Big Apple Fritters

 

I tried to recreate the Apple Fritters that the QuikTrip convenience store chain used to have. The ones they have now are just not the same. This recipe came pretty damn close with a few changes I made. As suggested, I doubled the nutmeg and added 1 tea. Cinnamon. I also increased the sugar to 1/3 cup. As suggested by another critic, I diced the apples and left them in the microwave for 4 minutes. Then I put them, liquid and all, into the dough and let the dough fall into 1/4 cup in the hot oil. Instead of dusting them with sugar after baking, I made a glaze from 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of water and drizzled it over the fritters. It dries to a sweet, slightly hard and crispy glaze on the fritters. My husband says that these fryers are more similar to the old QT fries than what they have in the store now, but they could be fried a little thinner and crispier. Next time I’ll add an apple and see if that doesn’t make the cake a hair thinner. Great recipe!

INGREDIENTS

• 3cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 3 Teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 Teaspoon salt
• 3/4teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 1 Teaspoon vanilla
• 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
• 1 ½ cups peeled, chopped apples
• Oil for frying
• Confectioners sugar
• Pour oil into a deep skillet or Dutch oven to a depth of about 3 inches. Heat to 375 degrees. Sift flour, sugar, salt, and Apple Pie Spice into a large mixing bowl. Place eggs in a separate bowl and beat them lightly. Stir in milk and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Add butter and beat with a mixer on low speed to moisten, about ½ minute. S
• crape down sides of bowl and increase speed to medium for 2 minutes longer. Fold in apples. Using a ¼ cup size measuring cup, drop into hot oil. Be careful not to splash the oil on yourself. If your pot is not very large at the top, you may be able to cook only one at a time.As the fritters cook, they will rise to the top. When browned on the first side, carefully turn them over with a spatulat o brown the second side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle immediately, and generously, with confectioner sugar or glaze I prefer glaze.To make glaze confectioners sugar and milk or water whisk together and glaze while warm.

Directions

  1. Pour oil into a deep skillet or Dutch oven to a depth of about 3 inches.
  2. Heat to 375 degrees.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, salt, and Apple Pie Spice into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Place eggs in a separate bowl and beat them lightly.
  5. Stir in milk and vanilla.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Add butter and beat with a mixer on low speed to moisten about 1/2 minute. Scrape down sides of the bowl and increase speed to medium for 2 minutes longer. Fold in apples. Using a 1/4 cup size measuring cup, drop into the hot oil. Be careful not to splash the oil on yourself. If your pot is not very large at the top, you may be able to cook only one at a time. As the fritters cook, they will rise to the top.
  7. When browned on the first side, carefully turn them over with a spatula to brown the second side.
  8. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle immediately and generously with confectioner sugar or glaze. I prefer glaze.
  9. To make glaze confectioners, sugar and milk or water whisk together and glaze while warm.

 

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