Apple Fritters


egg yolks
1⁄2 cup
2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter, melted
1 cup
flour, all-purpose
1 tablespoon
1⁄4 teaspoon
1 cup
vegetable oil
egg whites
macintosh apples, or similarly juicy variety such as ida red, cored
3 tablespoons
sugar, for garnish (optional)
1⁄4 cup
maple syrup, for garnish (optional)


In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine the egg yolks, milk, brandy, and melted butter. Sift in the flour, sugar, and salt. Combine well using a whisk, and chill for at least 1 hour.

Heat oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry, using a whisk. Fold egg whites into the batter using a rubber spatula.

Slice apples into 1/4-inch-thick slices; discard the first and last slice of each apple. Dip the apple slices into the batter to coat. Remove with a fork, and gently place in the heated oil. Cook in small batches until deep golden in color, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of sugar or a drizzling of maple syrup.