I love apples, especially this time of the year. (Although I’m never going to name a child after them. That honor has already been promised to my true love, “Chocolate.”)
For that reason, I basically flipped when I saw a whole section in Health Magazine dedicated to “Amazing Apples.” The most delicious-sounding recipe among ’em was for baked apple fritters.
The recipe was really quite easy and the ingredient list was really simple. Yet, I decided to do it one better by veganizing and simplifying the directions… and with great results.
Baked Apple Fritters
(Adapted from Health Magazine.)
- 2 t active dry yeast
- 1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
- 2 1/3 C whole-wheat pastry flour, divided
- 1/4 C sugar
- 2 T honey
- 2 T buttery spread, melted
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 T milled flax-seed + 3 T water (alternatively, one egg)
- 2 T buttery spread
- 1 large apple, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 t apple pie spice
- 1 T cornstarch
- To make dough: Heat milk for ~30 seconds in a microwave. Pour into a large bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy. In the meantime, combine milled flax-seed and water in a small bowl. Let that stand for at least 3 minutes.
- Add 1 1/3 C flour, sugar, honey, melted buttery spread, salt and flax mixture to the yeast mixture. Stir until smooth. Add in an additional 1 C flour. Stir until a soft dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (~10 minutes) or transfer to an electric mixer with a dough hook and mix 10 minutes on medium speed.
- Spray the sides of the mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place dough ball back in the bowl and turn it around a few times to cover with the cooking spray. Cover and let the dough rise for ~1 1/2 hours in a warm place (ideally 85 degrees). To see if dough has risen enough, press two fingers into the dough. If the indentation remains, dough is good to go.
- To make filling: Place chopped apples in a microwaveable-safe bowl. Toss with apple pie spice. Add in buttery spread. Cover the bowl and cook for 3-4 minutes, until apples are tender. Stir in cornstarch and set mixture aside to cool completely.
- To assemble: Divide dough into 12 equal portions. On a floured surface, roll each section into 1 3-inch circle. Divide filling among the rounds. Gather dough around the filling and pinch at the seam to seal. Place each fritter, seam side down, in a cup of a greased or non-stick muffin pan. Cover the muffin pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 40 more minutes.
- Uncover dough and bake in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow fritters to cool for 2 minutes in the pan, then remove each fritter and allow to cool on a wire rack.
So good! I may love apples a little bit more after this recipe… But I still draw the line at naming one of my children after them.
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