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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Gluten Free Apple Fritters!!!

Apple + Donuts = Apple Fritters!!!  I used fresh-picked MacIntosh apples we picked at local Olde Towne Orchard.  (It's gorgeous and located in the midst of fall-coloured leaves at the moment).  You'll want to make sure you use apples that are the quick-cooking kind, or you'll end up with bites of crunchy apple throughout your fritters.  The MacIntosh were perfect for fritters, because they soften very quickly during cooking.  These are so easy to whip together and fry.  You can roll them in cinnamon-sugar when done or drizzle in a butterscotch (this purchased buttermilk syrup mix is delicious, though not appropriate for those who are more sensitive to gluten) OR homemade caramel sauce, which is equally delicious.  Enjoy!
Gluten Free Apple Fritters
Fresh Gluten-Free Apple Fritters rolled in Cinnamon-Sugar

Gluten Free Apple Fritters!!!
makes ~36 small fritters

I chop the apples first so they're ready to be mixed in.

Whisk together in a large bowl:
2 cups Kristin's Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Start heating 1" Avocado Oil (or other frying oil of your choice, but this makes the MOST delicious crisp edges on the donut holes) in a high-sided frying pan over medium to medium-high heat.  I tend to re-use frying oil several times, particularly if frying non-meat/fish items like donuts.  I'll use this again for Navajo tacos, hand-held fruit fry pies, and samosas!  *I aim for 350F - 375F*

In a small bowl mix together:
1 cup milk (lactose-free works great!)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)

Add to dry ingredients:
2 cups diced & peeled Macintosh apples (or other type of apple that cooks quickly) 
Milk mixture

Mix with a spoon until thoroughly combined.  Let rest 5-10 minutes.

Prepare a small bowl of cinnamon sugar (1/2 cup sugar/1-2 Tbsp cinnamon) to roll donuts (optional).

Line 1 cookie sheet with foil to place donuts after cooling a bit and/or rolling in cinnamon-sugar.  Line 1 cookie sheet with a double layer of paper towel to place cooked donuts to drain.

Use a small (1 Tbsp) sized cookie scoop to scoop batter into the hot oil.  I tend to make more messy scoops for fritters compared to donut holes.

In either case, let the apple fritters cook until browned on one side before flipping to the other side.  I usually give them about two minutes per side.   A lighter brown will give you a softer fritter and a darker brown will give you a more crispy fritter.
Gluten Free Apple Fritters Fried in Avocado Oil
GF Apple Fritters browning in Avocado Oil 
Remove donuts to paper towel-lined pan to drain/cool.   Repeat with remaining batter.
Gluten Free Apple Fritters on Paper Towels
GF Apple Fritters after frying
When fritters have cooled enough for you to touch but are still hot, roll fritters in cinnamon-sugar and place on foil-lined pan OR transfer directly to foil-lined pan to eat later when drizzled in caramel sauce.
Gluten Free Apple Fritters in Cinnamon Sugar
GF Apple Fritters are delicious rolled in cinnamon-sugar
You can use a store-bought butterscotch or caramel sauce OR make your own homemade caramel sauce to serve alongside apple fritters, if desired.
Gluten Free Apple Fritters Drizzled with Caramel Sauce
We drizzled these with a delicious butterscotch sauce, but you can use any kind you like! 

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