I love, no… LOVE (that’s right, bold and all capitals) apple fritters from the bakery. I live with a baker and from what I’ve been told apple fritters are fairly complex to make. Basically a doughnut base with apple filling and deep fried. Topped off with a sweet, sugary glaze. Well, I haven’t reached that “dough from scratch” point yet in my self-tutelage of all things bakery. But I doubt this “quick fix” will go unloved! Only two ingredients!
1. Chop cinnamon rolls into tiny pieces. I usually cut each roll in half, then each half in half, and so on until they are slightly larger than acorn-sized.
2. Chop 1/2 apple (I prefer Granny Smith but use your favorite!) into small slightly larger pieces. No need to “blanche” these since we’ll be cooking these in oil.
3. Mix dough pieces and apple pieces together in a large bowl.
4. Form into 4 large patties, about 1/4″ in thickness. Thicker patties will take longer to fry and cause the inside to remain doughy while the outside may fry too crispy. (Yes, there is such as thing as TOO crispy! At least in this case! :)) I find that wetting my hands reduces the stickiness and allows me to handle refrigerated dough!
5. Deep fry each patty in hot cooking oil (about 4 minutes per side). Drain on paper towels.
6. Drizzle with icing and serve warm! These were so good I can’t wait to make them again. Not just because I’m a cinnamon fiend, but being born and bred in the South, anything that’s deep fried is paradise!