Amish Apple Fritters

While the trees are shifting to several shades of bright colors, the sweet produce of summer slows it’s growing to prepare for the colder and shorter days ahead and apples prepare themselves for their star time of year.

My Instagram has been filled with pear recipes of late and pears are a classy, underrated fruit that has been in the shadow of it’s superstar cousin apple for far too long, but I still had to make these fritters. These bumpy fritters with a glaze that melt slightly with the warmth of your fingers holding on as you eat them

The Amish live in America and have done rather quietly since the early eighteenth century. My interactions have been limited to seeing a shop named Yoder in Virginia on a quiet Saturday night stroll between line dancing at an old railway station; but the memory that stands out most is seeing an array of Amish goods at Reading Terminal Market and those fritters that looked incredible.

I was too busy repeating to myself that I had to get the roast pork sandwich from Tommy DiNic’s that I never made it back to that stall…a regret I will have until the day I return to Philadelphia. In the meantime, these homemade apple fritters really do hit the spot perfectly.

Full disclosure, I initially tried to make these in two thousand and fifteen and they didn’t photograph well, then I made them again and the light was not on my side, but if I’m honest, these tasted the best of all three batches I had made.

Amish Apple Fritters
Adapted from The Grateful Girl Cooks
Makes 8 medium fritters

2 1/2 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
4 cups sunflower or coconut oil
1 cup confectioner’s/icing sugar
1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons water

Place the finely chopped apples and lemon juice in a bowl, stirring to combine. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place the sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat until the sugar has dissolved.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until it is a smooth batter.

Add in the apples and stir through.

Heat the oil in a medium pot until it reaches 190C/375F with a thermometer or test it out by dropping a small spoonful into the oil and when it bubbles immediately then the oil is ready for frying.

Drop large spoonfuls into the oil and allow to cook until a golden color and carefully fold over, allowing approximately 2 minutes for each side.

Remove and allow to cool on paper towels.

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl for the glaze and mix to combine into a smooth mixture.

Brush the glaze over the fritters and allow to set.

Consume within 24 hours.

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