Apple Fritter Doughnuts

A few weeks ago when I made the pumpkin doughnut muffins, I talked about my lack of doughnut consumption while growing up. I guess you could say I’m trying to make up for lost time. I have been borderline obsessed with the doughnut recipes that I’ve come across on Pinterest over the past couple of months, however there is one recipe that has been alluding me… the apple fritter doughnut. Believe it or not, the first time that I tried one of these beauties was earlier this year while taking a tour of a new grocery store. I had previously seen these doughnuts at other grocery stores and bakeries, and I’ve had my grandma’s apple fritters before, but once I took my first bite of an apple fritter doughnut, I immediately realized I had been missing out big-time. What an insanely delicious treat – it’s part fritter, part doughnut, packed full of apple chunks, and covered in a sweet glaze. Otherwise known as heavenly pillows of fall-spiced bliss.

I have seen tons of recipes for apple doughnuts, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, and about a million variations of each, but for some reason I had the hardest time nailing down a recipe for apple fritter doughnuts. I had certain requirements – they couldn’t be round with a hole in the middle, they needed to have that bumpy, craggly surface, and they needed to be covered in that barely sheer glaze that grabs hold of every bump, nook and cranny.

I finally found a string of posts on a recipe forum website and was able to piece together a recipe from what I found there. The result was exactly what I had hoped for – a prominent apple flavor… chunks of apple… a soft interior… a thicker exterior… a bumpy surface… and the perfect glaze.

While I may not have been a doughnut aficionado as a child, I can certainly work to amend that as an adult. I think these apple fritter doughnuts are a fabulous first (or second? or third? or fourth?) step, and a gateway to even more fabulous fried treats!

What is your favorite type of doughnut?

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Apple Fritter Doughnuts

Yield: About 14 doughnuts

Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

A recipe for classic Apple Fritter Doughnuts - bumpy and covered in a sweet glaze!

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
2¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
⅔ cup whole milk, warm to the touch
3¼ cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
4 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup apple cider
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Apples:
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean
7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup apple cider
¼ cup apple cider vinegar

For the Glaze:
½ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

1. Make the Dough: Place the yeast in a mixing bowl. Pour the milk over the yeast a let sit for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the flour to the yeast and milk mixture, but do not stir. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the surface of the flour cracks, about 30 to 40 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Add the apple cider, melted butter, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, 1¼ cups of the flour and whisk until combined, then add to the yeast mixture. Using an electric mixer, beat the dough on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to medium for another 30 seconds. The dough will be VERY soft and sticky. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1½ hours.

3. Make the Apples: Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the pan with the melted butter and drop the vanilla bean pod in as well. Heat the butter until it is bubbling, then add the chopped apples, tossing to coat them with butter. Add the sugar and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apple cider and vinegar, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and transfer the apples to a baking sheet to cool.

4. Assemble the Doughnuts: Scrape the dough out onto a well-floured surface and pat into a rectangle 2 inches thick, flouring the surface as necessary. Spread half of the apples over the dough, leaving space around the edges. Fold the dough into thirds (like a letter) by folding the bottom up and then the top down.

Use your hands to again pat the dough into another rectangle about 2 inches thick. Spread the remaining apples on top and fold into thirds again.

Gather the dough together in a rough ball and return it to the oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat to 375 degrees F.

6. Scrape the dough out again onto a well-floured surface and gently pat it out to ½-inch thickness, flouring the surface and the dough as necessary. Using a pizza cutter, bench scraper or sharp knife, slice the dough into 1-inch pieces in a checkerboard pattern. Shape 4 ounce portions of the dough into round mounds and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

7. Make the Glaze: While the dough is resting, mix together the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water over low heat. Heat and whisk occasionally until the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

8. Fry the Doughnuts: Very carefully drop each mound of dough into the hot oil, only adding as many as will comfortably fit in the pot so they are not crowded (I found I could do 4 or 5 at a time in my 7¼-quart Dutch oven). Fry until the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes, then using a spatula or spider skimmer, carefully turn them over and continue to cook until the other side is golden brown as well, another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the doughnuts to a paper towel-lined pan or a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts, allowing the oil to come back up to temperature between batches.

9. After removing each batch of doughnuts, allow them to sit for about 5 minutes, then brush with the glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(Recipe derived from forums on RecipeSecrets.net)

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122 Responses to “Apple Fritter Doughnuts”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 30, 2012 at 2:07 am

    They look so good! I ate TONS of apple fritters growing up. And to me, this is what I would have called an apple fritter. I didn’t even know there was a distinction between ‘apple fritter’ and ‘apple fritter doughnuts’ but I guess there is! Whatever you call them, they are just like what I ate growing up and I want some!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Hi Averie, I know my grandma would just make a batter, fold apples in and then drop spoonfuls in oil to fry. These are actually yeasted dough with apples folded in, so a little bit different, but not too much!

