Apple fritters with Masala-spiced sugar

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Apple Fritters with spiced sugar

I think I should write an ode to the fritter. Although, it would probably be rather short because before I’d even start writing, my keyboard will be covered in drool. I don’t know what it is about fritters that I love so much but I just can’t get enough. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my gran used to make her famous pumpkin fritters a lot when I was younger. She would make a giant tray full and bring them out after we had Sunday lunch (we never ate them with the meal like other families). I remember picking up a sticky, syrup-soaked fritter and that first bite. Just heavenly. Sweet with a touch of savoury with the faintest hint of pumpkin flavour. Just thinking of it now has my mouth watering.


Apple Fritters with spiced sugar


So when I saw a version of these apple fritters on a cooking show a while ago, I knew I had to make my own version. I was so intrigued by the idea of using masala in the coating. I am an absolute curry addict and the idea of using this fragrant spice in a dessert is jut genius. Especially as it adds quite a savoury note to these otherwise-sweet fritters. I used Granny Smith apples in this version as I really love their tartness (I’ve made them with other varieties as well and they are equally delicious) and grated them to make them easier to fold into the batter. I think apple puree would be too watery and thin the batter out too much plus I really love the texture of the apple in the fluffy fritter.

Apple Fritters with spiced sugar

These were an absolute hit with my family and even the kids gobbled them up (despite the spice). No go forth and make appley, spicy fritters of deliciousness (and come back to tell me what you thought)!!

Apple fritters with Masala-spiced sugar

Course Dessert, Doughnut, Fritter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 apples peeled and grated
  • oil for frying

for the spiced sugar

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons masala I used garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Heat enough oil to deep-fry the fritters in a saucepan/pot.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Whisk the liquid into the dry ingredients then fold in the grated apples.
  • Fry spoonfuls of the mixture in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Drain on kitchen paper.
  • Combine the ingredients for the spiced sugar then coat the fritters in the sugar.
  • Serve immediately.


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  • Alida Ryder

    Barney, I never actually take the temperature of the oil. If you drop in a bit of the batter, it should turn golden brown within around a minute. If it turns brown sooner than that the fritters will burn and still be raw in the centre.

  • Barney

    what temp should the oil be? (yes i’m new at frying)

  • Pang

    I LOVE everything fried, esp. the sweet one!!!! How could anyone resist this? I hardly fry anything because the cleaning up part is just too much, but this recipe looks like it’s worth a try. LOVE IT 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      I agree, the clean-up is a mission but these really are worth it! If you like, you could fry these in a pan like pancakes as well and just sprinkle the sugar on top. 😉

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