Apple fritters are some of fall’s sweetest and most comforting treats to indulge in. Usually found at carnivals and fairs, apple fritters consist of sweet apple chunks nestled inside fried dough. You could essentially call them apple fritter doughnuts.
While apple fritters in their classic form are scrumptious, they’re not very healthy, even with a piece of fruit nestled inside. To give this fall treat a healthier take, we’re sharing a recipe for baked apple fritters.
These healthy apple fritters are made with a spiced dough batter with chopped and shredded apples folded inside. The batter is then distributed among a mini muffin pan, filling about 3/4 of each mold.
While these apple fritters bake in the oven, you’ll find yourself eagerly anticipating your first bite as your kitchen will likely smell intoxicating. The scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and sweet apple is absolutely delightful.
Once you do try a bite of these apple fritters, you’ll hardly remember that they weren’t even fried. They’re just as fluffy and irresistible as the original! For a finishing touch, these baked apple fritters are covered in a simple powdered sugar-cider glaze that will have you and your family eating these up with pure glee.
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the unsalted butter cubes and pulse just until you get a coarse mixture with chunks no bigger than the size of peas.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla, and yogurt together. Add the dry ingredients from the food processor into the bowl and stir together until they're well-combined.
Use a rubber spatula to fold the chopped and shredded apples into the batter. Scoop a few teaspoons of the batter into each greased muffin tin mold.
Bake the muffins for 15 minutes, just until they begin to turn golden brown. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, then transfer the muffins to the prepared baking sheets.
Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of apple cider to a small bowl. Whisk this together, then brush this runny glaze over all the muffins.
Place the muffins in the oven under the broiler setting and let the muffins broil for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the glaze begins to caramelize. Make sure you're watching your muffins very carefully so that they don't burn.
Once you've removed the muffins from the oven, whisk the leftover powdered sugar with the leftover apple cider in a small bowl and brush this glaze over the finished muffins. Let the muffins rest on the baking sheet until the glaze has set; about 15 minutes.