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    • Vicki on July 23rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      These did’t taste like any apple fritters we have had before. they were awful. A sticky mess to work with, too many apples and no taste. I would try another recipe instead.

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      • Candy on November 1st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        These are VERY time consuming to make; are very good and made 3 dz. smaller fritters. I will not make again. Using yeast in this fashion was way too time consuming. Age 59 – lots of baking/cooking in this farm woman’s life.

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  2. Coleen's Recipes on October 30, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I love you!!! Apple fritters are my secret passion, I just love them. Thank you for the EXCELLENT tutorial photos, I am definitely going to make these!!

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  3. Leanna R on October 30, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Dont know if it is my screen or not but the ingredient list is messed up for the milk and cider amounts. Could you post the correct amounts please?

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hi Leanna, So sorry about that. I poked around and found that for some reason the fraction codes weren’t working on IE and the Android mobile browser, although it looked fine in Firefox and Safari. I edited the code and it looks to be working on all browsers now, so please double check and let me know. In any case, it is 2/3 cup whole milk and 1/3 cup apple cider for the dough.

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  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on October 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Oh my gosh! I haven’t had an apple fritter since I was a kid! I love it! I want one for breakfast , like right now! By the way I love the new look of your blog!

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  5. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on October 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Those look straight from a doughnut shop! Amazing, I can’t wait to try these out :)

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  6. amanda @ fake ginger on October 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Omg. The oatmeal I’m eating seems incredibly lame now. These look and sound awesome!

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  7. Leamlass on October 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good morning ! I was wondering what the ” &frac 13;” means after ½ cup granulated sugar. Thank you, the recipe looks fantastic !!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Hi Leamlass, So sorry about that. I poked around and found that for some reason the fraction codes weren’t working on IE and the Android mobile browser, although it looked fine in Firefox and Safari. I edited the code and it looks to be working on all browsers now, so please double check and let me know. In any case, it is 2/3 cup whole milk and 1/3 cup apple cider for the dough.

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  8. Abby@ Totes Delish on October 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I LOVED the apple fritters I got once a year while visiting an apple orchard! Good thing I didn’t have access to them year-round!

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  9. Shari on October 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Apple fritters are my all-time favorite fried pastry, hands down. I think I inherited that from my father. I don’t eat them very often, as these days I tend to think of them a gigantic calorie and fat bombs, but when I do indulge, ooooh, the happiness. Thanks for the recipe, I may have to break my diet for these!

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  10. Sarah@StrawberryPlum on October 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’ve never had much desire to make doughnuts from scratch, until I saw these. They look amazing!

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  11. Sues on October 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

    My stomach literally just growled- these look SO good. I love apple fritters, but never think to make my own. I’m eating an apple cinnamon Chobani yogurt right now and it’s good… but not quite the same as this!

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  12. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom on October 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Oh my goodness! These look FABULOUS! Would I get the same result if I baked them? probably not, huh? oh my, they look perfect! Love the inside shot!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Definitely would not get the same results if you baked them :)

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  13. Peggy Clyde on October 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    My SIL used to work in the bakery where they make fruit fritters. She told me to use pie filling on the dough, fold it in thirds, chop it with a scraper and keep turning, folding and chopping. That makes all those little indentations where the glaze can adhere. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

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  14. CherylP on October 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

    These look absolutely DELISH!!! And thank you!! for the way you take pics, not only of the process, but the outside and inside! I really am enjoying your new blog design and yours is still my favorite food blog!! :D

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  15. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife on October 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

    This looks like something out of a fancy bakery! wow!

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  16. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel on October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    So I definitely need about 6 of these right now. Preferably hot. They look AMAZING!!

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  17. buttercream bakehouse on October 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

    those looks so good right now. We were without power because of the hurricane and I would have love to have these laying around during that time.

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  18. The Food Hound on October 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

    WOW, these look amazing. I grew up eating grocery store apple fritters and THEY were fabulous, so I bet these would kick them to the curb. Love the new site design!!

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  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on October 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Yeah!! I can make these without a donut pan!! Still need to get one of those :)

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I do, too! I forget about it until I realize I need one for a recipe I want to make. I need to get on that!

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  20. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I am so impressed by the time and thought you put into all of your recipes! Thank you for the step by step photos, it does help to know that this recipe *is* possible for those of us without the baking gene :P

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  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Whoa. Pure heaven!

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  22. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on October 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    These look fantastic! I love how soft and pillow-y the inside looks!

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  23. Patty T on October 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    These look AMAZING!

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  24. Margaret on October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    These look fantastic. I don’t think I have ever had an apple fritter. Guess I better remedy that SOON!!!!

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  25. Emily on October 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Oh my yes! I love apple fritters :)

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  26. Julie @ Table for Two on October 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    omg – these look so dangerous but soo good!!

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  27. melissa daams on October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    yummilicious – i gotta try these out!

