Apple Fritters

makes 14 fritters

For the Fritters

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice

3/4 cup apple cider

2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons (1-ounce) unsalted butter, melted

3 cups vegetable oil

For the Glaze

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup apple cider

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Fritters

Spread diced apples in a single layer on paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spice.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the cider, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Add cider mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined.  Fold in apples.

Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350º F.  Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop, gently transfer portions of batter to oil.  Quickly turn the fritter over and press lightly with the back of a spoon or spatula to flatten.  Fry, adjusting burner to maintain oil temperature between 325º and 350º F, until deep golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.  Transfer fritters to a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet.  Bring oil temperature back to 350º and repeat with remaining batter.  Let fritters cool for at least 10 minutes.

For the Glaze

Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar, apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until smooth.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the glaze on top of each fritter.  Let the glaze set for about 10 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

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