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Apple Fritter Rings

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These apple fritter rings are fried in a simple batter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar to create the perfect fall treat.
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  1. Apple Fritter Rings Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Apple Fritter Rings Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These apple fritter rings are an easy alternative to old-fashioned apple fritters. Crisp apples are battered and fried to golden perfection, then lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar. 

apple fritter rings stacked on top of each other and drizzled with powder sugar

Apple Fritter Rings Ingredients

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You will need:

  • Oil for frying, needs to be 1 to 2 inches deep in the pan
  • 4 apples
  • 1 can of ginger ale
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

POWDERED SUGAR: Granulated sugar can replace the powdered sugar in this homemade apple fritters recipe.

APPLES: Any apples can be used in this recipe, but we think the best apples to use are crisp, sweet varieties like Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Jazz. 

GINGER ALE: Lemon-lime soda can be substituted for the ginger ale, for a milder, sweeter flavor.

How To Make This Apple Fritter Rings Recipe

STEP ONE: Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil to 350°F in an electric frying pan or a skillet on the stove.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you don’t have a way to test the temperature of the oil, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the hot oil. If bubbles gather around it, the oil is ready.

STEP TWO: Core the apples, then slice them ¼-inch thick and set them aside.

PRO TIP:

You can slice the apples first, then use a spoon to remove the core from each of the apple slices.

apple fritter rings process shot of apples sliced on a wooden board

STEP THREE: Whisk the ginger ale, flour, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

apple fritter rings ingredients being whisked together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Once the oil is hot, dip each apple ring in batter and then into the hot oil. Working in batches, arrange the fritters in a single layer without crowding, so that they don’t stick together. 

apple fritter rings process shot of apple slices being dipped into batter

STEP FIVE: Fry fritters for two minutes, then turn them over gently and fry for two more minutes. Remove to drain on a paper towel. Keep them crisp in a warm oven while you repeat the process with the remaining apple rings.

PRO TIP:

Taste test your first batch to make sure the apples are still crisp. Overcooking the apples will result in mushy, soggy fritters. Keep the oil hot while you work, drain the excess oil, and serve the apples soon after frying to keep them crispy as long as possible.

STEP SIX: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the finished hot fritters.

apple fritter rings process shot of ingredients together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Serve warm.

How To Serve

Dip the warm apple fritters in caramel sauce or take this dessert from simple to special by topping them with our homemade vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of hot fudge sauce, and a sprinkle of nuts.

If you like simple classics like this dessert recipe, try our old-fashioned oatmeal cake. For a bubbly apple recipe that’s baked, not fried, we have this quick and easy apple crisp.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the battered apple rings covered on the counter for a day or two. Reheat in the oven or in a pan on the stove. Microwaving these apple rings will turn them to mush.

IN THE FREEZER: Freezing is not recommended as the apple rings will become soggy once thawed.

apple fritter rings sprinkled with powder sugar with a bite taken out of it

If your family loves dessert after dinner but you don’t have a lot of time, these fried apple rings are a simple treat. Pick up a can of ginger ale and a few apples the next time you shop, and see why these apple fritters are the best ever.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are my fritters soggy?

Overcooking your apples will make them soggy. Fry your fritters for no more than 2 minutes per side for crisp fritters.

What are the best apples to use for apple fritters?

Sweet crisp apples such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Jazz are the best varieties for making this apple fritter recipe.

What can the fritters be served with?

Dip these delicious apple rings in warm caramel sauce, or top them with vanilla ice cream, caramel or hot fudge sauce, and a sprinkle of nuts.

What kind of hot oil is best for deep frying?

Fry only with oils that have a high smoking point. The smoking point is the temperature it takes for the oil to start to break down and smoke. Once it smokes, it’s not good for frying. Good oils to use are peanut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, or vegetable oil. Olive oil on the other hand is not a good oil to fry in.

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Apple Fritter Rings

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These apple fritter rings are fried in a simple batter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar to create the perfect fall treat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 24 fritter rings

Ingredients
  

  • oil for frying, needs to be 1 to 2 inches deep in the pan
  • 4 apples
  • 1 can ginger ale
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil to 350°F in an electric frying pan or a skillet on the stove.
  • Using an apple corer, remove the core from the apples.
  • Slice the apples into ¼-inch slices and set them aside.
  • Pour the ginger ale into a medium-sized mixing bowl and add the flour and salt. Mix together using a whisk.
  • Once the oil is hot, dip each apple ring in batter and then into the hot oil. Working in batches, arrange the fritters in a single layer without crowding, so that they don’t stick together.
  • Fry fritters for two minutes, then turn them over gently and fry for two more minutes. Remove to drain on a paper towel. Keep them crisp in a warm oven while you repeat the process with the remaining apple rings.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the finished hot fritters.
  • Serve warm.

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Notes

  • If you don’t have a way to test the temperature of the oil, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the hot oil. If bubbles gather around it, the oil is ready.
  • You can slice the apples first, then use a spoon to remove the core from each of the apple slices.
  • Taste test your first batch to make sure the apples are still crisp. Overcooking the apples will result in mushy, soggy fritters. Keep the oil hot while you work, drain the excess oil, and serve the apples soon after frying to keep them crispy as long as possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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