Stack of German Apple Fritters, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, and with Vanilla Sauce on the side
German Apple Fritters (Apfelküchle)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Fall is indeed the season for apples, but you can definitely make this yummy treat the whole year-round! German Apple Fritters (Apfelküchle) with vanilla sauce is great for snack or dessert! Kids and adults would be asking for more! (VIDEO ABOVE)
Course: Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: apple recipes, fruit dessert
Servings: 5
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Neriz
For the Vanilla Sauce:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 pc vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp corn starch
For the Apple Fritters:
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 lemon
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • cinnamon powder & more sugar (optional)
For the Vanila Sauce:
  1. Combine egg yolks, ¼ cup of milk and corn starch in a bowl. Whisk to mix.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the milk, sugar and vanilla. Mix and bring to a boil.  

  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and slowly add the egg yolk mixture, while stirring constantly.
  4. Place the saucepan back on the heat and bring to a boil. The sauce will thicken at this point.  
  5. Take the saucepan off the heat and set aside for serving.
For the Apple Fritters:
  1. In a medium to large bowl, combine egg yolk, wine, sugar and salt. Beat until it gets foamy.  

  2. Add flour. Mix.
  3. Add melted butter and mix. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, core, peel and slice the apples into rounds (about 1/4 inch thick). Squeeze some lemon juice on the sliced apples to avoid discoloration.

  5. Beat the egg white until stiff. Fold the beaten egg white into the batter.

  6. Heat up the vegetable oil. Once the oil is ready, turn the heat into medium.  
  7. Dip a slice of the apple into the batter and start frying.
  8. Once the fritters are slightly brown on both sides, remove them from the pan and place on top of a paper towel (to absorb excess oil).
  9. Serve with vanilla sauce and/or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.

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