Ever tried making your own fritters? Well, now’s the perfect time! This holiday season, let’s whip up some delicious Spiced Apple and Cranberry Fritters using Red Star Yeast. It’s a festive treat filled with warm holiday spices, and the best part? The whole family can join in on the fun!
Spiced Cranberry And Apple Fritters
For the Fritter Dough:
- 3/4 cup warm whole milk
- 1/2 cup warm apple cider
- 2 .75 ounce packages Red Star® Platinum Superior Baking Yeast®
- 3 tablespoons divided brown sugar
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Canola oil for frying
For the Spiced Apples and Cranberries:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 medium granny smith apples peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Maple Cinnamon Glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Warm the milk and apple cider until just warm to the touch. Be careful not to make it too hot; around 110-115°F is perfect.
- In a stand mixer, combine warm milk, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and yeast. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes until frothy.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, spices, and salt.
- Add lemon zest, egg, softened butter, vanilla, and remaining brown sugar to the yeast mixture. Mix on low and gradually add dry ingredients.
- Once all the flour is incorporated, mix on high for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Remove the dough, knead it, shape it into a ball, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 30-45 minutes).
- While the dough rises, prepare the apple mixture by caramelizing apples and adding cranberries. Cool in the fridge.
- Roll the risen dough into a square, spread the cooled apple mixture on half, and fold the other half over. Seal the edges.
- Cut the dough into strips, then at a 45º angle to create a crisscross pattern.
- Shape the pieces into a log, cut into 8-10 pieces, and let them rise for an additional 20 minutes.
- Heat canola oil to 350˚F in a pot. Fry the fritters until golden-brown (1-2 minutes per side). Drain on a rack.
- Whisk together the glaze ingredients and coat the warm fritters. Let the glaze set for 10 minutes. Enjoy your homemade holiday fritters!