Tonight our friend Jason, who has just moved back to Birmingham, came for dinner to celebrate his 40th birthday. We had hamburgers, Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings, and yummy Apple Fritters. I first posted the fritter recipe last fall and decided to post it again because it is super-simple and delicious! (Don't be afraid of the frying!) Two changes to the original: I omitted the sugar (the apples were sweet enough) and added some cinnamon and vanilla to the batter. To make them birthday-worthy, I served the fritters with vanilla ice cream and drizzled them with Caramel Sauce. Enjoy!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Juice of 1 lemon
3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
1. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture. Stir apples into batter.
2. Heat vegetable oil in Dutch oven. Carefully drop batter into hot oil using a medium-size scoop. Cook until golden brown and done. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle hot apple fritters with powdered sugar.