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  28. Katie (The Muffin Myth) on October 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Mmmm, fritters! We actually had apple fritter donuts instead of cake at our wedding! My mom thought we were insane but people were stealing the boxes with table numbers on them and stuffing them with fritters. I’ve never tried making them at home before. Thanks so much for posting the recipe!

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  29. Mal @ The Chic Geek on October 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Yum! Apple fritters are one of my favorite treats, delicious!

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  30. A on October 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    They look delicious. I’ve made a lot of doughnuts at home, but never fritters.

    You asked what my favorite is – it’s maple bars. Any chance of seeing them here soon? :)

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    • Michelle on November 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Oooh, good one! I will add them to my ever-growing list! :)

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  31. Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} on October 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Apple Fritters are my favorite! I also really like the basic cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. :) Your pictures are making be drool, by the way.

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  32. Sharlene on October 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You are the best !!! I have been looking for a recipe like this for years..as these are the only apple fritters I have loved in the past..I didn’t realize that there was such a thing as apple fritter donuts.
    Thanks so much..and I do like your new look..Sharlene

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  33. Cindy B. on October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    They look amazing!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. sally @ sallys baking addiction on October 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Michelle, I for one am very excited you are making up for a no-doughnut-childhood! I am so blown way Michelle – that first picture made me stop shoving popcorn in my mouth and crave a big fat fritter doughnut RIGHT now. Sounds so much better no? MY favorite donuts are maple frosted or vanilla frosted w/ sprinkles, but these look like they would top all of that lol

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  35. Laura Dembowski on October 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Apple fritters are one of my favorite treats, especially those with a yeast dough. I even ordered some from Stan’s Doughnuts, along with blueberry fritters and they were out of this world even after being shipped. Definitely going to have to give this a try. It will be my first doughnut and deep frying adventure

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    • cheryl s. on November 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Blueberry Fritters????? Never heard of that! one! I bet that would be absolutely incredible! Anyone know of a recipe for that?

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  36. Kerstin on October 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Oh wow, these look amazing – I wish I had one right now!
    Love your site makeover too :)

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  37. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent on October 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I wish I had more to say, but the only word that is going through my head is “wow”. Thank you so much for sharing these, I will definitely be trying them soon!

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  38. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    These look better than any apple fritters I’ve seen yet!

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  39. Karen on November 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Even at my “older age” – I’m a little scared of the hot-oil-frying concept…but this recipe has really made me seriously think about pulling out the dutch oven and the oil!

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  40. Allison Day on November 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Holy cow, these sound amazing. I adore apple fritters, and these look far better than the ones usually found in most doughnut shops.

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  41. Dianna on November 2, 2012 at 3:44 am

    OMG!! OMG!!! I tried to lift my jaw off the desk but I’m droolin’ so bad that it keeps slipping out of my hands! Would you believe I’ve never had an apple fritter, much less an apple fritter donut?! When I saw your breathtaking photo, I stopped dead in my tracks and made a bee line for your website! Thanks so much for searching and refining this recipe…I absolutely cannot wait to try it. I have Pink Lady apples right now that were destined for a French apple pie but that picture of yours changed everything!!!! Thanks for a WOW recipe!

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  42. Kasia on November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Those look amazing! I saved the recipe and surely will make those any time soon

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  43. pam on November 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I have been looking for an apple fritter doughnut recipe for a long time, thank you so much for finding one…The end results look exquisite!!! These are on my next week’s baking schedule for sure.

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  44. geno4952 on November 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hi Michelle…..
    I tried twice to make these yesterday and had the same result both times. The dough came out like a thick batter and didn’t really rise much. When I tried to put in the apples and fold the dough it just got all gooey and the apples wanted to break through the dough. I ended up throwing away both batches. Any idea what I may have done wrong? I really would like to make these cuz I really love apple fritters. One other thing, is the recipe right when it says to pat the dough out until it is 2 inches thick or was that a fraction issue too?
    thanks for your help
    Geno

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    • Michelle on November 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      The dough is very soft and sticky, for sure. I used quite a bit of flour to work with the dough. You won’t be able to shape these like you would other types of doughnuts or buns. And yes, 2 inches thick is correct.

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  45. Lorena on November 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    HOLY COW!! I have been looking for a wonderful apple fritter recipe. I opened a small bakery in Wrangell Alaska! 2000 people is our population,there hasnt been a bakery here in over 15 years. I dont bake any bake any better or wordse than anyone ele,just happand to be able to put together a small bakery!!!! Iam so excited..will let everyone know how popular they are ..Lorena

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    • Michelle on November 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      The best of luck to you on your new venture!!

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  46. cheryl s. on November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Brand new to your site. I love it.
    The fritter looks soooo good! Definitely making it.
    After Hurricane Sandy last week and the coming Nor’Easter Wednesday, these fritters are just begging to be made, eaten and enjoyed with not even a hint of guilt.
    Here’s my question, if you don’t want to fry all these at once, can the apple-dough mixture be individually frozen and used some other day?

