Apple fritters are made from rings of fresh apples that are dipped in batter and fried.
The result is a thin, crispy brown crust fritter that is filled with warm, soft apple.
Dust the apple fritters with confectioners' sugar and serve them warm with a cup of
coffee or hot apple cider. If you're making the apple fritters for children, use apple cider
or another fruit juice in place of the rum.
3 firm crisp apples
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup rum
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup flour
3/4 to 1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegetable oil for frying
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Peel and core the apples.
Cut the apples horizontally to make 1/2 inch thick slices.
In a shallow bowl, combine the granulated sugar, rum, and lemon juice.
Put the apple slices into the mixture and turn them several times to coat them
Set aside for 1 hour.
Put 1 cup of water in a shallow bowl and gradually add the flour, shaking it
through a strainer. When all of the flour has been added, the batter should have
the consistency of pancake batter. If the batter is too thin, add a little more
flour, if it is too thick, add more water. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour enough oil into a wide skillet to come 1/2 inch up the sides. Put over high
heat. Take the apple slices out of the bowl and pat them dry with paper towels.
When the oil is hot, dip the apples in the batter and place into the skillet
without crowding. Fry to a golden brown on one side, then turn and fry the other
side. Transfer to a wire rack to drain. When all the slices are cooked, dust
them with confectioners' sugar and serve hot.