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Apple Fritter Rings

close up shot of apple fritter rings piled on top of each other and drizzled with powder sugar on a white plate
Crisp breaded Apple Fritter Rings fry up light and golden in an electric fryer or skillet. Ginger ale gives a special flavor and texture to the batter, and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar is the finishing touch.
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  1. APPLE FRITTER RINGS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE FRITTER RINGS RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. FAQ
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These apple fritter rings are an easy alternative to old-fashioned apple fritters. You won’t need a fryer for these, just a frying pan! Crisp apples are battered and shallow fried to golden perfection, then lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar. 

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.

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

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APPLE FRITTER RINGS INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • Oil for frying, only needs to be 1 to 2 inches deep
  • 4 apples
  • 1 can ginger ale
  • 1 ½ 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 recipe.

Apple varieties: 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 milder, sweeter flavor.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE FRITTER RINGS RECIPE

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

PRO TIP: 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 one quarter inch thick and set aside.

PRO TIP: You can slice the apples first, then use a spoon to remove the core from each slice.

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 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 the 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 all the apple slices.

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 grease, 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 apples.

apple fritter rings process shot of ingredients together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Serve warm. Dip these apple fritters with caramel sauce or take this dessert from simple to special top them with our homemade vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel, or fudge sauce and sprinkle with nuts.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store 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.

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. Apple fritters are often made with buttermilk, but using soda instead of heavy dairy in the batter gives the apple fritters a light crust. 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.

FAQ

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 apple fritters.

What can the fritters be served with?

Dip your fritters in warm caramel sauce, or top them with vanilla ice cream, caramel or hot fudge sauce and a sprinkle of nuts.

Do I need an air fryer?

You don’t need an air fryer. This recipe uses a frying pan to make the fritters.

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close up shot of apple fritter rings piled on top of each other and drizzled with powder sugar on a white plate

Apple Fritter Rings

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Crisp breaded Apple Fritter Rings fry up light and golden in an electric fryer or skillet. Ginger ale gives a special flavor and texture to the batter, and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar is the finishing touch.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 24 fritter rings

Ingredients
  

  • oil for frying only needs to be 1 to 2 inches deep
  • 4 apples
  • 1 can Ginger Ale
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Turn on the heat to your oil to reach 350°F.
    TIP: If you don’t have a way to check the temperature of your oil a quick cheat is to use the handle of a wooden spoon. If bubbles form around the wood then the oil is hot enough to fry.
  • Using an apple corer remove the core from the apples.
    TIP: If you don’t have an apple corer you can slice the apples then use a spoon to carefully remove the core circle.
  • Slice the apples into ¼ inch slices and set aside.
  • Pour the ginger ale into a medium-sized mixing bowl and add the flour and salt. Mix together using a whisk.
  • Once your oil has reached temperature dip each apple ring into the batter that has formed and carefully drop it into the hot oil. Depending on the size of your frying setup, don’t add too many at the same time or they will stick together. For a typical countertop electric fryer, you will only be able to add 3 at the same time.
  • Turn apple slices over after 2 minutes to cook the other side, the apple slices will be cooking on the top.
  • After 4 minutes of frying time remove each apple ring then allow it to drain on a paper towel. If they are not being eaten right away as you take them out they can be kept warm in the oven.
  • Drop more into the oil.
  • Take a small mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Mix together and dust the fried apple fritter rings.
  • Serve warm.
    TIP: These apple fritter rings are delicious with caramel sauce – the type you use on ice cream. Ice cream would also probably taste really good with these fritters.

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Nutrition

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