Addicting Bourbon Apple Fritters

These Bourbon Apple Fritters are a riff on the classic apple fritter, with bourbon and brown sugar adding some extra sweetness. They’re perfect for fall festivities!。

New England Apple Fritters are a classic recipe that is easy to make and always delicious. This recipe has been adapted from the famous Boston Baked Beans.

Apple Fritters with Bourbon. Have you ever come across anything more autumnal than that? If you’re from New England, like me, you probably associate autumn with gorgeous 60° days, changing leaves, and apple harvesting. I’d say that apple harvesting is a New England activity. You put on your mud-resistant autumn boots, drive out into the countryside, and get the biggest bag you can for all your apples.

Then you jog into the orchard, sampling apples from each tree before picking them. When you get home, you start thinking about all the things you can do with your apple harvest. Cobbler with apples. Apple pie is a delicious dessert. Crispy apples. Sauce made from apples. Cake made with apples. Fritters made with apples.

Apple fritters, but not just any apple fritters. APPLE FRITTERS WITH BOURBON. In other words, apple fritters with bourbon in both the batter and the glaze. Baby, ooh.

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The best way to prepare apple fritters is to follow this recipe.

Making handmade apple fritters is a painstaking procedure, but they’re worth it. The following are the fundamental methods for producing bourbon apple fritters:

Prepare the apple filling — The apple filling in these fritters is made up of cooked apples, sugar, and spices. Simply combine the ingredients in a skillet and heat until slightly softened (you don’t want the apples to be mushy; otherwise, rolling the mixture into fritters would be tough).

Make the dough — These fritters are made using a yeasted dough that requires a lengthy rise. To prepare the dough, activate the yeast first, then combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer. Allow 10 minutes for the mixer to perform its magic, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Allow it to rise for approximately an hour in a greased basin, or until it has doubled in size.

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Form the homemade apple fritters — Now comes the tough part: forming the apple fritters. I won’t go into depth on how to form the fritters right now, but the recipe card below has incredibly extensive instructions. If you’re still unsure how to make fritters after reading through my directions, leave a comment below!

Allow the fritters to rise once more. — After shaping the fritters, let them aside on the counter for another 30 minutes to rise.

Fry the fritters in batches, two at a time, until golden brown on both sides. If you cook more than two fritters at a time, the oil temperature will drop and the fritters will absorb too much oil.

Glaze the fritters — Combine the glaze ingredients in a mixing bowl and dip the fritters in the bourbon glaze. Enable the fritters to sit for a minute or two to allow the glaze to set before eating.

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A few words about these apple fritters:

  1. Yes, there are many stages, but several of them have been increased for clarity. If you’ve never made fritters before, I recommend starting with this page, which includes pictorial instructions for shaping the dough.
  2. You’ll want to make these on the day of the event. Don’t cook them one day and eat them the next. Donuts lose their crispiness after a few hours and become mushy. As a result, the day-of is the ideal option.
  3. I strongly advise using a temperature thermometer to verify the temperature of your oil. They’re $15 on Amazon.
  4. Please, whatever you do, don’t attempt to create them by yourself. I can’t guarantee you won’t eat them all if you do.

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Let’s get this party started, you fritter babies. ENJOY!

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These Annoyingly Addicting Whiskey Apple Fritters combine sweet cinnamon and apples, wonderfully cooked dough, and bourbon.

  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 45 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 20 minutes
  • 2 hours and 35 minutes total
  • 12 fritters 1x yield
  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 45 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 20 minutes
  • 2 hours and 35 minutes total
  • 12 fritters 1x yield

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  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 45 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 20 minutes
  • 2 hours and 35 minutes total
  • 12 fritters 1x yield

Ingredients

Regarding the apple,

  • 2 tart apples, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes (such as granny smith)
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • a pinch of cinnamon

To make fritters

  • 1 1/8 teaspoon active yeast (instant)
  • 1/3 cup warm milk (110°F)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 big room-temperature egg
  • 1 and 3/4 cup flour
  • a quarter-cup of bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon

To make the bourbon glaze, combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  • a half-cup of powdered sugar
  • bourbon (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • 1 and a half tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until the apples begin to soften, with the apples, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. You don’t want them to get mushy, just soft. 
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and let it to cool while you prepare the dough.
  3. Combine yeast, warm milk, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a stand mixer equipped with a dough hook attachment. Stir well and let aside for 15 minutes to ensure that the yeast has been active. After 15 minutes, you should observe bubbles all over the mixture’s surface. This indicates that the yeast is alive and well.
  4. Combine the remaining sugar, egg, and half of the flour in a mixing bowl. Toss everything together, then add the rest of the flour and the bourbon. Mix on medium low for 2-3 minutes, or until everything is well blended. Add the butter and cinnamon at this step. 
  5. Mix for another 10 minutes, or until the dough is completely smooth. Although it will be damp, it should not be sticky to the touch. 
  6. A second bowl should be greased. Place the dough in the oiled basin after removing it from the mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let aside for 1 hour to rise.
  7. Set aside two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
  8. Remove the rising dough from the bowl and set it on the floured board. Roll the dough into a 10′′x16′′ rectangle using a rolling pin. Fold one half of the rectangle over the apple mixture, then the other half over the apples. To seal in the apples, pinch the dough’s outer edges together. Roll out the rectangle into a 10′′x16′′ rectangle (it’s OK if some apples fall out), then fold it in half again. You should have a 10′′x8′′ rectangle at the end.
  9. This is when things get a little tangled, but I have faith in you!! Cut the dough into 1/2-inch cubes using a bench scraper or a sharp knife. Scoop up all of the pieces with your hands and start shaping them into a 12-inch log. Roll the log again with flour, ensuring sure all of the pieces are as firmly packed as possible. 
  10. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces with a bench scraper or floss (this is an ancient technique I employ!). Place each fritter 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets that have been prepared. Allow to rise for another 30 minutes, this time covered with a cloth or plastic wrap. 
  11. Set out a cooling rack over a baking sheet (to collect any drips from your fritters after they’ve been removed from the oil).
  12. In a big heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour roughly a quart of vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350°F, then reduce the heat to maintain the 350°F temperature. 
  13. Fry your fritters two at a time, for around 1 minute on one side and 30 seconds on the other, until golden brown on all sides. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and place it on a cooling rack. Continue with the remaining fritters.
  14. People, this is the last phase! It’s time to glaze your fritters after they’ve all been cooked. Microwave powdered sugar, bourbon, milk, and butter for 15 seconds in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir. Although the mixture will be thick, it should be thin enough to simply dip the fritters in. Microwave it for another 10 seconds if it isn’t thin enough.
  15. Place each fritter back on the cooling rack to set after dipping it in the glaze. AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! IT WAS YOU WHO DID IT! TIME FOR FRITTERS!

Notes

If you’re not sure how to form the fritter dough, have a look at the photographs on this page. 

More apple sweets may be found at:

Coffee Cake with Sour Cream and Apples

Ice Cream with Bourbon Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Churros with Apple Cider Churros

Apple Crisp with Cranberry Bourbon

Apple Cake with Ginger Molasses and Mascarpone Frosting

These quick apple desserts are a great addition to your fall baking repertoire. They’re easy to make and the bourbon gives them an extra kick.

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