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    • Michelle on November 6th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I’m not sure how well these would freeze since the dough is extremely soft and hard to work. I would probably plan on making them all at once, and then freezing any leftovers that you don’t eat within a day.

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  47. Laura on November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Believe it or not, apple fritters are my favority donut. I have been searching for a great recipe and now I think I’ve found it…thanks!

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  48. Jamie Casey on November 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the new site. I can’t wait to try this recipe, but I noticed the measurement for the apple cider vinegar is missing in the apples portion. Could you please help?

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Jamie, I apologize for that error, it should be 1/4 cup.

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  49. Tracy on November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    These look seriously amazing. I could eat about 5 of these right now!!

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  50. Linda on November 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I so can’t wait to make these, and I know one but not satisfy!

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  51. caroluski on December 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I actually made these today and they were a m a z I n g!
    Thankyou so much for posting. I to had a hard time finding a recipe such as this one.
    Better than your local donutshop!

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  52. Jonathan on December 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    These look amazing.
    After you cut the checkerboard, how do you form the mounds? Are you combining squares to get to 4 oz.? Could you just cut larger squares?
    Also, do you think the final resting stage can be more than 10 minutes? Would it hold for an hour or two? Could I put it in the fridge?

    Thanks

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Hi Jonathan, I just kind of lumped them into mounds. Yes, you combine the squares to make the 4-ounce mounds. I would not cut large, 4-ounce squares, as combining the squares is what gives the fritters their characteristic “bumpy” exterior. I wouldn’t let the dough sit for longer than 30 minutes or so at room temperature, but you could pop it in the refrigerator for up to an hour or so, covered with plastic wrap so the dough doesn’t dry out.

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  53. melissa on December 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The ingredient list for the doughnuts calls for 3 and 1/4 c. flour + 2 T. However the direction part for the doughnuts only says to use 1 and 1/4 c. flour then later says to add the other 2T. What happens to the other 2 c.?

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Melissa, The other 2 cups of flour is used in the very first paragraph of the recipe, under #1.

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  54. John on January 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Michelle,

    So I’m at the end of step two and while I haven’t given up hope, you say the dough should be VERY soft and sticky. Sticky. Check! But Soft it is not unless I have a different definition of soft. Should this be like Ciabatta dough? Like do you define soft by high moisture content? I double checked the amounts and everything was exact to the best of my knowledge. I have it proofing now, but it seems pretty firm. Is there a fix you’d recommend if I biffed it?

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    • Michelle on January 5th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Hi John, I have not yet made ciabatta bread, so I couldn’t compare it to that. I mean soft as in, can’t pick up in one solid mass, soft. This was a pretty forgiving recipe, so I would keep going. Let me know how they turn out!

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  55. John on January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Hey there!

    They came out good although a little cakey for what I’m used to. I have relatively limited baking experience, but I think that maybe mixing the wet into the dry just until incorporated, then starting the first rest, and just folding the apples in with a spatula afterward would yield a more familiar fritter consistency for me.

    Mixing it as per the recipe (or maybe just how i did it) developed the gluten a little too much.  Usually (with savory ‘fritters’) the dough is so moist and unwieldy that you have to quenelle it into the oil.

    Regardless, everybody loved them.  Somebody said ‘these are like Southern fritters’ if that means anything. ;-)

    Also I think my apples would have been sauce had I waited for all the liquid to cook down, but admittedly I used Galas not Granny’s. I pulled them when they had lost their crunch, but still had texture and spooned them onto paper napkins to dry before layering them into the dough mass as instructed. The remaining jus I reduced and made an apple caramel glaze for the finished doughnuts instead. It was surprisingly (accidentally) yummy.

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  56. Laurel on January 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I will definitely be trying this recipe, but your wonderful blog has inspired me to ask about another kind of donut. Bavarian Creme! Duncan donuts used to have them, but all of those donut shops disappeared in our area. One grocery store used to sell them, but then they stopped. I’m not talking about the ones that have chocolate on the top – just a donut that is filled with the most wonderful pudding-like filling ever! If there is any chance you could come up with a recipe for that one to add to your collection, I would be thrilled! Thank you.

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    • Michelle on January 7th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Hi Laurel, Thanks so much for sharing your request, I will definitely add Bavarian cream doughnuts to my list!

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  57. Mariem on January 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hi! I’d like to make this recipe tomorrow but don’t have any apple cider (though I do have apple cider vinegar). Do you think I could replace the apple cider in the dough with apple juice or water without affecting consistency of the final result? I’m kind of new to baking and unsure of the chemical reactions between ingredients lol. Thank you!

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    • Michelle on January 9th, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Hi Mariem, I think you could substitute apple juice for the apple cider without sacrificing too much flavor or consistency.

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      • Mariem on January 9th, 2013 at 11:46 am

        Thank you Michelle! I will try it today and let you know how it turned out :) I appreciate the fast answer!

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        • Mariem on January 9th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

          They turned out wonderful! Even better than at the shop :) Thanks a million!

