Apfelkrapfen - Apple Fritter

Laurel L. Russwurm / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 33 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
255 Calories
8g Fat
38g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 8g
Calcium 153mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Apfelkrapfen is often considered a Bavarian delicacy, but they're not reserved for special occasions. They're commonly made at home.

Slice the apples in the round, cover them with a batter and deep fat fry them for some instant comfort food. This batter has egg whites providing the airiness, but yeast dough and puff pastry versions are also known.


  • 2 to 3 baking apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 1/2 cup flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or vanilla sugar)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Oil or fat (for frying)
  • Cinnamon sugar (optional for serving)
  • Vanilla sauce (optional for serving)

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel and core the apples. Slice 1/4 inch thick or a little thinner. Brush with lemon juice.

  2. Whip the egg whites until stiff.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, flour, milk, sugar, and salt until a thick batter forms. Add more milk or flour as necessary.

  4. Stir 1/3 of the stiff egg whites into the batter to loosen. Carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites for a light, fluffy, but not runny, batter.

  5. Heat 2 to 3 cups of oil in a large saucepan. Heat the oil to 350 F (190 C). Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil in a large pan to 350 F.
    Check the temperature with a frying thermometer or test it by throwing in a 1-inch cube of bread. If it browns (but doesn't burn) in 60 seconds, your oil is about 365 F. Alternatively, get out your deep fat fryer and follow the directions.

  6. Drain the apple rings as necessary and coat them with some flour, then dip them in the batter with a fork.

  7. Place them carefully in the hot oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn them over and fry for 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

  8. Drain on paper towels.

  9. You may wish to keep them warm in a warm oven until they are all baked. Served soon after by sprinkling with sugar and cinnamon or vanilla sauce or both.

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