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Maple-Glazed Air Fryer Apple Fritter Recipe

fritters with chopped apples on wire rack
fritters with chopped apples on wire rack - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

While fritters are traditionally made with fried batter, frying can be a messy and even somewhat dangerous process. For this reason, many fried foods have been adapted for the air fryer, and here, recipe developer Deniz Vergara gives apple fritters just that convenient treatment. As she tells us, these fritters aren't exactly like their oilier counterparts, as their texture is "a cross between a pancake and a cake donut," made with a batter that's "not too runny and not too thick." If your air fryer has a basket and you're wondering how you'd keep the batter from dripping through, Vergara says a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom should easily prevent this problem.

"This recipe for air fryer apple fritters takes minutes to make," Vergara tells us. "They taste like cake on the inside, but they're crispy and golden on the outside." As a final touch, she complements the fruity flavor of these easy fritters with a maple-flavored glaze.

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Collect The Ingredients For Maple-Glazed Air Fryer Apple Fritters

ingredients for apple fritters
ingredients for apple fritters - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

The batter for these simple apple fritters is made with flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, milk, sour cream, butter, vanilla extract, and an egg. You'll also need apples, of course, along with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and almond extract for the glaze.

Step 1: Heat Up The Air Fryer

air fryer on kitchen counter
air fryer on kitchen counter - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Preheat air fryer to 350 F.

Step 2: Mix The Dry Ingredients For The Batter

flour in metal bowl with whisk
flour in metal bowl with whisk - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Make the fritter batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.

Step 3: Whisk The Wet Batter Ingredients

batter in mixing bowl
batter in mixing bowl - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, sour cream, butter, and vanilla extract.

Step 4: Mix It All Together

sweet apple batter in mixing bowl
sweet apple batter in mixing bowl - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Pour the wet ingredients unto the dry ingredients, mixing with a spoon or spatula just until combined. (Do not overmix).

Step 5: Add The Apples

sweet apple batter in mixing bowl
sweet apple batter in mixing bowl - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Fold in the diced apples.

Step 6: Prep Your Air Fryer Basket

hand spraying cooking oil on air fryer basket
hand spraying cooking oil on air fryer basket - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Line the air fryer basket or tray with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray.

Step 7: Dollop Out The Batter

uncooked apple fritters in air fryer basket
uncooked apple fritters in air fryer basket - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Using a ¼ cup measure, evenly space out 4 fritters on the parchment paper. Flatten the batter a bit with a spoon and spray the fritters with a little more cooking spray.

Step 8: Cook The Fritters

apple fritters cooking in air fryer
apple fritters cooking in air fryer - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Air fry for about 10-12 minutes, until golden.

Step 9: Start Making The Maple Glaze

hand whisking ingredients in bowl
hand whisking ingredients in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small pot, whisk butter and maple syrup over low heat until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar and whisk to dissolve.

Step 10: Add Almond Extract And Milk

hand whisking ingredients in bowl
hand whisking ingredients in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Remove from the heat and whisk in the almond extract and milk until smooth.

Step 11: Glaze The Fritters, And Enjoy

adding maple glaze to apple fritters
adding maple glaze to apple fritters - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Drizzle the glaze onto the fritters and allow to set for a few minutes before serving.

What Type Of Apple Is Best For Air Fryer Apple Fritters, And Can I Use Other Fruits?

assorted apple types
assorted apple types - Apomares/Getty Images

Vergara says she uses honeycrisp apples in her fritters, although she tells us that "any apple that is crisp, tart, and sweet will work." Her recommendations include Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonagold, and Pink Lady, while Crispin, Cortland, Jonathan, McIntosh, and Northern Spy are also among the best types of apples for baking. (An air fryer, after all, is essentially a mini convection oven, so air frying = baking.)

You can also make these fritters with other types of fruits, too. Vergara suggests choosing ingredients with the seasons, such as peaches or berries in the summer or pears in the winter. "The texture will just be a little different," she notes. You needn't even stick to making air fryer fritters out of fruit; if you omit the dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in the batter and replace the apples with fresh, frozen, or canned corn kernels, you'll have yourself some good old-fashioned corn fritters. You might want to skip the maple glaze with these, but they'll taste great with a drizzle of plain maple syrup or melted butter.

What Can You Do With Leftover Air Fryer Apple Fritters?

holding apple fritter with bite taken out
holding apple fritter with bite taken out - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

As with most fried foods, Vergara prefers these fritters when they're fresh from the air fryer, saying, "This is how they taste the best, especially when you drizzle the glaze on them while they are warm." Still, any leftovers can be either refrigerated or frozen, and Vergara says you can heat them back up in the air fryer (once thawed) when you're ready to enjoy them. Store the glaze separately so you can add it to the freshly warmed fritters.

If you find that your leftover fritters aren't quite as flavorful the day after you make them, there are plenty of ways to put them to good use by chopping them into bite-size pieces and re-purposing them for brunch dishes, dessert recipes, and more. Apple fritter bread pudding, anyone? You could also use leftover fritters in place of regular bread for overnight baked french toast with apple, cinnamon, and maple flavor notes.

Maple-Glazed Air Fryer Apple Fritter Recipe

fritters with chopped apples on wire rack with glaze
fritters with chopped apples on wire rack with glaze - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Prep Time: 15mCook Time: 10mYield: 4 servingsIngredients

  • ‌:::For the fritters:::

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup peeled and diced apples (¼-inch dice)

  • ‌:::For the glaze:::

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 F.

  2. Make the fritter batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.

  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, sour cream, butter, and vanilla extract.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients unto the dry ingredients, mixing with a spoon or spatula just until combined. (Do not overmix).

  5. Fold in the diced apples.

  6. Line the air fryer basket or tray with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray.

  7. Using a ¼ cup measure, evenly space out 4 fritters on the parchment paper. Flatten the batter a bit with a spoon and spray the fritters with a little more cooking spray.

  8. Air fry for about 10-12 minutes, until golden.

  9. Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small pot, whisk butter and maple syrup over low heat until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar and whisk to dissolve.

  10. Remove from the heat and whisk in the almond extract and milk until smooth.

  11. Drizzle the glaze onto the fritters and allow the glaze to set for a few minutes before serving.

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