These taste of fall and the holidays! My family loves to get them from our local bakery, but I thought, “I can do this” and set about trying. This is what I came up with:
- 5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 cubes
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 12 oz. dark beer
- coconut oil for frying
- Begin by peeling, coring and chopping the apples.
- Add the sugars and spices to the apples and gently stir to coat.
- Place the flour and salt into a bowl and create a “well” in the center.
- Pour the beer into the well, and mix to incorporate.
- Carefully add the apples to the beer batter.
- Let sit for 20 minutes while the oil is heating.
- Spoon 1/4 cup spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil, frying 4 minutes on each side.
- Remove to paper towels to drain.
- for the sauce:
- cup light brown sugar
- sticks butter
- cup heavy cream
- Melt the sugar over medium high heat.
- Add the butter and cream and allow to come to a boil.
- Boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Drizzle over the hot fritters.
The beer doesn’t leave any alcohol behind, but the flavor it imparts is wonderful when mixed with the apples.
This recipe made about 16 1/4 cup batter sized fritters, and my family devoured all of them easily. This could easily become a Hanukkah tradition each year, as we are going to have these the first night as well.