As a family, we have a long-standing love of visiting apple orchards, so to say these Cinnamon Apple Fritters are a family favorite is an understatement. The cinnamon laced buttermilk batter is filled with sweet chunks of apple and then fried until golden and crisp. A generous dusting of powdered sugar and they're ready to eat immediately as a dessert, brunch treat or snack.
Easy Cinnamon Apple Fritters Recipe
There's just something exciting about a fresh crop of apples and a bountiful harvest and, I find the aroma of apples in the air intoxicating. Apples in any variety are pure and sweet straight from the tree to your table, one of the many wonders of God's creation. The aroma is particularly pleasing if the orchard also produces cider to go along with these cinnamon apple fritters. The cider bar at one of our favorite apple orchards in Tennessee has a restaurant that serves hot, powdered sugar dusted apple fritters to everyone who enters the door. It's their way of saying "Welcome y'all!" And, a mighty warm apple'licious welcome it is. We couldn't possibly wait until our yearly visits to enjoy them.
How to Make the Best Cinnamon Apple Fritters Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Cinnamon Apple Fritters: Self rising flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice or ground cloves, salt, melted butter, vanilla extract, golden delicious apples, buttermilk, vegetable oil for frying and powdered sugar for dusting,
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A Dutch oven or deep fryer fitted with a fry thermometer, measuring cups and spoons, a medium size mixing bowl, a scoop, a sharp knife and cutting board, apple peeler or vegetable peeler and a paper towel lined sheet pan or platter for draining after frying.
- I like to serve these fritters dusted with powdered sugar as you see in the pictures for a pretty presentation and a hint of added sweetness with each bite.
- You can also serve them with a sweet cinnamon honey butter or apple butter on the side for dipping or slathering the soft insides.
- When do you serve apple fritters? They can be enjoyed any time of day for a sweet treat, for dessert, tea time and it's always a good idea to have fritters for breakfast.
- Cinnamon Apple Fritters are best made and eaten. Should you have any leftover, store them chilled in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or air fryer. Please note, the outside will soften slightly once chilled.
More Southern Style Apple Recipes to Make
- Apple Cider Doughnut Cake made in a Bundt pan and coated in cinnamon sugar.
- Glazed Caramel Apple Turnovers are made using puff pastry.
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls can be served from breakfast and brunch to tea time and dessert.
- Southern Fried Apples are often served as a side dish but you can also eat them on ice cream, pound cake or pancakes.
- Homemade Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts are addictive.
- Another breakfast or brunch treat you may enjoy are these Apple Muffins from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Cinnamon Apple Fritters
- 2 cup self-rising flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice or ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 large eggs beaten
- ½ cup butter melted
- ¾ cup whole buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 medium-large golden delicious apples peeled, cored, small dice
- vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- In a heavy bottomed pot heat approximately 5 inches of vegetable oil to 350°-360F.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, sift together the self-rising flour, sugar, ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.
- Add the melted butter, buttermilk, beaten eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the diced apple and mix until evenly distributed. Use a 2 oz ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop into the hot oil.
- Cook in batches for approximately 3 minutes per side until golden. Turn for even browning.
- Use a slotted spoon and remove to a paper towel lined cookie sheet to drain.
- Dust with powdered sugar, serve immediately.
Where does one find "whole" buttermilk? I am old so I have shopped for years and I have never yet found whole buttermilk. Could I make some myself by adding lemon juice to half/half or heavy whipping cream?
Hi Pam, it's readily available here in the South. You could adapt using the half and half or whole milk, in this instance, sure.
Could these be made in an air fryer ?
I haven't tested these in an air fryer but, they could likely be adapted, sure. Let us know if you try it!
Can these be baked instead of fried
In a muffin tin you probably could. Let me know if you try it.
Can this batter be made the night before, refrigerated and fried up the next morning?
It sounds like a great experiment, if you try it let me know how it goes.