A little late in the fall calendar to make these apple fritters but the recipe is so simple and easy that it doesn’t have to be for a special occasion. Nevermind holidays or Sunday brunch, this is such a quick and straightforward recipe that it’s easy to whip up for a weekday breakfast surprise. The end result is an old fashioned apple sweet treat that is a cross between a donut and a slice of warm pie. It feels indulgent, and the glaze gives it a sweet finish, but the air fryer saves a lot of the fat. And it’s all done in less than twenty minutes. Faster than you can run out and buy a box of pastries.
The one downside is that it does use three separate bowls for the diced apples, the wet, and the dry ingredients but honestly that is a small price to pay for such a quick, easy and indulgent treat to accompany that morning coffee or tea.
Air Fryer Apple Fritters
2-3 firm apples (I used Honeycrisps) peeled, cored, and chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup AP flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 T sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 T melted butter
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup water or milk
Toss the apples with the lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt).
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale yellow. Slowly whisk in the milk and then the butter.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine.
Fold in the apples.
Spray or brush air fryer basket with oil so batter doesn't stick.
Use an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop batter into basket.
Spray tops of fritters with oil.
Cook at 370 for 8 to 10 minutes until the outside is nicely browned.