Sweet Apple Fritters Are Easy Breakfast—or Anytime—Treats

Italian “Frittelle di Mele” make delicious use of farm-fresh ingredients

Photo: Food Seen

“I think of these sweet treats as Italian doughnuts,” writes Susan Gravely in her new cookbook, Italy on a Plate, which chronicles her connections to both Italy and the American South through food and hospitality. “They can be served as dessert, and they’re equally good with your morning espresso.”

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  • Sweet Apple Fritters (Serves 6 to 8 )

    • 1 egg

    • 1 tbsp. sugar

    • ½ cup milk

    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, sifted

    • 1 tsp. cornstarch

    • 2 tsp. baking powder

    • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, halved

    • 3 large Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled

    • 2 cups peanut or vegetable oil

    • Powdered sugar, for sprinkling

    • Whipped cream or custard, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg with 1 tbsp. sugar. Add the milk, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and the zest of half a lemon. Stir to fully combine and set the batter aside to rest for 1 hour.

  2. Slice the apples horizontally, leaving a hole in the center of each slice. Set slices aside and sprinkle with a few drops of lemon juice.

  3. Heat the oil to 350° in a large skillet.

  4. Using tongs, dip the apple slices into the batter, and fry them until golden, between 1 and 2 minutes on each side. Remove them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool. 

  5. Arrange the apple fritters on a serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. You may also garnish with whipped cream or your favorite custard.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Italy on a Plate by Susan Gravely (Vietri Publishing, 2023).