Old-fashioned Apple Fritter Recipe

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, January 13, 1913:  Nothing much for today.


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Something must have happened a hundred years ago today. I wonder what the Muffly’s ate on that mid-January day.

The dishes they ate probably were made with local ingredients that were available in January.  I’ve been enjoying trying old fritter recipes,  and have warm, fuzzy, memories of eating apple fritters on cold winter days.

Old-fashioned Apple Fritters

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

2 medium apples chopped

approximately 1/3 cup shortening or lard

powdered sugar

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, egg, and milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in apples.

Heat shortening until hot in large frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot shortening.  Flip fritters and fry until golden brown on all sides. The fritters may need to be flipped several times to completely cook due to the thickness of the batter.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Makes  12-16 fritters.

16 Responses

  1. They really sound good. Now I have to have a snack before bed :-).

  2. They look delicious.

  3. I’ve never had apple fritters before. They look scrumptious! Will have to try this recipe – thanks for sharing :)

  4. oh man, yum. I’m trying to be really good after Christmas. Since I have absolutely no willpower, I will have to refrain….urg. Why can’t we eat like we did in our 20’s?

  5. Those look SO good!

  6. those sound so good–I suppose they need to be cooked in shortening but I never use it

  7. Thanks for sharing: I was looking for an old-fashioned one of those.

  8. Gosh, that recipe looks so good.I’ll save it for a special morning breakfast!

  9. It has been years since I had apple fritters…now you got me hungry for them. Will try your recipe! Blessings – Patty

  10. Yum! So many great foods we are starting to forget!

  11. I love apple fritters but have never made them. Maybe I will try this recipe.

  12. LOVE apple fritters – will try your recipe soon!

  13. Yum!!! I have some pineapple pieces I’ll make into fritters tomorrow using this recipe… thanks Sheryl :-)

  14. This sounds SO good!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. This was my Grandmother’s recipe for Apple Fritters (Seraphine Hermida b.1898 Tenafly, New Jersey, d. San Diego,California 1989). I love the additin of the lemon. This recipe has been adored by so many children and adults alike
    2 cups of flour,
    2 or 3 tsp. baking powder,
    4 c. sugar,
    pinch of salt,
    1 egg,
    1c. or more milk,
    1 tbl lemon juice
    apples cut in small pieces .

    Annie Weickgenant (Del Mar, CA 4-6-15)

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