You can probably guess the special ingredients: apples and peanut butter. Everyone knows that dipping an apple in a peanut butter is a quick and easy snack, but for this challenge I drew on one of my childhood favorites, apple fritters.
These are super easy and can be adjusted for however many you want to make. Here’s the basic recipe.
Apple Peanut Butter Fritters
Makes 16 fritters
2 large McIntosh apples
2 – 3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
Pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
confectioners’ sugar for sifting, maple syrup for serving
oil for deep fryer or skillet
Heat the oil in a deep fryer (or skillet) to about 365 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a brown bag for draining.
Core the apples, then cut each one into 16 slices. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter on half the slices, then sandwich it with another apple slice. (You should have 8 apple/peanut butter slices out of each apple).
Combine the flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together then add the milk and maple syrup. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the apples without leaving bare spots, but still drip off so it isn’t too heavy. Adjust the consistency with flour or soy milk if needed.
Working in batches, dip the apple slices into the batter then gently place in the fryer. Fry about 5 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to the baking sheet to let drain. Serve sprinkled with sifted confectioners’ sugar and a little maple syrup for dipping.
Psssst….drop the peanut butter and you’ll still have amazing apple fritters, perfect for fall! And if your apples aren’t delicious enough on their own, you can dress up the batter a little more with extra cinnamon, nutmeg, a little vanilla, things like that. But we like these best simplest.