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Small Batch Apple Fritters

Crispy on the outside and soft with sweet bits of apples and crunchy pecans on the insides, these Apple Fritters are a delight. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, this small batch recipe will yield about four fritters, depending on how large you make them.

Four fritters on a white plate next to pecans and an apple.

Apple fritters made with a simple batter and filled with plenty of juicy bits of apples are the ultimate treat. They're fried in oil and dusted with powdered sugar and can be ready in less than 30 minutes!

Perfect with a tall glass of cold milk, these apple fritters are best when eaten warm.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Homemade apple fritters are so much better than the ones found at your local bakery.
  • They're easy to make.
  • They're made with 1 small apple and this small batch apple fritters recipe will yield about 4 of the best apple fritters!

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

the ingredients needed to make apple fritters labeled and on a brown table.

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: Use all-purpose (plain) flour.
  • Baking powder: This helps the fritters rise.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon and nutmeg go so well in apple desserts.
  • Brown sugar: Use either light or dark brown sugar in this apple fritters recipe. I love the slight molasses flavor that the brown sugar provides.
  • Water: To thin out the batter.
  • Apple: Use 1/3 cup of chopped, cored, and seeded apples. This is about 1 small apple or a half of a large apple. My favorite types of apples to use are Gala, Honey Crisp, or Granny Smith apples.
  • Oil: Use canola or vegetable oil for frying.
  • Powdered sugar: I like to dust a small amount of powdered sugar over the apple fritters after they're fried. You could make a glaze instead by mixing together the powdered sugar with a small amount of water. Drizzle the glaze over cooled fritters.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Combine flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
mixing sugar, flour and spices in a bowl.
  • Stir in water.
mixing water into a flour batter.
  • Gently fold in apples and pecans.
mixing apples and pecans in a fritter batter in a bowl.
  • In a deep, 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, add enough oil to come halfway up the sides. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Using a large metal spoon, carefully drop dough into oil and fry 4 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
four fritters frying in hot oil in a small pot.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove fritters from the pan and drain on a large paper towel-lined plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy while warm.
dusting powdered sugar over fritters.

Expert Tips

  • Don't overmix the batter. Overmixing will make the fritters tough.
  • Use a pan that is larger than you think you will need. I find a 2-quart saucepan to be the perfect size for this small batch apple fritter recipe.
  • Don't overcrowd the saucepan when frying the apple fritters. Fry 2-3 fritters at a time. Adding the batter to the pan will cause the temperature of the oil to drop which will cause the fritters to take longer to cook, resulting in them being undercooked on the insides.
  • Try to maintain a constant temperature of 350 degrees. You will need a thermometer to make sure the oil is always at the correct temperature. Make sure that the tip of the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pan.
  • Allow the fried fritters to drain on a paper towel before eating.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Store Apple Fritters?

Apple fritters are best eaten shortly after making them. If you want to save a few to enjoy later, store them in an airtight container so they don't dry out. They will last 2 days at room temperature, and 1 week in the refrigerator.

Can I Bake Apple Fritters?

I don't recommend using this apple fritters recipe to bake fritters. They need to be fried.

Do I Have To Use A Thermometer For My Oil?

I recommend using a thermometer, it's the best way to know the exact temperature of your oil. If you don't keep the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees, you are likely to end up with fritters that are greasy on the outside and undercooked on the inside.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this apple fritter recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes.

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two hands pulling apart an apple fritter.

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Small Batch Apple Fritters

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: apple fritters, apples, beignets, donuts, fritters
Servings: 4 fritters
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup chopped, cored, and seeded red apple
  • ¼ cup pecans , chopped
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Stir in water, gently fold in apples and pecans, and set aside.
  • In a deep, 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, add enough canola oil to come halfway up the sides. Heat to 350°F.
  • Using a large metal spoon, carefully drop dough into oil and fry 4 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove fritters from pan and drain on a large paper towel-lined plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy while warm.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Don't overmix the batter. Overmixing will make the fritters tough.
  • Use a pan that is larger than you think you will need. I find a 2-quart saucepan to be the perfect size for this small batch apple fritter recipe.
  • Don't overcrowd the saucepan when frying the apple fritters. Fry 2-3 fritters at a time. Adding the batter to the pan will cause the temperature of the oil to drop which will cause the fritters to take longer to cook, resulting in them being undercooked on the insides.
  • Try to maintain a constant temperature of 350 degrees. You will need a thermometer to make sure the oil is always at the correct temperature. Make sure that the tip of the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pan.
  • Allow the fried fritters to drain on a paper towel before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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8 thoughts on “Small Batch Apple Fritters”

  1. Joanie I’d like to try this recipe but I don’t know what to do with the used oil. I’ve never deep fried anything. Help please. Lol

    1. Hi Nickie, Allow the oil to cool and then transfer the cooled oil into a disposable container and seal it shut. You can simply throw the container away. If you would like to reuse the oil, strain the oil with some cheesecloth and store it until you are ready to use it again. I find that I can only reuse oil once or twice after the first time.

  2. Leonora Tordini

    5 stars
    love all your recipes because I live alone and always find it hard to only cook for “1”….thanks for sharing…

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