Big Apple Fritters

I was trying to replicate the Apple Fritters that the convenience store chain, QuikTrip, used to have. The ones they have now are not the same. This recipe was very close to reality with the few modifications I made. As suggested, I doubled the nutmeg and added tea. Cinnamon. I also increased the sugar to 1/3 cup. As suggested by another reviewer, I diced the apples and microwaved them for 4 minutes, then I put them, liquid and all, in the dough and dropped the dough in 1/4 cup hot oil. Instead of sprinkling sugar, I made a glaze with 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of water, and sprinkled the fritters with it. It dries to give a sweet, slightly hard, crunchy icing on the doughnut. My husband says that these doughnuts are closer to the old QT doughnuts than what they have now in the store, but they could be fried just a little thinner and crispier. Next time I’ll add an extra apple and see if that doesn’t dilute the cake by a hair. Great recipe!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups of sugar
3 teaspoons of baking yeast
½ teaspoon of salt
¾ teaspoon apple pie spices
2 large eggs
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1½ cups of peeled and chopped apples
Oil for frying
Confectionary sugar

Directions

Pour the oil into a deep frying pan or Dutch oven to a depth of about 5 cm. Heat to 375 degrees. Sift the flour, sugar, salt and apple pie spice into a large bowl. Place the eggs in another bowl and beat them lightly. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Add the butter and beat on low speed with a mixer to moisten, about ½ minutes. S

Crack the sides of the bowl and increase speed to medium for 2 more minutes. Stir in apples. Using a ¼ cup-sized measuring cup, drop into hot oil. Be careful not to spray yourself with oil. If your pan is not very large at the top, you may only be able to cook one at a time, but the fritters will rise as they cook. When browning on the first side, carefully turn them over with a spatula.

Brown the second side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle immediately and generously with powdered sugar or icing, I prefer icing.