Big apple fritters
Apple bread is one of my favorite sweet breads in the world.
Yes, I like banana and pumpkin bread too, but there’s something special about a big, sweet apple bread that makes my heart beat faster. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the apple orchard I visited as a child. I always enjoyed going there. The smell of the apple cider and cinnamon donuts was heavenly.Do you have any childhood memories that food brings back?
Once I was older and married and had a few small children, I took them to the same apple orchard.
When my son was about three years old, he stole apples and bit off small pieces of them before I could stop him. Luckily I knew the owner and she was always laughing. I would buy my apples and we would go home and bake this bread.Sweet memories! I can’t believe how quickly the years go by!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon apple pie spices
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1½ cups peeled and chopped apples
- Oil for Frying
- Powdered sugar
Pour the oil into a deep pan or pot to a depth of about 3 inches. Heat to 375 degrees. Sift flour, sugar, salt and apple pie spices into a large bowl.Place the eggs in a separate bowl and beat lightly. Add milk and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Add the butter and beat with a mixer on low speed to moisten, about half a minute. S
Tape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium for another 2 minutes.Add the apples. Add to hot oil using a ¼ cup measuring cup. Be careful not to splash oil on yourself. If the pot at the top is not very large, you may only be able to cook one at a time. As the donuts cook, they will rise to the surface.When they are golden brown on the first side, carefully turn them over with a spatula to brown the second side. Drain on kitchen paper and immediately sprinkle generously with powdered sugar or icing. I prefer the glaze. For the glaze, powdered sugar and milk or water are mixed and glazed hot.