Soft homemade donut dough folded with apples and spices and fried in a cast iron skillet for a crispy exterior crust.
1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 Teaspoons)
2 Tablespoons warm water (105–115°F)
1 Cup milk, room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
3 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour plus extra for shaping
Canola or other neutral oil for frying
4-5 Gala apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 lemon, juice only
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
- Combine milk and water in a mixing bowl. Add yeast and let sit for 5 minutes until yeast foams.
- Add all other ingredients, flour last, and mix with a dough hook until dough forms a soft, but not sticky ball. If it’s sticking to the bowl, add more flour. If you don’t have a mixer, you can just use a wooden spoon.
- Dust dough with flour and let rise for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
- Roll out dough on lightly floured surface into a large rectangle (about 12×18 inches).
- Peel, core, and dice apples. Toss with lemon juice. Add butter to a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once melted add apples and sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook for 5-6 minutes until apples are soft. Stir regularly.
- Remove apples from heat and let cool to room temperature.
To make Fritters:
- After you roll out dough, Add half of the filling mixture to the dough on half of it. Fold the other half over. Then add more filling and fold the dough over a second time, creating layers.
- Cut the dough into about 1-inch cubes. It’s okay if apples spill out and make a mess.
- Use your hands to make fritters out of the apples and dough. I recommend smashing together 2-4 sections to make smaller or larger fritters depending on your preference. Press them together tightly but it’s okay if they fall apart a bit.
- Wipe your skillet out well from cooking the apple filling and fill with neutral frying oil. Fill it about 1/2-1 inch full of oil. You don’t need a lot of oil.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Fry fritters in batches for 3-4 minutes per side until they are golden brown. Test one to make sure they are cooked through.
- Remove fritters and let them drain on a rack or on some paper towels. Then drizzle with glaze.
Serve while warm or store in an air tight container for a day or two.