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  58. Paulette Green on January 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    incredible!! My kitchen’s a mess and they’re a bit labor intensive but WOW…..will be making again.

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    • Paulette Green on January 24th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I did mess up one thing though…..the last step of forming where you combine the 1″ squares so I have lots of smaller donuts but maybe that’s why I love them even more……more surface to get kinda crunchy.

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  59. kenisha hawkins on January 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    These were really good…I did the same thing and looked over the picture that shaped them into mounds. I didnt realize it until I looked at the comments. Very good non the less. Oh yea I skimped on the vanilla bean, but next time I won’t I thing its probably needed. I just used vanilla extract.

    Thx for the recipe

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  60. Julie B on January 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Made these for my husband on Saturday. I’ll admit to a lot of tweaks to fit what I had in my fridge. I halved the recipe, used orange juice instead of apple cider (couldn’t tell a difference!) and made them half whole wheat (because I always do). The only problem I had was that my mounds of pieces kind of disintegrated when I put them in the hot oil. I ended up with lots of small cubes of fried dough surrounded by loose pieces of apple. I squished the last few together even more and they still didn’t hold very well. I’ll definitely make them again, but I’m going to have to experiment with shaping them to figure out how to get them to stay together. Thanks for the recipe!

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  61. ambrosia on February 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    These remind me of my childhood and going to Apple Hill in Northern CA – I will be making these soon!!!

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  62. Tom Mix on March 1, 2013 at 6:28 am

    IMO, donuts turn out better when solid fat is used. Best is a high quality leaf lard which should be available from local farms. Most will ship to you. Lard can be frozen for at least a year.

    What do you think?

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  63. Nemat on March 17, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Hi, and thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried making these last night and it was very frustrating. When I tried to cook the apples down to evaporate the cider and vinegar, it took so long that it turned into mush. Still, I tried using the apples and when I put them on the dough it made the dough very wet. How should I cook the apples to retain the texture of a crisp apple yet not so wet that it soaks through my dough?

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    • Michelle on March 24th, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hi Nemat, If your apples are soft, I would make sure to pat them completely dry.

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  64. Patti on April 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    So, so good! We got about 30 fritters out of this recipe and they were the perfect size. Very tasty and not overly sweet (at least, not for me – but I may have a high tolerance).

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  65. Gabriela Arellano on April 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Great recipe, i made them for some people at work and now they want me to make them every week for them! Thank you for the great flavor!

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  66. Heather F on May 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

    First off, let me say that these are delish! Perfect recipe on the dough and flavoring, it is truly bakery quality. That being said, there are some things I wanted to point out. First off when I finely chopped seven apples, it was over eight cups of apples before I cooked it. A measurement in cups would be nice. Apples very so much in size, you could have twice the amount needed for the recipe and have no idea. I had so much, the apples they were exploding out everywhere. I would have had to double the dough recipe to make the ratio correct. Second, I had to make 3X the amount of glaze as listed on the recipe. Not sure if it was because I made larger doughnuts (12 total), or due to an issue with the thickness or it just plain wasnt enough. Over all though, this recipe is a keeper after I tweak those two things on the recipe.

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  67. Lyn on June 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Since I have never liked apples in any form but raw, I am not a fan of apple fritters. That said, I am a freak for blueberry fritters! We use to have a bakery in our town that made them and I bought a dozen every week. (Maybe why I developed type 2 Diabetes?). But the bakery closed and I have not found any in 6 years! Could you substitute blueberrie? But what about a juice to use? And prepare the berries as the apples? I would think not as they would probably be better just dumped in the dough? Just doing a little mind travel here. Would love a good recipe!

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    • Michelle on June 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Lyn, I’m not sure how blueberries would work as a substitution since apples and blueberries have pretty different properties. You could definitely try it; if you do, let me know how it turns out!

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  68. Jean on June 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Looked for the past few months for “The Fritter”
    This is it! These are what I had as a kid from the Bakery in town.!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  69. Cindy on June 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I made this as a gift for Father’s Day , I decided todo it the morning of but turns out that was a mistake as this is a lengthy process. I was a bit confused on how the flour instructions asked for “3¼ cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided” , so I fudged along as best I could. The dough was (as per noted in the recipe) Very wet, I think mine may have been too wet and I should have followed my instincts to make it a little more substantial.

    Not really sure why the recipe called for 7 Granny Smith apples, as it were I ended up throwing out a good it of apple (2 large Granny Smiths would have been sufficient. I also found the apples could have used a lot more sugar, they were too tart and coupled with the over abundance of apple in the recipe, not something easily overlooked.

    Oil: I was confused as to what process I should use in frying the fritters, but then I read in the recipe ” fry until underside is golden brown (about 4 minutes) and then turn over…) so I thought was I not suppose to deep fry this? Because, you see when you deep fry there is no need to turn anything over. So then I threw out as much of the oil I I needed in order to have the fritters cook a side at a time…that was a mistake! :( I much preferred the fritters that were deep fried, they looked more like the ones in the photos.

