APPLE EVERYTHING! Put the pumpkin spice down and walk away. (You only need the cinnamon ;) This to me is the best part of the colder months. Apples are always around, crisp, sweet or tart and so many ways to enjoy them. From homemade applesauce, pies or turnovers, soups and of course these deliciously addictive and simple prepared fritters. (I've already made them twice this month!)
These red ones I shot above are empires from Colorado, crisp as shit. I love living back in a climate (like Ontario) that has crisper apples. When we lived in California, they were so damn sweet.
As for the recipe, these are not the donut shop fritters you may be thinking of - covered with powdered sugar. These are a traditionally made fritter, reminding me of the days back in Ontario at the Farmers Market. Dunked in a soft fluffy batter, gently fried until golden brown and lightly dusted with cinnamon. Holy! These are GOOD!
Most recipes for fritters, latkes or even pancakes call for some sort of vegetable or peanut oil (sometimes olive oil - which should never be heated). If you've been following us on our year of food - you would have already read about the hazards of using specific oils or fats when frying, sautéing and roasting at high temperatures. Vegetable oils like the aforementioned peanut, safflower or canola are inflammatory if consumed on a regular basis and don't offer many if any health benefits. If I'm going to make a treat like fritters, I want to enjoy them with peace of mind knowing it tastes delicious and is serving my mind and body optimally. I choose coconut oil to sizzle these sweet treats, since it has a high smoke point and has so many other benefits like immune system support from the lauric acid content (similar to breast milk!) Not to mention a subtle coconut flavour without a lingering fatty taste on the tongue.
I hope you enjoy the last weeks of Autumn until we enter the winter months and bust out our crock pots for months of slowly-cooked and conciously-made foods for our families. Enjoy the recipe! Let me know in the comments what you love using apples for, I'd love to know other ways I can put this affordable fruit to use this season!
Hippy Dippy Apple Fritters in Coconut Oil + Cinnamon
makes: serves 4-6 (depending on how many you eat each!)
inspired from: APple Latkes - From a Polish Country House Kitchen
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 cup spelt or buckwheat flour (for added flavour)
1 t sea salt
1/2 cup kefir or yogurt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 T maple syrup
4 large apples, sliced to remove core
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 t cinnamon
2 T coconut sugar
Mix: dry ingredients together. set aside.
Mix: wet ingredients together.
Combine: wet and dry together.
Slice: apples to get as many large pieces for frying as possible.
Setup: a drying rack with paper towel for placing finished fritters.
Melt: coconut oil until a splash of water in the pan sizzles.
Coat: Each apple slice and place into pan for about 2 minutes each side.
Sprinkle: with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy!
note: I do not peel the apples, it makes no difference in taste or texture in my opinion and preserves the nutrients in the skin!