Got Apple Fritter Bites? Brown and crispy with a soft middle, eat apple butter fritters like doughnut holes. It is fun to dip apple fritters in apple butter and honey. A quick and easy eat-with-your-hands dessert or appetizer. Let the party begin!
Where did they go? Apple Fritters dippers seem to disappear so fast; especially at fall hayrides, tailgate parties, and cocktail parties in the backyard. Joyce Pinson, Friends Drift Inn
Apple Fritter Bites with Apple Butter – Recipe-At-A-Glance
Prep Time 15 Minutes Cook Time 30 Minutes Total Time 45 Minutes
Yield about 3 Dozen
Ingredients All Purpose Flour – Sugar – Salt – Baking Powder – Baking Soda – Buttermilk – Egg – Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter
Equipment Deep Fryer – Slotted Spoon – Tongs – Mixing Bowls and Spoon or Scoop – Baking Tray and Cooling Rack
Apple Fritter Bites – Fall Favorite
Not really a doughnut, at least the way we make them, apple fritter bites can be served as a first course appetizer, a breakfast nibble, or as part of a eat-with-your-hands dessert at cocktail parties, tailgates, or hayrides.
Akin to a hush puppy, but browner and with a softer crumb, apple fritter bites are a fun and easy feature for crowd pleasing fun.
I tend to think of apple fritters as a fall or winter dessert. There is something about apple butter, flannel shirts, and a hayride on the farm that makes me want a batch of apple fritters right now!
How Many Apple Fritters Are Enough?
Do you obsess about running out of appetizers, especially if there is a party going on.?
- For appetizers, figure 2 per person. (I have lots of teenagers around)
- For a dessert, plate one fritter with swirls of apple butter and honey garnished with several slices of fresh apples.
- If you have leftovers, pop them in the freezer and reheat a few at a time for your afternoon coffee break or when the kids come home from school.
Eat with Your Fingers Good!
Apple Fritters are not fancy food. You snag one up, dip in apple butter or honey and savor the quick bite. The biggest problem is no one stops at just one, so making several batches at a time keeps the cook busy!
At tailgates, we just put them on a platter with small bowls of apple butter and honey, and step back. They disappear quickly!
There is something earthy about eating with your hands, outside in the fall. The crispness of the autumn air, the beautiful color of the fall leaves, and those little warm morsels of flavor packed apple fritters are surely one of life’s simplest of pleasures.
Emily Johnson at food magazine Epicurious claims eating with your hands should be declared a sensory experience. She says:
Like my mom and grandma before me, I habitually grab bites of whatever I’m eating with my fingers.
If I wanted to swipe some creamy cheesecake and raspberry sauce up with my finger, my mom understood that I was having a sensory experience and not just being a slob.
Apple Fritter Mixing Tips
With buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda, you can expect a good rise from the batter if you let rest. If you do all your prep and mixing first, then by the time you start the fryer the batter will have time to “lighten up.”
What Makes Apple Fritters with Apple Butter So Special?
By incorporating apple butter into the batter, these apple fritters get a flavor boost and inner moistness infused with spices and apple butter goodness.
The original Friends Drift Inn was a family diner, commercial orchard, and apiary. In the fall apple butter was our “go-to” fruit spread. A generation later it still is.
Apple Fritters drug through a heap of apple butter takes me back to more innocent times. If you wonder about how Friends Drift Inn came to be so passionate about apple butter, read my article “What is Apple Butter and How Do You Use It?”
Apple Fritters – What’s in A Name?
The term fritter is apparently a derivation of the word “fry.” According to Merriam-Webster fritter is defined as:
a small mass of fried or sautéed batter often containing fruit or meat
These little apple butter dippers surely fit the definition.
Serving Suggestions for Apple Fritter Bites with Apple Butter
Apple Fritters, in my opinion, are rustic and casual. We serve apple fritters at fall backyard bbq’s, hayrides and tailgates as an appetizer.
However, these are fun for breakfast or a coffee break too! Who can resist dipping fritters in apple butter? If not apple butter, then honey.
Why not both?
Apple Fritters pair well with:
- Breakfast Foods – especially pork
- Hot Apple Cider Bourbon Wassail
- As a passed appetizer (or dessert) with dips of apple butter and honey
- Cocktails – Especially bourbon cocktails with apple butter
Bringing Luck and Counting Blessings
Rosh Hashana, celebrating the Jewish New Year, occurs in the fall. Tradition has it eating apples and honey together brings favor.
For me, apple butter, apples, and honey was just part of living at the original Friends Drift Inn – the ultimate fall comfort foods. It may not bring favor from above, but family and friends certainly appreciate homemade apple fritters.
What do you love with apples and honey?
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Apple Fritter Bites for appetizers or desserts are fun eat-in-your-hand nibble. Easy recipe for fall tailgating, cocktail parties, and breakfast bites.
- 2 cups of All-Purpose Flour, whisked
- 1 ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup of Buttermilk, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted Butter, organic preferred
- 1 cup of Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter
- 2 teaspoons Pure Cane Sugar
- 2 large Eggs, organic preferred
- Optional – Confectionary Sugar for Dusting
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a cooling rack there.
- Whisk flour in bag, spoon into cups to measure.
- Use a large bowl to, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
- In medium bowl, thoroughly mix buttermilk, butter, apple butter, sugar and eggs.
- Gently fold buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Just moisten.
- While batter rests, fill home fryer with about 3 inches of cooking oil – a neutral flavored oil works best. Bring up to 350. Be careful!
- A small cookie (ice cream) scoop with 1 tablespoon capacity works best to drop measured batter into hot oil. In a pinch, a heaping tablespoon will work.
- Drop about 3 scoops at a time in fryer. More and the temperature will fluctuate too much.
- Cook about 3-4 minutes per batch, turning fritters once to insure even browning. Fritters will be golden brown and will puff up.
- Remove to baking rack with a slotted spoon to drain. (We don’t coat with confectionary sugar often, but if you plan to do so while hot)
- Repeat until used all batter. Best served warm, but for parties we serve at room temperature.
If making big batches with intent of serving warm, after allowing oil to drain, hold in a 250-degree oven on a foil covered baking tray or ovenproof serving dish.
Batter should be thick. You may need to add extra flour depending on the brand. Add teaspoon at a time.
Like all our recipes, Apple Butter Fritters was formulated with Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter. We cannot predict how other products will perform.
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