    I give this recipe a 2.5 out of 5 rating, because it was not as clear as I would have liked, and that increased the difficulty. And also because I much more prefer the store bought fritters that made me fall in love with Apple fritters in the first place.

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  70. ND on June 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Massive Fail for me – the recipe seems fantastic and if you have any cooking abilities this will probably be awesome for you – I on the other hand, am a regular kitchen failure and this was no exception. I used half whole wheat flour on another poster’s suggestion – big mistake – the dough had a very heavy consistency and wheat flavor – if you don’t bake with wheat regularly stick with the white. The dough also never rose…I would guess that’s something I did but can’t be sure. The recipe doesn’t state what size to cut the apples but, since others had been concerned that they became mushy with cooking, I cut them larger (1/2″-1″ chunks) and took them off the stove as soon as they were tender, draining the extra liquid. If I had waited for them to absorb the liquid, as the recipe stated, they would have been applesauce…I also didn’t understand the reason for the vinegar, it made the apples smell and didn’t seem to add/change the flavor in anyway from past experiences making cooked apples with the same ingredients – it could have been omitted I think. The real problem came during frying. I don’t have an oil or candy thermometer or deep fryer…just a pan with oil, so I had no way to tell when the oil was ready. The first time it was too hot and they burnt quickly on the outside while being raw inside. The second one came out perfect, but by the third the oil wasn’t hot enough and the next three came apart, took forever, and tasted like big oil balls….that would have been fine (really, I only need one) but I gave the one good one away thinking I had it in the bag! The whole process took several hours and $20 in ingredients I didn’t have on hand…had they come out the way I know they could have it would have been worth it…but…

    Some notes: stick with white flour, get a candy thermometer or deep frying machine (do not use your meat thermometer – the readings won’t go high enough and it will ruin the inside of it), cut the apples to the size you want and remove as soon as tender – drain and cool as noted…when you make the final dough cuts use a kitchen scale to measure out the 4oz, using as many 1″ squares as needed, then grab them in a handful and roughly mush together, throwing them on the counter/tray to rest…this will give you the bumpy texture – I got between 10 and 12 donuts this way – the ones that fell apart were either not mushed together enough or from oil that wasn’t hot enough…fry one at a time, or at least one first, to make sure that your oil is the right temp. The suggestion about apple pie filling would be good, but messy, so beware…I saw another recipe that called for the apples/pie filling to be mixed in with the dough…I didn’t see why that couldn’t happen here and then spoon them into the size you need like drop biscuits…but this is coming from someone who once cooked a potato so long the inside disappeared…and the words “cake” and “level” have never been in the same sentence…also, “real” apple cider (the thick kind, like you get in Fall) would have been best for flavor, the jar from the juice section looked like regular apple juice and wasn’t very flavorful or potent, but sparkling apple cider and apple juice would have worked too…also, the juice left over from cooking the apples (if you cooked them first and not in the middle of the recipe) would have worked great too – it was more flavorful than the bottle stuff I bought.

    I have a friend who bakes regularly and I know she could have pulled this off in a way that would have made her even more popular and me even more fat – but I will stick to the $1.49 pre-made version I have come to love so much from the convenience store down the street…I guess there is a reason it’s called a “Convenience Store”…I’ve already forwarded the recipe to my baker friends though, with reminders that my birthday is coming up!! Perhaps, I just need to focus less on baking and more on the “convenience” of other people doing it for me!! ;) Good luck!!

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  71. Sebastian on July 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hi!! can I substitute apple juice for apple cider?
    Thanks

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    • Michelle on July 28th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Sebastian, It might be a little sweet, and I haven’t attempted it, but you could certainly give it a shot. Let me know how it turns out.

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  72. Marsha on August 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I don’t have a scale because I have no place to keep it where it’s handy in my very compact kitchen. How many of the 1 inch squares does it take to make the 4 oz. you indicated to make one fritter?

    I haven’t deepfried in years, but for apple fritters…YES
    Thanks

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    • Michelle on August 5th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Marsha, Unfortunately I don’t know, I didn’t count the squares. However, you could just try to evenly distribute the squares so that you have about 14 fritters (how much I got out of the recipe).

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  73. Josef Davis on August 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Tried several times to print your recipe but copy shows headings but no recipe. Pictures look great. Would love to try this recipe. No, my printer is fine. Thank you.

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    • Michelle on August 5th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Just click the “Print” button at the top of the recipe. It will open a printer-friendly version of the recipe that you can send to your printer. I just tested it and it’s working fine.

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  74. Lorna on August 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I think many of you are having problems with the apples because you are using the wrong apple. Granny Smith is a very firm cooking apple that retains it’s shape when cooked. Galas while a cooking apple is best suited to dishes where the apple should be either softer or breaks down to more of a sauce. I prefer winesaps for just about everything, with Johnathan a close second. Also I would not suggest you deep fry anything without a candy thermometrr, even if you use an electric fry pot. Wait until oil (peanut or sunflower) reaches temperature and add food in small batches as cold food will cause oil temps to drop and make your food greasy. Hot oil will seal the outer surface and the food will not absorb excess oil. Under temp oil will cause batters to fall apart rather than cooking as a “lump”.

