid ingredients well (pic.5). Add the water in the flour (pic.6) and mix well until a smooth batter is formed.
Add the vanilla (pic.7) in the batter. Squeeze the grated apple to get rid of the excess water (pic.8).
Add the grated apple in the batter (pic.9) and mix well (pic.10)
Mix the sugar and cinnamon (pic.11) for the coating until fully combined (pic.12).
In a medium frying pan heat about half inch / 1.5cm deep oil on medium high. Using an ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon drop batter into the oil (pic.13). Fry until golden brown about 4-5 minutes flipping once halfway through (pic.14). Do not overcrowd the pan with too many fritters as it will drop the temperature of the oil. Fry only 4-5 fritters at a time. Also, keep in mind, that fort the second batch, you might need to lower the heat a little bit, as the oil will be already quite hot.
When ready, place the fritters on a cooling rack. Set aside for a minute and then toss them into the sugar-cinnamon mix (pic.15). When coated, place them back on the rack (pic.16). Serve them while still warm.
1. If you like, you can also add a little powdered clove in the batter, together with the cinnamon and the nutmeg.
2. You can dust the fritters with powdered sugar and cinnamon instead of tossing them in the sugar-cinnamon mix we suggested. You can also drizzle with honey, cinnamon, and crushed walnuts instead of using any sugar for coating.
3. You can serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, salted caramel ice-cream or dip them in a bowl of maple syrup.
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