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Homemade Apple Fritters Recipe

Homemade Apple Fritters Recipe

Homemade Apple Fritter Recipe is the perfect way to start a chilly fall day. Sweet apple filled goodness make these apple fritters a delicious breakfast!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, fritter
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Servings 20
Author Gina Kleinworth



  • 1 cup warm water 115 degrees is perfect
  • ¾ cup buttermilk- room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter- melted & slightly cooled
  • 3 tbsp dry active yeast
  • ½ tbsp table salt
  • 2 large eggs- room temperature
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • quarts canola oil for frying


  • 4-5 medium apples
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk



  • In a large mixer bowl, combine the water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter & yeast, stir & then allow to sit approx 15 minutes for the yeast to proof. (you know it's ready when it's puffed & frothy)
  • Add in the eggs and salt followed by the flour and cinnamon & mix together slowly using a dough hook until flour is incorporated.
  • Set on med-low speed & mix/knead 10 minutes
  • Once mixed, let rest 10 minutes while you make your filling & preheat the oven

Prepare the filling

  • Peel, core, & chop the apples into small pieces.
  • Place a large saucepan over medium heat, & melt the butter.
  • Add sugar & stir it in until the sugar melts.
  • Add the apples, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, & apple cider vinegar.
  • Cook the apples, stirring occasionally until they are golden & caramelized, & almost all of the liquid has evaporated from the pan. (15-20 minutes)
  • Scrape the apples into a shallow pan or bowl, and refrigerate them until they're room temperature or cooler.

Assemble & cook

  • Dust your work surface with flour & turn dough out onto your work surface.
  • Roll it into a thin layer about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Spread half of the apples over half of the dough.
  • Fold the dough over on itself, and press down gently to seal the apples into the middle of the dough.
  • Press the dough out into a thin rectangle again, flour it as necessary to keep it from sticking.
  • Add the rest of the apples on half of the dough, and fold it over itself again. (This process helps distribute apples randomly throughout the dough layers.)
  • Pat the dough back into a thin rectangle.
  • Use a bench scraper or large sharp knife to cut the dough into small squares, about 1½" or so. Line two baking sheets with parchment
  • Gather together about 4-5 squares (total weight 2.5-3 oz) & press them together into a patty, pinching them at the top to help secure them. (it's okay for them to be odd shaped or for some apples to poke out)
  • Place a fritter on a baking sheet, then repeat until all of your fritters are formed.
  • Cover the fritters loosely with a cloth and let them rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  • Toward the end of the fritter rise time, preheat the frying oil into a medium-large saucepan, and insert a deep fry thermometer.
  • Turn the heat to medium and heat until the oil reaches 350 F.
  • (During the frying process, keep a close eye on the thermometer and monitor the temperature carefully.)
  • Place 2-3 fritters at a time in the oil and fry them for 1-2 minutes per side, until they are puffed and golden brown.
  • Once cooked, remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon & place them on a paper-towel lined wire rack to cool.
  • Repeat with the remaining fritters. (keep a close eye on your oil temperature & adjust your heat accordingly)


  • Whisk together all glaze ingredients.
  • Drizzle on the fritters, or spoon it on.