I made Really Good Apple Fritters last night.
When the kids were here over Thanksgiving, we made apple fritters. We diced apples, mixed them into sweet bread dough, and fried them. They were good. Kind of like apple doughnuts.
But not quite like real apple fritters.
I looked around and found another recipe. Sort of a sweetened, souped-up biscuit recipe with apples. Most of the recipes I found called for slicing the apples, dipping them in a batter, and frying them. That’s not what I wanted. So I did what I do best. Modified the recipe.
In Sells, Arizona, where mom did dialysis last summer, there was a grocery store nearby. While she did her thing for 4 hours, I usually sat in the waiting room. It was 120 degrees outside (Sells a tiny little town in the middle of the desert). Cousin Diane told me about a grocery store that makes really good apple fritters. Unfortunately, the apple fritters sell out early. I was able to find them twice. And I bought all they had.
Not to worry, by the time I got there “all they had” was only six fritters. Even so, the crunchy, sweet, apple taste of those fried delights stayed with me. Not really haunted me, but almost.
Last night, I made apple fritters that were quite similar to the ones at the Sells grocery store.
Close enough to make me happy. Mom, too.
Why should a simple treat matter?
Perhaps because it’s not only about the apple fritters. It’s about being in Arizona with family. Sharing the fritters with them. Laughing with them. Mourning with them.
Perhaps it’s about being there so Mom was able to visit Aunt Mollie in the hospital before Aunt Mollie went to heaven. Mom is so glad she was able to say ‘I love you’ one last time.
Apple fritters are comfort food. We needed comfort then.
When we ate them last night, they were sweet and warm and tasted good. That warm sweetness last night punctuated with a good-night hug and kiss—comfort again.
So, my darlings, I suggest you make some Really Good Apple Fritters. Serve them with hugs. That makes them even better.
Drum roll please, THE RECIPE for Really Good Apple Fritters
Really Good Apple Fritters (my version)
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar (if you sweeten with honey, use less milk)
1 TBS baking powder
¼ tsp nutmeg (or ½ tsp if you want)
1 tsp cinnamon (and a pinch to grow an inch, if you want)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (you don’t have to use this, but I had it so…why not, right?)
I was thinking next time I might include a couple shakes of ginger and cloves to add a bit of jazz. Whaddaya think?
½ tsp salt (you can use 1 tsp salt, but I don’t like that much salt)
1 cup milk
Apples-1 or 2 cups diced (Use up the ones that are going soft, if you have them. I like lots, but in cooking, “lots” is very subjective).
Mix the dry ingredients. Dump in the eggs, milk, and apples. Stir it up good.
Heat oil, maybe 3 or 4 cups, depending on the size of your pan. I use my cast iron skillet. Maybe to 375 degrees or so, but since I don’t have a thermometer, I drop a small bit of batter in the hot oil and if it browns nicely before it soaks up too much oil, I figure we’re good to go. Unless it’s doughy in the middle, then either turn the heat up a bit or cook it a bit longer.
If the oil starts smoking, for heaven’s sake turn the burner down. Or else it will be “poof, no eyebrows.” Or worse. By the way, use salt on an oil fire, never water. Or put the lid on the pan. And never try to move a pan in flames. Trying to run outside carrying a pan of flaming hot oil is a serious mistake. Just saying.
Drop a nice size spoonful of batter in the oil and watch it closely. You can cook two or three fritters at once, depending on the size of your pan.
This is one treat you don’t want to eat burned. Experience speaking here. If you have any leftover, you might want to warm them in the oven to crisp them up the next day. Mine got soft overnight. I want crunchy apple fritters.
There you are my loves, Really Good Apple Fritters.
Make a batch and let me know what you think.
By the way, if you want the original recipe, here’s where I found it: allrecipes.com/recipe/20786/apple-fritters-i/
Please note, they do not call their apple fritter recipe Really Good Apple Fritters like mine.