Baked Apple Fritters
'Fritter: a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed.'
Clearly, we are taking some liberties with the fritter - but rest assured this non-fried treat is delightful in a lighter, healthier way.
Around here, we don't get much of a Fall season - the weather seems to go straight from Summer to Winter, but luckily that gives us a reason to turn on the oven. It's multi-tasking; making delicious treats while helping to warm the house. Apples are always plentiful and this time of year you might even find them on a tree in an orchard. This recipe gives us a reason to use apples in making a dessert other than pie!
We specifically didn't list what kind of apples you should use in this recipe - there are so many varieties to choose from. We chose 1 Gala and 1 Granny Smith, but you can use your favorite or ones that are readily available where you are. Here is a good guide to the many types of apples to choose from: The 14 Best Apples for Baking and Eating
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts is another favorite way to use seasonal apples in a healthier way.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup Turbinado or raw sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon Powder
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
6 oz (1 small container) vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded apple
1 cup chopped apple
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a food processor or large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Pulse or whisk to combine.
- Add butter in small pieces through the chute of the food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. If using a bowl, cut the butter in with a fork, 2 knives or a pastry cutter. Either method should result in the same coarse crumbs.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla and yogurt.
- Add the yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- If using the food processor, transfer mixture to a large bowl and fold in the apples.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least 20 minutes
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough about 1 Tablespoon in size onto the parchment paper.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until fritters are brown
- Sprinkle with a little sugar, if desired, while they are warm.
- Transfer to a cookie rack to cool.
- Serve with a little maple syrup for dipping.
Makes: 24 fritters - 2 per serving
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Protein 3.4 g
Carbs 24.8 g
Fat 6.3 g
Sat Fat 3.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Fiber 1.5 g
Sodium 106.3 mg