Epiphany Day Apple Fritters

What I remember of Christmas past the most was not the toys but the smallest of things: an apple in my Christmas stocking.  This was my father’s Christmas tradition: oranges, apples and walnuts in the shell in our Christmas stockings, along with small Christmas foil wrapped chocolates.  Little Santas in bright tin foil.

Though I had hoped to be doing the same for my own children, I still do the same every Christmas for myself: I put an orange, some nuts in the shell, some small foil-wrapped chocolates (though its usually Lindt truffles and Mozart Kugeln ), and the apple in the toe of my Christmas stocking.  In some small way, it is for the remembered hope of them that at such a time as Christmas, God, in whom we put all our hopes, does not forget either.

Christmas is a time for remembering great traditions, of faith from the past which gives you hope in the future.  For me those traditions start on Christmas Eve and end on Epiphany, 12 days later.   The apple as a gift on Christmas becomes a simple offering of love on Epiphany when I make these apple fritters.  A love of God, a hope for the Kingdom to come, an honor for the family that always exists in my heart for whom I make the food I prepare, even when I know its only me who will be eating it.

Apple fritters on Epiphany with the apple from my Christmas stocking….


1 cup apples, chopped in small pieces
1 cup whole Milk, don’t skimp, this is a feast. Enjoy!
1¾ cups Flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Oil for deep frying (I use canola)

Confectioner’s sugar to coat the fritters when cool

In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon. In a pyrex measuring cup, measure the milk and add the beaten egg, stir to combine. Add the chopped apples to the flour mixture and then add the milk mixture to the bowl. Stir until the flour is just moistened. Try not to over stir.  A few lumps are great.

Place enough oil to fry the apple fritters into a pan or deep fryer. Heat until hot about 375 degrees.  Ok.  Let’s stop for a moment.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a thermometer to check this.  375 degrees on an electric stove burner is Med setting.  And it will take you about 5-10 minutes to get it that hot.  You can test it by spooning in a small amount of your batter and if it sizzles gently, its ready.

I also want to share that you don’t need a big cast iron Dutch Oven to fry in or even a Fry Daddy or Fry Baby.  All you need is an 8″ cast iron skillet and about 2″ of oil.  Like this….

Before you start frying, make sure you have a plate with paper towels lined in it to transfer the fritters to when they are done. And have a slotted spoon ready to turn the fritters over as they cook to brown them evenly.  You’ll use the slotted spoon to lift them out of the oil and onto the paper toweled plate to drain and cool before shaking them in confectioner’s sugar.

Drop batter by tablespoon or soup spoon into the hot fat. Drop the batter in the oil gently so as not to burn yourself or anyone standing near by.  Cook 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once while frying.  Drain on paper towels. Repeat for remaining batter.

You can serve these fritters a number of ways:

  • warm with maple syrup
  • cool them and shake in a bag of powdered sugar
  • drizzle with confectioner sugar icing.

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