Homemade apple fritters are a family tradition. And no wonder! They are so good! My mom makes these every Christmas morning. She loves to tell the story about who used to make them and where the recipe came from. In fact, when I emailed her to ask her if I could share this recipe, she sent me this:
"Your Great-Grandma Marie Jebsen Kopp made that recipe a family tradition using either apples or raisins. Your dad prefers the apple one so that has become our tradition. I heard the recipe came from her mother, so your Great-Great Grandmother Amanda Wohlert Jebsen. They would use dried apples and reconstitute them by boiling in water a little while. Raisins were also treated to a hot bath. Raisins were a treat for those living in the Midwest back in those days, they usually only bought them at Christmas or Easter time. They were not readily available in this part of the country most of the year or if they were they didn't spend money on them until the holidays."
I love the history behind this recipe. All these ingredients would have been pantry staples except the raisins. The apples would have been preserved in the fall for use year round. I know raisins were a delicacy. I never have had this recipe with raisins in the fritters.
Homemade Apple Fritters
Makes 12-15 fritters. (I often double the recipe when making for my own family.)
1 cup flour
1 tsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Mix these together very well in a large bowl.
1/4 cup milk
Beat together, then add to the dry ingredients. This dough comes together well and you should have a ball of dough when you are done.
2 pared, diced apples
Stir or use your hands to mix the apples in. I prefer to use my hands.
Heat oil or shortening to 375 degrees. I use an electric skillet and use about 1-1/2 inches of oil. My mom uses an electric dutch oven and uses 3 inches of oil. If you have a fryer, that works too.
When the oil is hot, drop in the batter by spoonfuls.
If they don't turn over themselves, you must flip them over when they are brown on the bottom. If you are using an electric skillet, you will have to flip them yourself. For everything else, they should flip themselves over.
When golden brown and the oil is bubbling lightly around the fritter, remove from oil. Drain on paper towels.
You can dip the fritters in sugar to eat (what my family does) or you can roll them in powdered sugar. I have gone to eating them plain, but still sometimes dip them in a little sugar!
Thanks for reading,
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