Apple Fritters with Speculaas Spice are sure to become a fall favorite. The're a speedy version of a doughnut with apples that can be yours in about 30 minutes. Warm and crisp, they comes together easily using a few pantry ingredients, a bowl, a whisk, and a few measuring utensils. The liquid used can be milk, water or beer. I like to use beer because it makes a lighter fritter and gives a bit more lift to the batter. That's pretty much it.
Fall Spices are often added to the batter as well as to the sugar in which the fried apple fritters are finished. I use Speculaas spice which is a combination of eight or more spices used in the German cookie of the same name. It has a deeper profile than just cinnamon alone. It can be used anywhere gingerbread spice is called for. An easy homemade version is included in the apple fritter recipe.
Making these Apple Fritters with Speculaas Spice couldn't be easier. I think it's a great way to start the fall, don't you?
Back row: sugar, flour, beer. Middle row: vanilla, egg, salt, diced apple. Front row: baking powder, Speculaas spice
Apple Fritter with Speculaas Spice Batter
- Granny Smith Apple - these give the most apple taste to the fritters. The apples can be peeled or not. I don't.
- Beer, water or milk - the beer or water makes a crisper apple fritter. If using beer, use a light beer such as Stella Artrois.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking Powder provides the lift and lightness
- Speculaas spice - recipe below
- Vegetable oil - I use canola oil but any vegetable oil, except olive oil, can be used.
Speculaas Spice Ingredients - woody, spicy, warm, and sweet.
- Ground Anise
- Ground Coriander
- White Pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
Speculaas Spices and Sugar
Put all the spices in a jar.
Put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously to mix the spices.
Granulated sugar and speculaas spice.
Sugar and spice mixed together for speculaas sugar to finish the fritters.
Apple Fritter Batter
Beat egg in a medium size bowl
Add the vanilla, mix well.
Beer being added to the batter. Milk or water may be substituted.
Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Batter without the apples mixed.
Apples added to the batter
Batter completed with apples. Ready to fry.
Heat about 1 ½ inches of oil in a pan or skillet to 350°F.
The apple fritters should be fried in vegetable oil about 2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.
Warm fritter in speculaas sugar. Make sure the fritter is very warm or hot or the sugar will not stick to it.
- Measuring spoons and bowls
- Cutting Board
- Medium skillet or pan for frying the fritters
- Thermometer that goes to at least 400°F
- Baking sheet lined with paper towels
- Baking sheet lined with parchment
- Soup or serving spoon
- Slotted spoon
Fritters of any kind are best eaten immediately or within a few hours of making as is any deep fried item. To store any remaining, cover loosely with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature until the next day.
They can be frozen without the sugar coating. Simply freeze them in a single layer and then store them in a freezer bag or container. Heat, from the freezer, in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until thawed and heated through. Roll in the sugar coating.
The apple fritters can be finished with granulated sugar, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar if desired.
Cinnamon or another spice can replace the Speculaas spice.
Apple Fritters with Speculaas Spice
- 5 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground aniseed
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander seed
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 cups diced apples peeled or unpeeled
- 1 large egg
- 1 ⅓ cups beer water or milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¾ cup flour 245 grams or 8 ½ ounces
- ¼ cup granulated sugar 50 grams or 1 ¾ ounce
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon speculaas spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Canola oil as needed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon speculaas spice
Speculaas Spice and Sugar
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small jar. Place the cap on the jar.
- Shake the jar vigorously to mix.
- Combine the sugar and speculaas spice, stirring until completely mixed together. Set aside.
- Yield: ⅓ cup
- Cut the apple in about ⅓ inch dice. Set aside.
- Whisk the egg to mix. Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Pour in the beer, water or milk and whisk to blend together.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, spice and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
- Stir in the apples.
- Heat about 1 to ½ inch of oil to 350°F in a medium size frying pan.
- Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons and fry to a golden brown. Turn and fry the second side. This will take about 2 minutes on each side.
- Drain on paper towels and immediately roll in the speculaas sugar.
This Analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.
Tim Malm says
You had me at doughnuts! Thanks Helen, this recipe looks like fun.
Helen S Fletcher says
Hi Tim - I'll be doing an update on the baked or fried doughnut article which, believe it or not is always 1 or 2 on the most read list.
Ess Kay says
Would it be possible to make these as muffins - i.e. in a muffin pan? (Sadly, I can't eat deep fried)
Helen S Fletcher says
Hi Ess - I don't think they will work as muffins but I have a great apple muffin in this post. Fall Muffins - Apple, Pumpkin and Cranberry. We used this at the bakery.
Is 14 tsp of salt correct?
Helen S Fletcher says
Nope. Should be 1/4 teaspoon. Thanks for the catch.
Hilda Willman says
Helen, I hope your nose is itching or whatever the saying is when someone is thinking of you. I made 4 desserts for an auction dinner last week and 3 of them were Helen creations--Pave d'Amour, Basketweave Chocolate Caramel Tart and the Peach Frangipane Rosemary Tart. All turned out splendidly, except the Flan, which was not your recipe--I should have known and stuck with Helen recipes exclusively, but the theme was A Night in Seville so I had to throw in a Spanish dessert. Anyway, I think of you so often, especially when making fabulous Helen desserts, and hope you and Mike are well. You are the best!
Hi Hilda - Thank you for this lovely note. I miss seeing you, although I have to admit since I stopped teaching, I rarely into KC. We are very well and extremely happy in the apartment. So big, so much storage, so wonderful. There is a full time maintenance person and whatever needs to be done, he just does it. He is ordering me a new range because the light in my oven keeps going out. So healthy, happy and so glad you keep in touch. Take care my friend.
Can't wait to try these! Apple fritters are my husband's favorite. Thank you!
Hi Caryn: Mine too! These were even good the next day, which surprised me. I would be embarrassed to tell you how many we ate the first day.