Appelflappen

March 11, 2013

Appelflappen

It’s safe to say that Appelflappen, or apple fritters, are my newest obsession.

I’ve been making them everyday for the past three day, and sometimes more than just once a day. I’ve made so many different versions of them, I’m pretty sure I can fend any questions about them. Even about how it might be when you make them eggless (!). I looked up recipes for apple fritters, as the are made in different cultures – from making them with grated apples in Hungary to using specialised cast iron moulds for popover-like beignets called æbleskiver in Denmark – I settled on a recipe based on Dutch appleflapens, mostly because they seem simple enough and didn’t need special equipment.


Appelflappen

All the times that I made the fritters, I stuck to the exact same recipe below, scaled down for two people, except the time when I made them eggless. Here are my observations:

Take 1:
I followed the instructions in the recipe to the letter. End result: soft custardy casing that was crisp in corners where the batter had clumped up. The apples were quite firm.

Take 2: Arjun’s favourite.
I let the apple slices coated in cinnamon and sugar sit for 2 hours or so before deep frying. The apples lost their firmness but still had a bite to them. Custardy casing again.

Take 3: My favourite.
Thinly sliced apples coated in cinnamon sugar. I let this sit for about 15 minutes (didn’t want them sitting longer because the’d get mushy). These turned out to be the crispiest of the lot. Because they were so thinly sliced, the apples don’t lend as much moisture to the appelflappen which makes them crispy and not necessarily typical of Appelflappen but this one was my favourite. I snapped a photo of it on Instagram.

Take 4:
0.5 cm – 0.7cm cut apples coated in cinnamon and sugar and refrigerated overnight. Result: very mushy apple slices that don’t hold shape and result in cloyingly sweet fritters. I used the leftover batter to make banana fritters that we ate with Speculoos flavoured Häagen-Dazs.

Take 5:
I had one last banana sitting on the counter so I made a scaled down version of the batter recipe and skipped the eggs (just because I didn’t want to waste an entire egg for the sake of 16.5g). Result: crispy fritters, that reminded me of fish and chips. Which essentially means that I had a crispy exterior but none of the custardy goodness that’s reminiscent of beignets, pancakes, waffles and such breakfast treats.

Banana Fritters

Oil temperatures: In all cases, the oil I used for deep frying was about 160ºC – I didn’t just want the batter cooked but also the fruit. The one time I did deep fry the bananas at 190ºC, the casing turned out to be extremely crispy ( it was also the one without any eggs added) and turned golden brown within seconds, but the banana didn’t heat through and the inner coating of batter was uncooked.

Appleflapens

Serves: 4

4-5 apples (I used my favorite kind, Pink Lady)
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
300g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
300g milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 egg
Oil for deep frying
Icing sugar

  1. In a bowl, mix together the vanilla sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Peel and core the apples and slice them to a thickness of a little under 1 cm. Toss the apple slices in the bowl of cinnamon sugar to coat. Set aside until you make the batter.
  3. Mix a little more than half of the milk with the flour + baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt until you get a thick batter. Once the mixture is consistent, stir in the rest of the milk. This way, you won’t end up with a lumpy batter. Stir in the egg and sugar.
  4. Heat a large cooking pot and pour in the oil. The oil should come up to at least 4 cms up the sides of the pot. Let it heat (test with a few drops of the batter).
  5. Dip the apple slices in the batter and drop it into the hot oil. Let it cook until golden brown. Drain and transfer to a paper towel.
  6. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve hot.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Finla March 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

We love apple fritter here, this is one of the dessert my mil showed me to make years ago when i came here.

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2 ritu March 12, 2013 at 1:27 AM

The last picture where sugar is being sprinkled is just superb!!

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3 Meenakshi March 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Oh the pictures are gorgeous! I love cutting apples across their middle- you get to see the star of the apple. The last powdered sugar photo is beautiful. These are so simple! I just got some Granny Smiths from Nature’s Basket and already have some vanilla sugar (thanks to the bean from the workshop!) Am going to try this tomorrow. PS You know they’ve started selling vanilla beans in test-tube like glass vials at Nature’s Basket? 3 beans in one tube.

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4 Shaheen March 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Thanks, Meenakshi!

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5 conunpocodizucchero.it March 12, 2013 at 10:21 PM

very good obsession! ;-)

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6 Charul @ Tadka Masala March 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hey Shaheen.. Hows you?
Did you use banana instead of egg in the recipe? If yes what is the proportion?

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7 Shaheen March 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Hi Charul, Like I mentioned my my observations for Take 4 and 5, I used apples instead of bananas. Just as many as it takes to finish off the batter.

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8 Maria March 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

That last pic is just awesome!

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