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  75. Sara on September 2, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Will these be good if I make them the night before to take them to work the next day?

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    • Michelle on September 5th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Sara, They won’t be as good as freshly-fried, but they should still be okay. I’m sure your coworkers won’t turn them down :)

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  76. Leslie Ward on September 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Can’t wait to make these Fritters. Have to say though, I sure do miss my Grandma’s Old Fashiioned Rice Pudding. So creamy and unbelivable delishiosness!

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  77. Gerrie on September 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Just wondering how would these be using Pears..

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  78. Mary on October 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    If I could tell you how long I have been looking for this recipe you would not believe me. My first taste of an apple fritter that fits this description was at an apple farm that sold them at the check out, 2 in a bag. I set out to find how they were made to no avail, tried many recipes, but could not get that yeasty donut taste. I asked the orchard owners if they knew how they are made and they told me an Amish woman brings them in. Oh my, I searched thru Amish recipes and always come up with the same type of fritter, but not this. I love, love love you for posting this, and I am going to make it as soon as possible. I think this is really it, it looks just like them and the way you describe it it sounds like it. thankyou so much from my taste buds!!!!

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    • Loren on October 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Congratulations on your find! I really enjoyed reading about your quest, possibly because I’m on a quest of my own for a stuffing recipe. Wish me luck.

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  79. Anne Smith on October 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    The recipe says it yields 14 doughnuts, the picture shows about 70 cut pieces of dough.

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    • Michelle on October 22nd, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Anne, If you read through the recipe, you’ll see that photo is part of the step-by-step instructions. Each fritter is created by pressing together multiple pieces of dough.

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  80. Sheryl Ann on October 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    All I can say is……these were incredible! My first attempt at donuts and it was obvious to me, as I looked at the finished texture of the dough, they were going to be perfect! The raw dough was soft and sticky, just like you stated. It takes me longer to get the dough to double in size, but by placing it in the oven, which I warmed on 500 for 1 minute (and then turned off!) before placing a bowl of boiling water in the oven to help humidify and heat the space, really helped. This morning my smile almost hurt as I gazed at the perfect dough (I made it rather late last night and let it rise in the oven overnight, not on purpose, but because I forgot…). Thus my smile…I thought I might have ruined it. After chopping and cookng the apples (I regret to say, I do agree with another reviewer that “cups” is more helpful than # of apples, I used 6, and the excess was given to my lab, much to her delight) I followed your directions to the letter, placing the apples in the dough, and letting it rise a second time (which took 2 hours for me, using the same oven technique as before), then continuing on, making the glaze before frying the fritters.

    But again, I regret to say that I agree with the same previous reviewer who stated there wasn’t enough glaze…I did run out and I only fried a third of the donuts. But then again, I was gifted by a neighbors 6 year old daughter who sweetly helping me glaze them, and she was very generous with her job – she glazed both sides and then helped me sprinkle powered sugar on them, just to make them even prettier! That might have been part of the glaze problem, which is a non-issue. Overall, you hit a homerun. These were the best I ever had, and imagine, made by me, in my kitchen (but a gift from you). And I’m going to state the obvious…nailing the dough recipe is the hardest part and I can’t thank you enough for all the homework you did to create such a wonderful treat. So again, my deepest thanks!!! You truly help me to be better than I really am in the kitchen.

    I also feel I should share that I live in Jackson, Wyoming…high altitude, no humidity and cold temperatures aren’t favorable to novice bakers. This was one of two perfect recipes of yours that I used (the lemon-lemoncello cupcakes, I can’t recall the true name, but you should know what I’m referring to) is killer…thank you for both. I look forward to using another of your shared recipes…you’re amazing.

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  81. Chef Michael on November 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    These look great. I have always loved Apple Fritters. However, they are NOT called Apple Fritter Doughnuts, which would have to be round with a hole in the middle.
    You are making it very hard on yourself, with a lot of extra work. All of the bakeries I know of use canned apple pie filling (use your favorite brand).
    I used to go to a large family-owned bakery that made not only made apple fritters, but pineapple (my favorite), cherry, strawberry, blueberry, etc. Delicious! Winchell’s Doughnuts makes apple, pineapple, and blueberry.

