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Easy Gluten Free Apple Fritters in under 30 minutes

gluten free apple fritters

Easy Gluten Free Apple Fritters in under 30 minutes!

 

 

I don’t care what time of year it is; apple fritters are a classic! I think many of us with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance can agree that gluten-free deep-fried treats are hard to find. If you stock up on a large container of frying oil from your local wholesale store, you’ll be amazed by the amount of goodies you can whip up in your own kitchen! Similar to regular donuts or fritters, these don’t take long to cook. Once the fritters are dunked into the oil, all they need is a few minutes to turn a deep golden brown. The best part about this easy recipe is that it doesn’t require any yeast or rising time! My method is so simple that these gluten free apple fritters can be made from scratch in under 30 minutes!

A couple tips:

  • An all-purpose gluten-free flour like mine will keep the the dough together while frying. This will create that crunchy outer texture and chewy doughy inside that we all love in a fritter. If you don’t require a gluten free diet, you can substitute regular all-purpose flour.
  • Once you combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients, the fritter dough will become very sticky and hard to work with. Simply keep mixing and use a spatula to push down the batter every minute or so.
  • Don’t chop the apples too finely- you want to have some good chunks of apple to bite into!
  • Stick to my recommended portion of batter for each fritter: 1/4 cup. If the portion sizes are different, you could end up with raw or burnt fritters.

Deep-frying is much more free-form than baking. Obviously you don’t want to burn the fritters, but you can decide how crispy you want them to be. Keep a close eye on the color. Once they start to turn golden, they will turn brown very quickly. Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves or oven mitts and use a wide slotted spoon to prevent the fritters from slipping and splattering in the oil.

Don’t want to deep-fry the fritters? Bake them in the oven instead!

I totally get it. Cleaning up a huge pot of oil after making just a dozen apple fritters is not always ideal. So, if you want to eliminate that clean-up, you can bake them! Simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees and coat a 24-mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Prepare the fritter batter as usual, then fill each muffin tin to about 90% full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out of the center of the doughnut clean. Let them cool in the tin for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack, then top with your glaze.

Final step: the glaze!

One of my favorite things about fritters is that you have total control over their level of sweetness. The glaze on top can be light or heavy to curb your specific sweet tooth.

gluten free apple fritters

Why you’ll love these gluten free apple fritters

  • Crispy on the outside, cakey on the inside
  • Gluten free doughnuts are a easy to make at home
  • Chunks of fresh apple in every bite
  • A touch of sweetness from the glazeĀ 

Easy Gluten Free Apple Fritters

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Serves: 10-12 Prep Time:10 minutes Cooking Time:5-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Fritters:
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour, like mine!
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 3 cups peeled, cored, chopped apples, chopped into about 1/4-1/2" chunks (I used 4 gala apples)
  • Oil for frying
  • For the glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoon milk

Instructions

1

Add about 8 cups of oil to a large sauce pot with a lid over high heat. The oil will be ready when it has reached 180 degrees - I recommend using a thermometer to make sure it reaches that temperature.

2

Meanwhile, prepare your batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3

In a separate medium bowl, beat the vanilla, eggs, and milk on medium speed until well combined, about one minute.

4

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat for about three minutes on medium speed until well combined. Use a spatula to push down the dough that rises on the beaters- it will become very thick and sticky.

5

Fold the apple slices into your dough; tuck them into the dough as much as you can.

6

Now you're ready to make some fritters! Once your oil is hot enough, use an ice cream scoop or deep spoon to scoop out a heaping amount - about 1/4 cup - of your dough and carefully slide it into the oil. (You do not need to shape balls out of the dough- you won't be able to because the dough is too sticky and uncooperative. Some will end up looking a little funky, but that just means extra crispy edges on those!) Scoop in four to five spoon-fulls at a time, making sure the pieces don't touch each other.

7

Let each fritter fry for two to three minutes, then turn them all over and fry for another two to three minutes. You may want to repeat this process. You want them to be golden brown, but closer to brown than golden. If they are light, that means they are still raw in the center. Trust me, you want them to turn dark!

8

Once they are cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer each fritter onto a paper towel-lined plate to get off any excess oil, then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat this process for the rest of your dough.

9

While each batch is frying, prepare the glaze. Whisk the powdered sugar and milk in a wide, shallow bowl. Add more milk as needed, but you don't want it to be too runny!

10

Once the fritters have cooled for about five minutes. drizzle the glaze on top of each one. Let the glaze set for about ten minutes before eating.

11

Enjoy these immediately, if possible. They will keep for about two days in an airtight container before they start to lose their awesomeness.

Easy Gluten Free Apple Fritters

Print Recipe
Serves: 10-12 Prep Time:10 minutes Cooking Time:5-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Fritters:
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour, like mine!
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 3 cups peeled, cored, chopped apples, chopped into about 1/4-1/2" chunks (I used 4 gala apples)
  • Oil for frying
  • For the glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoon milk

Instructions

1

Add about 8 cups of oil to a large sauce pot with a lid over high heat. The oil will be ready when it has reached 180 degrees - I recommend using a thermometer to make sure it reaches that temperature.

2

Meanwhile, prepare your batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3

In a separate medium bowl, beat the vanilla, eggs, and milk on medium speed until well combined, about one minute.

4

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat for about three minutes on medium speed until well combined. Use a spatula to push down the dough that rises on the beaters- it will become very thick and sticky.

5

Fold the apple slices into your dough; tuck them into the dough as much as you can.

6

Now you're ready to make some fritters! Once your oil is hot enough, use an ice cream scoop or deep spoon to scoop out a heaping amount - about 1/4 cup - of your dough and carefully slide it into the oil. (You do not need to shape balls out of the dough- you won't be able to because the dough is too sticky and uncooperative. Some will end up looking a little funky, but that just means extra crispy edges on those!) Scoop in four to five spoon-fulls at a time, making sure the pieces don't touch each other.

7

Let each fritter fry for two to three minutes, then turn them all over and fry for another two to three minutes. You may want to repeat this process. You want them to be golden brown, but closer to brown than golden. If they are light, that means they are still raw in the center. Trust me, you want them to turn dark!

8

Once they are cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer each fritter onto a paper towel-lined plate to get off any excess oil, then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat this process for the rest of your dough.

9

While each batch is frying, prepare the glaze. Whisk the powdered sugar and milk in a wide, shallow bowl. Add more milk as needed, but you don't want it to be too runny!

10

Once the fritters have cooled for about five minutes. drizzle the glaze on top of each one. Let the glaze set for about ten minutes before eating.

11

Enjoy these immediately, if possible. They will keep for about two days in an airtight container before they start to lose their awesomeness.

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