Loaded with fresh apples, these Glazed Apple Fritters are the perfect treat for a cool Fall morning!
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Keyword: apple, donut, fritter
Servings: 7large fritters
2-3cupscanola or vegetable oilfor frying
For the Dough
1tspactive dry yeast
2large egg yolks
2Tbspunsalted butter, melted
For the Apples
1large applepeeled, cored and diced
For the Glaze
In a large bowl, combine the yeast, flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
Add the milk, egg yolks, melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir until just combined. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm (85°F) location for 2 hours.
To make the Apples, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the diced apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Stir until well coated. Add the apple cider and let cook for 9-10 minutes, or until cider is mostly reduced. Set aside to cool.
Once dough has rested, transfer it to a well-floured countertop. Press dough out into a square approximately 10"x10". (The dough should be soft and roll-able at this point.) Spread the cooked apples evenly around the top of the dough, and then fold the dough into thirds (like a letter). Place dough on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Cover and place back in a warm location for another 30 minutes.
Using a deep fryer or a large Dutch oven, heat the canola or vegetable oil to 375°F. (An easy way to check the temperature is to drop a pinch of flour in the oil. If it bubbles up and turns brown quickly, then the oil is ready to go.)
On a well-floured surface, carefully press/roll the dough out into a rectangle about ½” thick.
Cut the dough into 4-oz pieces (~1/3 cup of dough) and set pieces on a well-floured surface to rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the Glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a small stainless steel bowl. Place bowl over a medium saucepan of gently boiling water (make sure water doesn’t touch bottom of bowl). Heat until Glaze is warm, stirring occasionally.
Gently press/roll each piece of dough into a 4” oval. Carefully place the dough in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 60-90 seconds per side. (Tip: Don’t forget to flip the fritters to ensure even cooking.)
Remove fritters from the oil and let dry on paper towels.
While still warm, brush the fritters with the warm Glaze.