Memories of a home town bakery & Apple Fritters

Have you noticed that many of the long standing old school family bakeries are slowly vanishing? Several that have been open for well over 40 years are now gone here. Where I grew up there was a bakery in almost every shopping center close to our home. That memorable aroma when you first walked in of baked cake and bread is slowly disappearing here in suburbia. The bakery sections in the local grocery stores and super centers may have replaced them, but they will never really duplicate them.

I used to love when we stopped for fresh rolls and buns after Sunday Mass. The glass cases would be filled with butter cookies, pastry and the most beautifully decorated special occasion cakes with colorful flowers and leaves. They had assorted pies, chocolate cakes, crumb cakes and one of our favorites, apple fritters. Those large doughy pastries filled with chopped apple bits topped with a sugary glaze. They were amazing with a cold glass of milk.

Over the years I tried different recipes for apple fritters. The recipes were good but didn’t come anywhere near the ones from the bakery until I found this recipe several years ago. I think this is the best recipe for apple fritters anyone can make at home. Many times I was asked if they came from a bakery, that they hadn’t had apple fritter like these in years. What a great compliment!

This recipe is adapted from the Cook’s Country recipe book. They are easy to make and and I know you will love them.

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Apple Fritters

Ingredients
For the Fritters – Recipe make 10-12 fritters depending on size.
2 granny apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (I have also used Gala and Honey Crisp apples when I had them from an orchard we stop at)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon (Penzey’s Vietnamese Cinnamon works so well in this recipe)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup apple cider (Please use apple cider not apple juice)
2 large eggs lightly beaten
2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Glaze
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup apple cider (Please use apple cider not apple juice)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (Penzey’s Vietnamese Cinnamon works so well in this recipe)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions
Add all dry ingredients (flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in apples.
Next add wet ingredients (cider, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract) to a separate bowl and whisk together then pour mixture into dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat to about 350 degrees. Use 1/3-cup measure to transfer 5 heaping portions of batter into the hot oil. Press batter lightly with the back of spoon to flatten somewhat. Fry until golden brown (about 2 to 3 minutes each side). Once all fritters are fried, remove fritters and transfer fritters to wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet or to a paper towel to dry. Bring oil back to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining batter. Let fritters cool 5 minutes.
Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg in medium bowl until smooth. Spoon over fritters and let set for 10 minutes then serve.

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