The Food Network has a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for apple fritters. These sweet treats can be served alongside sausage or bacon for a hearty breakfast.
To make the Food Network's apple fritter recipe, heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium to medium low heat until a deep-fry thermometer read 340 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted in the oil. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt. In a separate bowl, beat 2 large eggs, and then add 3/4 cup whole milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Core and dice into small pieces 2 Granny Smith apples. Fold the apples into the batter until very chunky. Drop large tablespoons of the apple batter into the oil, six to eight at a time. Fry for four to six minutes or until golden brown. Remove the fritters, drain excess oil on paper towels, and dust generously with powdered sugar. Serve warm for breakfast or as a lunchtime snack.