The flavorful batter for these tender Buttermilk-Cinnamon Apple Fritters completes the equation, making them a wonderful recipe for breakfast. These Swiss delicacies from Zurich are also served as a perfect dessert. They’re called Zürcher Öpfelchüechli in their native homeland.

Zurich Apple Fritters

Buttermilk-Cinnamon Apple Fritters
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Swiss
Serves: 4
  • 1/2 Cup cake flour
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk; shaken well
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter; melted
  • 1 large egg; separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • safflower oil; for frying
  • 2 large tart apples, Jonathan or Granny Smith; cored and cut into 1/4" thick sliced rings
  • Confectioners' sugar; for serving
  • warm rum or vanilla syrup; for serving
  1. Whisk together flour, buttermilk, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolk, cinnamon, salt and cayenne in small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated.)
  2. When ready to use, beat egg white until it holds peaks but is not dry. Fold into batter.
  3. Heat 1 inch oil in deep fryer or heavy pot until it reaches 375 degrees. Working with a few apple slices at a time, use tongs to dip slices into batter, shaking off excess. Immediately drop into hot oil and fry until apple is tender and batter is brown and puffed, turning once, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Use slotted spoon to transfer in single layer to paper towel-lined baking sheet; keep warm in 250 degree oven until all are fried. Serve hot with powdered sugar or syrup.
Optional: Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar.

A flavored simple syrup is easily made with a darker sugar, such as demerara or muscovado. Flavorings might include rum, vanilla, brandy, applejack, maple, or others. If adding alcohol-based flavorings, add after the sugar is melted and the syrup is off the heat. It should still be quite hot, allowing the alcohol to burn off.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Each Calories: 215 Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: 25 g Sodium: 151 mg Fiber: 0.39 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 62 mg


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