Apple Fritters (Einen krapfen)

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From the Book of Good Food - German 1300's. I don't measure anything for this recipe, so you add as much or as little of the ingredients as you like. This is my own interpretation of this recipe. It's an easy recipe, but takes a long time to prepare.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time:

Serves: Many

Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: dessert · apple · fritter ·


3 Pounds of Lady Apples, OR 2 Red Delicious Apples
Pie Dough - enough for one pie (home-made is best)
Sliced Almonds (optional)
Ground cinnamon
Ground Nutmeg
Ground Cloves


First, prepare your pie dough. I've found that making your own pie dough works best this (I've tried Pillsbury roll-out dough and it wasn't as good). Take a large glass or a large round cookie cutter. Roll out your dough and cut them into circles until all the dough is in circles.

Peel and core your apples and then cut them into tiny pieces and place them into a medium saucepan. Pour in enough honey to coat them (You can add a little more if you like). Place the saucepan on the stovetop on 3 or 4 and then add your currants, sliced almonds, and spices - when adding your spices, be careful with the Cloves - just a tiny "tap" of the bottle is good enough because it's very strong!

Stir together and let it simmer on the stovetop until the apples are tender. The mixture will also make a "juice".

Once they're tender, take the saucepan off and place to one side. Once this is done, take a deep-dish frying pan and fill it half-way full with safflower oil and set it to Medium on the stovetop. Let it heat up while you do the next...

Take a bowl and fill it with water. Take a dough circle and brush water lightly on one side. Take a spoon and spoon a little of the apple mixture into the centre of the circle. Then, carefully fold the circle in half and pinch it closed. Take a fork and press into the sides of the half-circle. Make about 20 or so of these, and your oil should be ready and hot.

Carefully place the apple fritters into the hot oil (to avoid splashing, gently place them in a tongs and use the tongs to release them into the oil) and fry until a deep golden brown, and then carefully turn over using tongs. Once fried, take one out at a time, gently shake off the excess oil and place them onto a plate with paper towel and carefully blot them. Once the second batch is ready to come out of the hot oil, you can move the first batch onto a different plate, or place them in a tupperware-type container to keep them fresh.

This recipe makes a lot of fritters (the amount varies depending on the size of the glass/cookie cutter used when making the dough). To make some for just you and your family and friends, simply half the recipe.

Note: Lady Apples are tiny apples that can fit into the palm of your hand. You can find them at Health Food Grocery Stores.

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