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Newly cooked German Apple Fritters, served with vanilla sauce.
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German Apple Fritters Recipe (Apfelküchle)

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 snacks or dessert --- kids and adults would be asking for more!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: German
Servings: 5
Calories: 277kcal
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 butter, unsalted, melted
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • cinnamon powder & more sugar (optional)


For the Vanila Sauce:

  • Combine egg yolks, ¼ cup of milk and corn starch in a bowl. Mix.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the milk, sugar, and vanilla over medium heat.  Mix and bring to a boil.  
  • Take the sauce off the heat and slowly add the egg yolk mixture while stirring constantly.
  • Place the saucepan back on the heat and bring to a boil. The sauce will thicken at this point. 
  • Take off the heat and set it aside for serving.

For the Apple Fritters:

  • In a medium to a large bowl, combine egg yolk, wine, sugar, and salt.  Beat until it gets foamy.  
  • Add flour, then mix.
  • Add melted butter and mix.  Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, core, peel, and slice the apples into rounds (about ¼ inch thick).  Squeeze some lemon juice on the sliced apples to avoid discoloration.
  • Beat the egg white until stiff.  Fold the beaten egg white into the batter.
  • Using a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.  
  • Once the oil is ready, adjust the heat into medium.  
  • Dip a slice of the apple into the batter and start frying.
  • Once the fritters are slightly brown on both sides, remove them from the pan and place them on top of a paper towel (to absorb excess oil).
  • Serve these fried apples with vanilla sauce or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.



  • To save time, you can prepare the vanilla sauce while frying the apple fritters simultaneously.
  • Feel free to use your favorite type of apple for this apple fritters recipe.
  • If you don't want to use wine, beer can be an alternative, but not baking powder.
  • Make sure you do not cut the apples too thick (or too thin). No more than ¼ of an inch is alright.  As a reference, I generally get eight-round slices from a medium-sized apple.
  • There is no need to deep-fry the fritters. Use just enough oil to submerge the apple fritters slightly.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg