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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.