These incredibly luscious Apple Fritters with Vanilla Lemon Glaze combine pillowy dough with sweet apples and a citrusy glaze. They’re a tasty treat you can add to your fall baking list, plus they’re easy to make and ready to be enjoyed in under 30 minutes!Jump to Recipe
The only thing better than wearing your coziest sweater on a crisp fall day is if you’re doing it with a fresh apple fritter in your hand! These Apple Fritters with Vanilla Lemon Glaze will get you in the mood for the fall season and satisfy all of your sugary cravings.
This is an easy dessert that’s packed with natural sweetness from apples and maple syrup. To finish, they’ve been coated in a zesty lemon glaze for a pop of fresh flavor. Every bite is sensational!
Once you discover that they aren’t any more difficult to make than a batch of pancakes or waffles, you’ll be making apple fritters every weekend.
What are fritters?
Fritters can come in many varieties. They’re always made up of a batter that’s had meat, seafood, fruit, or vegetables mixed in and are served sweet or savory. To finish, the fritters are pan fried or deep fried in oil.
More specifically, apple fritters are very similar to donuts or funnel cakes. Chopped apples in the batter offer a sweet and unique flavor. They’re traditionally deep fried and coated in a simple glaze made from confectioner’s sugar and milk.
Ingredients you need
This recipe is so easy because it contains no yeast. This means you don’t need to get your hands dirty or knead the dough! Plus, the recipe calls for simple ingredients only.
This is what you need:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
- Unsalted butter
- Maple syrup
The lemon vanilla glaze is made from simple ingredients you probably already have at home:
- Powdered sugar
- Lemon juice and zest
- Vanilla extract
What kind of apples are best?
You want an apple that will hold its texture and present a strong flavor as you bite into the fritter. I personally found that Honeycrisp or Gala apples were best, but Granny Smith would be another great option. Red Delicious will get too soft and lose its flavor in the oil.
How to make Apple Fritters with Vanilla Lemon Glaze
Who knew fritter donuts were so easy to make? You won’t need to stop in at a donut shop ever again thanks to this recipe.
You can finish this recipe in just 4 steps:
- Make the batter: Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, then add the eggs, butter, half a cup of milk, and the maple syrup. Mix until combined, then fold in the apples.
- Heat the oil: Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 300ºF.
- Fry the fritters: Drop tablespoon-size balls of batter into the oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until they’re golden and crisp on all sides. Remove and drain on a wire rack with paper towels underneath.
- Make the glaze: While the fritters cool, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the warm fritters.
Can they be baked?
Baked apple fritters are more crispy but just as delicious, especially if you’re not a fan of oil. You can use this recipe to bake the fritters in a 350ºF oven for 12 to 15 minutes, however, they may not rise as well. Replace the maple syrup with brown sugar in case the batter is too wet.
Can they be made gluten free?
You can replace the white four with an all-purpose gluten free flour to make gluten free apple fritters instead. Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur both make a high quality 1:1 flour.
Recipe tips and substitutions
- Feel free to keep the apple skins on if you wish.
- If the batter feels thick, add no more than 1/4 cup milk to thin and always start with a tablespoon at a time.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin spice into the batter for the best fall flavor.
- Heat your oil after the batter has come together so it doesn’t get too hot.
- The bigger the frying pan, the better. Alternatively, fry the fritters in a large pot to avoid splattering or spilling.
- Use a thermometer to safely measure the temperature of the oil.
- Keep a lid or baking soda close by the pot of oil to be safe.
- Use the back of a wooden spoon to test the heat. Once bubbles start forming, the oil is ready.
- You’ll want the glaze to be a bit runny so it coats the fritters but doesn’t just pour right off as soon as it hits the outside. If it’s too thin, add a little confectioner’s sugar at a time until it becomes a little thicker. If it’s too thick, add a small splash of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Leave the lemon juice and zest out of the glaze for a more neutral flavor.
- Sprinkle the fritters with cinnamon sugar if you don’t want the glaze.
- A fritter without glaze is also good! It’s like an old-fashioned donut with a hint of apple flavor.
These are best enjoyed on the same day they’re made. The longer they’re stored, the soggier they’ll become. If you end up with leftovers, keep them in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or for longer in the fridge.
More Dessert Recipes
Need more tasty desserts? Try these easy recipes:
- Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
- Baked Gooey S’more Bars
- Shortbread Cookies
- Rice Crispy and Almond Treats
- Cherry, Almond, & Cardamom Galette
Did you try this tasty dessert? Let me know what you think and leave a comment below! Don’t forget to also take a picture of your recreation and tag me on Instagram. I love to see all of your photos!
Apple Fritters with Vanilla Lemon Glaze
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- ½-¾ cup whole milk
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 medium apples Honeycrisp or Gala are great, chopped into ½ inch cubes
- avocado, canola or any flavorless light oil for frying
Vanilla Lemon Glaze
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- 2 ½ tbsp whole milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 lemon zested
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the eggs, butter, 1/2 cup milk, and maple syrup into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix the batter. If the batter feels thick, add no more than 1/4 cup milk to thin, start with a tablespoon at a time. To finish, fold in the apples.
- Heat 2 inches of oil (avocado, canola, or any flavorless light oil) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use the back of a wooden spoon to test the heat. Once bubbles start forming, the oil is ready. It should be around 300ºF.
- Drop tablespoons size balls of batter into the oil for 4-5 minutes or until golden and crisp on all sides. Remove and drain on a wire rack with paper towels underneath.
- To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Drizzle the glaze over the warm fritters. Eat warm and enjoy!
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