Apple Fritters for A Perfect Saturday

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I found a recipe on the internet this week for apple fritters that promised to be easy.  Being a sucker for  perfect apple fritter I decided to give it a try but of course, being me I had to change up the recipe just a wee bit to make it my own.  So, here is my version of the ingredients:

1 heaping cup of All Purpose Flour

1/2 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

3 tablespoons melted better

1/3-1/2 cup of milk

3 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces

1. Place a pot of oil on the stove to heat.  When a small drop of batter placed in the oil immediately floats to the top, the oil is hot enough to fry.

2. Core and peel the apples and dice into small, pea size pieces.  Place the diced apples into a bowl of water that has been very lightly salted.  (This will prevent oxidation.)

3.  Combine the melted butter, egg, extracts, and sugar.  Then add the dry ingredients, mix until the dry and wet ingredients are just incorporated.

4.  Drain the apples and then add the apples to the fritter batter.  Mix the apples into the batter gently, the more the batter is stirred the higher the chance of tough batter.

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5.  Place a spoonful of the batter into the high oil, taking care not to crowd the pan.  Be sure to roll the fritter over 30 seconds to a minute into cooking, so that both sides of the fritter can cook.

6.  Place on a cooling rack for any excess oil to drain and cool lightly. 

The apple fritters are wonderful hot and crisp from the frying pan without glaze or powdered sugar.  However, they are amazing with a simple glaze or sprinkled with powdered sugar. 

I will be making these again.  They are easy, delicious and much better than what comes from the best bakery. 

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