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.
- 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
- 2 eggs
- 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.
- Remove to cooling rack.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Make a glaze by whisking all remaining ingredients together. Drizzle or dip the cooled fritters in the glaze.
The glaze adds a little indulgence to these treats but you could omit it altogether or just sprinkle powdered sugar on top, too.