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Apple Fritters with Caramel Sauce

With the carmely sweetness and crispy fried apple, these fritters are something you will want to make again and again.
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 4 apples cored and cut into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12 oz. can beer (354milliliters) or soda water
  • 1 cup coconut pure sunflower or canola oil for frying

Salted Caramel Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter if using salted butter reduce the added salt by ¼ of a teaspoon
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Begin by peeling, coring, and then cutting the apples into chunks and placing in a bowl.
    peeled apples and spices ready
  • Add the sugar and spices to the apples and gently stir to coat.
    adding spices and brown sugar to peeled apples
  • Place the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt into another bowl and create a “well” in the center.
  • Pour the beer into the well, and mix to incorporate.
  • Carefully add the apple chunks, coated in their spices, to the beer batter.
    spiced apples chunks added to batter
  • Let the batter sit for a few minutes while the oil is heating.
    mixing the batter
  • Gently spoon the batter into the hot oil (the amount of batter for each will be roughly one heaped tablespoon). The fritters will puff up. Fry for approximately 3 minutes on each side or until they are golden.
    frying the fritters
  • Monitor that the temperature of the oil doesn’t get too high, or drop too low, to ensure even frying.
  • Remove to paper towels to drain the oil.

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Melt the sugar over medium high heat in a large saucepan, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Once the sugar is liquid add the butter. The mix will froth up (that’s why we use a large saucepan) so be careful and keep stirring until the butter has combined with the sugar.
  • Bring the mix back to the boil for a couple of minutes then pour in the cream and stir, then bring back to the boil.
    adding cream to the caramelized sugar and butter mix
  • Add the salt and stir as you wait for the mix to thicken – it should only take only about two minutes or so.
    caramel sauce ready
  • If you like, these can be served with ice cream – it can be a yoghurt or non-dairy ice cream if you are concerned about reducing calories.

Notes

  • The alcohol in the beer evaporates, but the flavor the beer imparts to the apples is wonderful. Substituting with soda water if you live in a non-alcoholic household is just fine too.
  • This recipe made about 16 1/4 cup batter sized fritters, and my family devoured all of them easily.  If you prefer you can make slightly smaller fritters to yield 24 fritters. This could easily become an autumn tradition when the apples are ready for picking, or thanks to root cellar storage almost at any time of the year.