Spiced Apple Cider Fritters

Need a quick and easy breakfast treat for the upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays? Try my original Spiced Apple Cider Fritters. The apple cider, oatmeal and warm sultry spices combine perfectly for a not-to-spicy, not-to-sweet breakfast treat or snack. These are so simple to make, yet will totally impress your family and guests!

My original BabyBoomerBakes recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Fritters makes 3-dozen, but no one will be able to eat just one…or two…or three. You get the idea!

Spiced Apple Cider Fritters

1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice)

1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

2 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1-1/2 cup home-style applesauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

peanut oil (or vegetable oil) for deep fat frying

1 tsp ground cinnamon

In a microwave safe bowl combine apple cider and oats. Heat on medium (50% power) 5 minutes. Remove from microwave; stir and set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine eggs, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat on medium speed until mixed throughout; about 30 seconds. Add apple cider oat mixture, applesauce, vegetable oil and vanilla extract; beating 30 seconds on medium speed or until mixed throughout. Sift together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Add in two parts to apple mixture, beating on low-speed until mixed throughout.

Preheat deep fat fryer or deep saucepan with 3 – 4 inches of oil. Heat to 370 degrees. Cook fritters in batches. Drop dough in hot oil by tablespoons and fry 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes, turning every 30 seconds until fritters cooked throughout and golden brown. Remove fritters from oil and drain on paper towels.

Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon in sealable plastic 1-gallon storage bag. Toss fritters, a few at a time, in cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 3-dozen

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