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German Apple Fritters Recipe

German Apple Fritters Recipe

German apple fritters also known as Apfelkräpfla (which literally means mini apple doughnuts) in the Franconian region in Bavaria, are simply fried apple dough balls or doughnut bites coated with cinnamon sugar.

Apfelkräpfla are made by dipping apple cubes in a yeast batter. They are so tasty, simple and fun to make with kids.

Enjoy the apple fritters for breakfast, afternoon tea/coffee, as a snack or dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, vanilla custard or whipped cream.

Ingredients used to make Apfelkräfla

  • 125 g (about 1 cup/ 4.4 oz) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 150 ml (¾ cup – 1/8 cup/ 5 fl oz) milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 4 large apples (600 g/ 1.3 lbs)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg, room temperature

You’ll also need

  • Butterschmalz (clarified butter)/ vegetable oil to fry the apple bites
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

How to make German fried apple dough balls

Add yeast, milk, egg, flour and sugar to a large bowl and whisk. Then let the batter stand for about 15 minutes while peeling and cutting the apples into cubes. Next mix cinnamon and sugar together and set aside.

Now take a small pot! Very important and add oil, such that 1/3 of the pot is filled with oil and heat over medium heat. If you use a large pan, then your apple bites will turn out like apple rings. And that’s not what we want.

How to cut apples into cubes and deep fry apple fritter bites

Next peel and cube the apples. Just take one apple at a time, peel it and then cut it into quarters. Remove the core and cut each quarter into half, crosswise.

You just want to have bite sized apple cubes in the end. Some of the apples that I’ve used were pretty big, thus why I’ve cut them into eighths instead of quarters before cutting them into cubes.

Once you’re done cubing the apple mix it into the batter, before the next apple. Otherwise the apples will turn brown.

Next use a wooden spoon to check if the oil is ready. Simply insert the wooden spoon handle in oil. If bubbles start forming around the spoon, then the oil is ready.

Take a spoon and a fork and take one apple cube coated with batter at a time and drop it into hot oil. The fork is making sure that you’re not taking or picking up to much of the batter. Once the bottom is nicely brown, turn it, until the other side is also golden brown.

Using a slotted spoon remove the apple bites from the fat, put them on the cooling rack lined with paper towels to remove the excess fat.

Once you’re able to touch them with your hands, put them into a large bowl or on a platter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar that you’ve previously made. Enjoy

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German Apple Fritters Recipe

German apple fritters also known as Apfelkräpfla (which literally means mini apple doughnuts) in the Franconian region in Bavaria, are simply fried apple dough balls or doughnut bites coated with cinnamon sugar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Beignets, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: European, German
Keyword: Apfelkräpfla, apple beignets, apple doughnuts, apple fat cakes, apple fritter bites, apple fritter donuts, apple fritter doughnuts, apple fritters, mini apple doughnuts
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Knife, spoon & fork
  • Small pot

Ingredients

  • 125 g (about 1 cup/ 4.4 oz) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 150 ml (¾ cup – 1/8 cup/ 5 fl oz) milk room temperature
  • tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 4 large apples (600 g/ 1.3 lbs)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg

You'll also need

  • oil to fry the bites
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  • Add yeast, milk, egg, flour and sugar to a large bowl and whisk. Then let the batter stand for about 15 minutes while peeling and cutting the apples into cubes. Next mix cinnamon and sugar together and set aside. Now take a small pot! Very important and add oil, such that 1/3 of the pot is filled with oil and heat over medium heat. If you use a large pan, then your apple bites will turn out like apple rings. And that's not what we want.
  • Next peel and cube the apples. Just take one apple at a time, peel it and then cut it into quarters. Remove the core and cut each quarter into half, crosswise. You just want to have bite sized apple cubes in the end. Some of the apples that I've used were pretty big, thus why I've cut them into eighths instead of quarters before cutting them into cubes.
  • Once you're done cubing the apple mix it into the batter, before the next apple. Otherwise the apples will turn brown. Next use a wooden spoon to check if the oil is ready. Simply insert the wooden spoon handle in oil. If bubbles start forming around the spoon, then the oil is ready.
  • Take a spoon and a fork and take one apple cube coated with batter at a time and drop it into hot oil. The fork is making sure that you're not taking or picking up to much of the batter. Once the bottom is nicely brown, turn it, until the other side is also golden brown.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove the apple bites from the fat, put them on the cooling rack lined with paper towels to remove the excess fat. Once you’re able to touch them with your hands, put them into a large bowl or on a platter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar that you've previously made. Enjoy!

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