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  82. Donna on November 14, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I’ve never heard of an apple fritter doughnut and was totally confused when I read your recipe, which was for a regular apple fritter just like I get at any of the dozen doughnut shops around here. Then I read your comment about your grandma making them with a batter. That was something I had never heard of. My mom always used the same yeast dough that she used for making doughnuts. After she had cut out her doughnuts and set them aside to rise the last time, she would gather up all the dough scraps and roll them out again and cover them with the cooked apples and fold the dough and let it rise while she fried the doughnuts. When she finished frying the doughnuts she would check to see if the fritters had risen enough. If it had, she would kind of dimple the dough, Then she would just cup her hand and tear off the corner of the dough and drop it in the oil. She just went down the edge of the dough using her hand to measure and cut the dough. I’m going to try your recipe and I.m going to try it as just plain doughnuts too. I’ve been searching for a doughnut recipe like Mom’s and haven’t found it yet, or maybe I have and your’s is the one.

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  83. Betsy on January 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Do you have to use a vanilla bean? And you just use extract instead? Not even sure where I could pick one of those up at….?

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    • Michelle on January 15th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Betsy, Almost all grocery stores sell vanilla beans, and you can also buy them in bulk online. However, if you wish, you can substitute vanilla extract.

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      • Betsy on January 15th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        How much vanilla extract would you use? Also, is there any part of the dough that you can do ahead of time and let it sit overnight?

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        • Michelle on January 15th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

          Hi Betsy, 1 vanilla bean equates to about 2.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract. I haven’t tried refrigerating the dough at any point yet, but if you need to, I would do the second rise in the refrigerator (the end of step #2).

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  84. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures on February 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I am literally salivating while looking at this recipe!

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  85. seyrah on February 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It came out amazing. I will admit to tweaking it. I didn’t have apple cider on hand, and at this time of year it’s rarely very good…so I used orange juice in the dough and applesauce in the apples. Cut down the butter in the apples to 2 Tbsp but upped the sugar a little and added a dash of brandy for flavor. Used whole eggs in the dough and didn’t use an electric mixer–just a hand pastry blender.

    For the glaze, I thinned and sweetened it by adding more powdered sugar and some regular milk, because that’s just what I’m used to for doughnut glaze. When the doughnuts are still very warm, I drop each in the glaze, face down, then lift it out and turn it over before setting on the rack to cool and drip.

    To the person without a thermometer — when heating oil, you can just guess at the proper temperature by tossing in a tiny bit of dough. If it sinks, it’s not hot enough.

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  86. Bente G. on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I am making these literally as I type this! So far they are turning out perfect though there are some minor changes I made:
    1. I only used 4 apples and I diced them very small. About 1/4 inch pieces.
    2. I added 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the dough, but we like a lot of spice in our family!
    3. I did not have apple cider on hand, so I used same amounts of apple butter.
    4. I deep fried them in my deep fryer.
    What I would do differently:
    1. This is definitely a sticky dough. It’s SUPPOSED to be! Flour your work surface well and add flour on top…NO PROBLEM. However I would definitely work my dough a bit more before frying, to make sure all the apple pieces were incorporated. I had a lot of apples escape into the fryer and also from folding the dough, I had more layers than that chunky goodness that I think of when I think of apple fritters. That was my fault, I should have worked them a bit more.
    2. I would reduce the apples even more. I think 2-3 is sufficient (for my tastes).
    3. I used bread machine yeast because that’s all I had. I did not get much rise from my dough. Next time I will use regular yeast and/or add baking powder.
    FINAL REPORT: I do not eat these but so far my family is RAVING!!! I will definitely use this recipe again and I can’t wait to try different variations like blueberry as someone mentioned above. Mmmm! Blueberry, cranberry, lemon!! The possibilities are endless!!! Fantastic recipe!!!
    PS: READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU START!!! ALL of them!! ;)

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  87. melissa on March 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    i have been searching forever for a recipe like this! can’t wait to test it out!!!

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  88. Robin on July 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! I love the texture and flavor. I love the way the dough feels as I’m working with it. I’ve made these many times now, and each time is better than the last. I’ve made a few changes, but the overall personality of the recipe remains the same. A few of the tweaks are, 1) doubling the amount of butter in the dough, 2) substituting brown sugar for white in the apples, 3) a LOT more spice in the apples, 4) the addition of a tablespoon of whiskey in the apples, 5) halving the amount of apples. I also roll out the dough, cut it onto rounds and pile apples onto the round. I then seal the rounds, making a ball with the seam on the bottom. They go in the fridge overnight to proof and in the morning I fry them. The seam side opens up a little so when I drop them into a big saucepan of the glaze, that’s the side that catches it all and becomes “up”. They are the perfect 2 or 3 bite treat with coffee. I have sampled them out to many people and have received nothing but rave reviews.

    I want to play with other fillings, but the basic dough recipe will wrap them all. If you are ever traveling through Colorado Springs, Colorado (in about 3 years), look up Do Girl (long “o” sound) and come taste them! :)

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  89. Steph on August 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I have been dying to make these but I never have enough time to do it in one go. Can make the dough ahead of time or the apples? I would be best if I could do just about everything the night before and then fry in the morning. Thanks!

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    • Michelle on August 31st, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Hi Steph, You could definitely make the apples ahead of time, but I’ve not tried making the dough in advance and letting it sit overnight.

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