Apfelkrapfen - Apple Fritter Recipe

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  • Total: 33 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
255 Calories
8g Fat
38g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
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 - 3 cups of oil in a large saucepan. (Learn about deep fat frying here) Heat the oil to 350°F (190°C). Heat 3 - 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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