German Apple Fritters (Apfelküchlein Rezept) – This is another easy German recipe from my collection. Warm German apple fritters topped with some vanilla sauce just make the chill Autumn even better. This traditional Apfelküchlein can be eaten on its own or as dessert.
It is officially fall now in Germany and the weather is getting chill. In order to continue with our apple series, I would like to introduce you to this German Apple Fritters recipe. My amazing mother-in-law kindly passed me this really old cookbook from her mother (MGM’s grandmother or Oma in German). This cookbook is very precious to me since it belongs to Oma and it contains many old German recipes cooked traditionally. This gift is truly a treasure.
I chose this simple traditional recipe to commemorate this apple season. Personally, I have not tried this recipe before and we are going to do this together for the first time. However, this Apfelküchlein Rezept is very easy to make. I will also share some tips on how I would do it differently the next time I am going to make this recipe, so that we could all learn from my mistakes.
My mother-in-law told me that, when she was a child, they actually ate these German apple fritters for lunch as their main meal. Due to religious (Catholicism) reasons it was common back then to eat meatless lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, there would be something sweet for lunch and fish (or vegetarian) on Fridays. This tradition was even observed during my studies in Germany. The canteen I visited always had something sweet on Wednesday and fish dishes on Friday. This was an interesting observation
Tips on making German Apple Fritters
Apples: Just like my previous recipe, you can use any type of apple. Sour apples may add a touch of sourness to the cake. However, if you prefer a less sweet apple cake, feel free to do so. To be honest, I used whatever apples I have at home, which was Gala. I am sure that you can use old apples as well.
Seasoning: According to Oma’s (the grandmother of my MGM) cookbook, this recipe requires half a teaspoon of salt. However, I only used a pinch of salt. Since this is a sweet recipe, I did not want the batter to be savory. If you are wondering why there is no sugar added into the batter. This is because the German apple fritters will be coated with sugar after being fried.
Milk: It is important not to add too much milk to this recipe because it would thin out the batter. Thin batter would result in the batter not sticking to the apple rings and you will not get the results you wish.
Cinnamon powder: This step is optional and comes last. I love apple cinnamon flavour. However, not everyone does. You can skip this step or serve the cinnamon powder separately, if you or your family do not like cinnamon flavour.
How to make German Apple Fritters
In a suitable bowl, sieve flour. Thereafter, add in your milk, salt, and eggs. Mix the ingredients. Add beaten egg white into the mixture and mix gently the batter.
Peel apples and cut the apples in a circle. Remove seeds from the middle of the apple slices to get a donut shape.
On a medium heat, heat up some oil in your frying pan. Drop a tiny piece of batter into the oil. If the batter starts cooking, it means that the oil is hot enough. The amount of oil depends on the type of pan you use. Personally, my frying pan needs very oil. Dip the apple slices into the batter and fry them in the pan slowly until both sides turn brown. This will soften the apple slices.
While the apple fritters are frying, put sugar and cinnamon powder onto a plate and mix them. Once your Apfelküchlein are ready, you can transfer them to the sugar-cinnamon mixture and coat them. Alternatively, you can transfer the fritters onto a piece of kitchen roll, to remove any excess oil. Thereafter, coat these rings with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
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How to serve German Apple Fritters Recipe
These German apple fritters taste best when eaten warm, since it is deep-fried or pan-fried. As mentioned, this was my first time making these Apfelküchlein and there are some points I would do differently:
- The cooking time for me was too short around this time. The coating did turn brown. However, I feel that the apple donuts were not soft enough. It was definitely still very yummy but I would cook them longer next time.
- Even though we ate these on their own this time, I would definitely serve these sweet apple fritters with some vanilla sauce next time.
How to store Apfelküchlein
I would not recommend storing these delicious German Apple Fritters because they are fried and will turn soggy eventually.
If you do not mind the sogginess of “old apple fritters”, feel free to keep them in an airtight container. These little apple rings can be stored for up to 2 days in a cool and dry place. This recipe is so lecker (which means delicious) and simple to recreate within half an hour.
Have you tried this recipe? If yes, I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my family does. Show me and tag me #chenguins on social media, so that I can see your recreation as well. Watch my video below for a little Lego stop motion surprise!
How do you like to eat your apples? Do you live in Germany as well? Tell me in the comment section below!
Until next time & guten Appetit!
Greetings from the Black Forest,
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Traditional German Apple Fritters (Apfelküchlein)
Ingredients you need
- 250 g All-Purpose Flour
- 250 g Milk
- 1 pinch of Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Egg White beaten
- 3 Apples
- 100 g Sugar
- 1-2 tsp Cinnamon Powder optional
- In a suitable bowl, sieve flour. Thereafter, add in your milk, salt, and eggs.
- Mix the ingredients.
- Add beaten egg white into the mixture. To prevent the egg white from breaking, mix the batter gently.
- Peel apples and cut the apples into rings. Remove seeds from the middle of the apple slices to get a donut shape.
- On high heat, heat up some oil in your frying pan. Drop a tiny piece of batter into the oil. If the batter starts cooking, it means that the oil is hot enough. The amount of oil depends on the type of pan you use.
- Lower the heat to medium. Dip the apple slices into the batter and fry them in the pan slowly until both sides turn brown. This will soften the apple slices.
- While the apple fritters are frying, put sugar and cinnamon powder onto a plate and mix them.
- Once your Apfelküchlein are ready, you can transfer them to the sugar-cinnamon mixture and coat them. Alternatively, you can transfer the fritters onto a piece of kitchen roll, to remove any excess oil. Thereafter, coat the apple fritters with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
- Serve these delicious apple fritters with some vanilla sauce or eat them on their own.