Dutch Apple Fritters (Appelbeignets aka Appelflappen)
Dutch Apple Fritters are known under two names in the Netherlands, Appelbeignets and Appelflappen. These deep fried apples coated in batter are delicious. Traditionally this treat is eaten around New Year’s
Add egg and while whisking continually, add the lukewarm milk. Mix until combined.
Add melted butter, oil and salt and mix till fully incorporated. Cover the batter with a damp cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for at least an hour.
While the batter is resting (roughly 20 minutes before the batter is done) you can prepare your cinnamon sugar and apple slices. Peel and slice your apples about 0.4 inch/1 cm thick. Coat your apple slices with cinnamon and sugar.
Heat up your oil to 356°F / 180°C.
When your batter is ready, dip an apple slice in the batter. Tap on the side of the bowl to tap off any excess batter, you should see the hole in the slice of apple. Slowly drop your coated apple slice into the hot oil.
Don’t overcrowd your deep fryer or pan, the batter will expand slightly around the apple slices. It takes about 5 minutes to cook the apple fritters, make sure to turn them over halfway. When they’re golden brown all way around, they’re done.
Serve warm or cold dusted with a little bit of confectioners’ sugar.
Use firm sour or sweet and sour apples.
If you don’t have a warm place to rest your batter, you can use your oven. Preheat the oven to 95°F – 104°F ( 35°C – 40°C. Turn the oven off when it gets to 104°F. The oven will act as a warm place for the batter to rest and help it rise. If you feel the batter needs more warmth you can turn the heat back on and increase the warmth to 122°F – 50°C max. Make sure you don’t increase the warmth any higher. And always turn OFF the oven once it reaches the desired heat. Don’t leave it one while the batter is in the oven. Keep the bowl with the batter covered with a damp cloth.
Preferably use sunflower oil or peanut oil for the fritters. If you don’t have these, use a neutral vegetable oil.
Keep the temperature of your oil consistent, if you don’t have a deep fryer, use a thermometer that’s save to use with hot oil to check the temperature regularly.
Don’t overcrowd your deep fryer or pan, the batter will expand slightly around the apple slices.
Please note that the US cup measurements in this recipe are approximate and are not the exact equivalent of the grams mentioned in the recipe. Either use US cup measurements OR grams. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights/metric measurements.