Apple Fritters

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 firm apples, such as Granny Smith
Directions
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the sparkling water, buttermilk and vanilla, and stir until the mixture forms a batter. Let rest for 15 minutes.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the lemon zest.

  • In a heavy 4 to 5-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil and vegetable oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. (If you don't have a thermometer, a cube of bread should brown in about 3 minutes.)

  • Meanwhile, peel and core the apples, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Using paper towels, blot the apple slices dry.

  • Add the apple slices to the batter and toss until coated. Working in batches, fry the apples, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with the lemon sugar while still warm. Serve immediately.


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