First off, I want to start by saying that I believe in partially cooking the apples before frying. I am highly bothered by a raw apple surrounded by cake. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
Use granny smith, pink lady, or honeycrisp apples. These apples will hold their shape well when baked. I used granny smith because those looked the best in the store.
The apples should be cut into a dice.
These apples are going to be partially cooked. If an apple is going to be placed in a cake like substance, I think it tastes best somewhat softened. You can put them in raw if you prefer it the other way.
Let the apples drain over the bowl. That excess moisture will affect the batter if it’s not drained.
You can use any hard cider that is apple flavored. I love using Angry Orchard. The flavor from their beer always make me think of fall!
Similar to my Hard Cider Doughnut Recipe, you reduce the beer to concentrate the flavor. If you don’t do this step, it won’t be as flavorful.
Separate the 3/4 cup reduced beer into 1/4 cup for glaze and 1/2 cup for the batter.
Apple Fritters with Hard Cider Beer
- 1 bottle Cider Beer apple flavored
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 large granny smith apples peeled, diced
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp melted unsalted butter
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- reduced cider beer
- Reduce beer by simmering one bottle on medium heat until reduced to 3/4 cup. Set aside 1/2 cup for batter and 1/4 cup for glaze.
- Melt 1 tbsp butter. Add apples and cook on medium high heat until it begins to soften (2 minutes). Add 1 tbsp sugar. Cook another 2 minutes. Drain and let cool.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) until combined.
- In another large bowl, mix egg, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp melted butter. Add cooled apples. Alternate adding 1/2 reduced hard cider and flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Heat deep fryer or shallow saucepan to 350. Fry 2 minutes per side. Dip in glaze once slightly cooled.
- Mix powdered sugar and desired amount of reduced cider beer into the bowl. If the beer is not warm, use a microwave safe bowl and heat 15 second intervals until desired consistency.