Apple Fritters

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup / 250 mL apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon / 15 mL cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon / 15 mL baking powder
  • 1 cup / 250 mL all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup / 125 mL sugar
  • 1 tablespoon / 15 mL cinnamon
  • 4 cups (1 L) vegetable oil
    (for deep-frying)
  • 6 apple rings, 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick,
    cores removed (about 2 med. apples)
Method:
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cider, cornstarch, and baking powder. Stir in enough of the flour to form a stiff batter.
  • In another bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.
  • In a high-sided pan, heat the oil until it reaches 365 degrees F / 185 degrees C. Dip the apple rings in the batter and drop them carefully into the oil.
  • Fry in batches if necessary.
  • Turn the fritters so they brown on all sides. (The fritters may also be fried in a countertop deep-fryer, following the manufacturer's instructions.)
  • When the fritters are golden brown, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Toss the fritters in the sugar mixture and serve immediately.
Serving:
My favorite way to serve apple fritters is with hot cajun sausage (substitute any favorite sausage), and potato pancakes. I sometimes also add some diced boiled turnip on the side.

These could also be served as a dessert item, hot or cold. On a cold winter night, they are great with hot apple cider.