Apple cider fritters with caramel sauce

If you’re after a delicious dessert that’s fun to make, these apple cider fritters with caramel sauce are perfect!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4
Kid Friendly


  • 1 cup flour plus ¼ cup extra for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • 3-4 medium apples I used Braeburn
  • oil for frying
  • ¾ cup cinnamon sugar ¾ cup caster sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream to serve

Caramel sauce

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup cream


  • Combine the flour, egg yolk, cider and spice in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Set batter aside to rest.
  • Core the apples, then slice into 3-4mm-thick rings, pat dry with paper towels and dust in the extra flour.
  • Pour oil into a medium saucepan to a depth of 4-5cm and heat to 165-185°C. (If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, drop a grain of rice into oil and if it comes to the surface quickly and begins to cook, the oil is ready.)
  • Dip apple rings into batter, let excess run off, then carefully lower into hot oil using metal tongs. Cook in batches of 2-3 slices, for about 1 minute on each side. Once brown all over, remove with tongs and dip into cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve warm fritters with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Caramel sauce

  • Simmer sugar with water until caramelised and golden (swirl pan but don’t stir), then remove from heat and very slowly whisk in cream – be careful as it will bubble up. Return to heat and simmer until thick and glossy.


The batter is similar to a beer batter, but made with cider to give it extra sweetness. The caramel sauce is super easy to make, just make sure you’re careful as hot sugar can burn! Add a wee pinch of salt if you like a salted caramel taste.
Kids are sure to love this dessert, making it great for a special weekend treat.
For more apple desserts, try my rustic apple cinnamon pie with honey yoghurt cream and my apple pastry rosettes.