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Vintage Recipe – Apple Fritters

Finished Apple Ring Fritters

Finished Apple Ring Fritters

There was an excess apple crop in the Pacific Northwest this year, so the grocery store had a lot of variety of apples to choose from.  And they were selling them at excellent prices.  I took advantage of the good deals and new varieties we tried to some new things with apples.

The following recipe for Apple Fritter Rings tastes the best freshly cooked, if you want the crispiest coating on it.  I found that the apples took on a bit of a different flavor when left in the refrigerator overnight.  I actually liked the flavor better the next day, even though the outside lost it’s crisp texture overnight.



1 cup sifted flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking POWDER

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

4 large apples

shortening for frying

sugar and cinnamon


Sift dry ingredients.  Add milk and egg.  Beat well.  Peel and core apples and slice in rings about 1/4 inch thick.  Dip rings in batter and drop into the skillet containing 1/2 inch hot melted shortening.  Fry until golden brown on both sides.  Drain on paper towel.  Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over fritters.

Makes 16 to 20

This recipe comes from the electronic copy of an antique book I have  called Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.  When it was formatted for Kindle, they failed to include the

Apple slices sizzling in the cast iron skillet.

Apple slices sizzling in the cast iron skillet.

copyright date, so I’m not sure exactly how old this book is and have not yet been able to track down one in a different format to check the date.  Based on the way the book was written – words used, measurements of ingredients, and type of ingredients, I figure that this book was written in the early 20th century – perhaps between 1900 and 1920.  But no matter when the book was written, each recipe that I’ve tried from it has been great, and these Apple Ring Fritters made a nice dessert.  They would also be good for breakfast.

Spring is Sproutin’

Close up of sprouting veggies and herbs
Mini greenhouse photo

The mini greenhouse. Who can resist buying one when it’s on sale AND encourages you to have fun playing with dirt?

Winter was weird.  Again.  The pond has gotten a little water back into it, but winter didn’t bring us nearly enough rain to fill the pond back up or help with the drought situation.  The frequent high winter winds did drop the wind chills and make it miserable to be outside, even if it wasn’t wet enough for a more normal Texas winter though.

Now that March is here, it is nice to start seeing a bit more sun and experience some mild Spring days.  Even if it isn’t officially spring yet.  (I won’t hold my breath that the mild pleasant temps will stay.  I am fully expecting it to be 90+ degrees starting in a few weeks.  As usual. :/ )  Even though the weather here isn’t always pleasing, it IS pleasing to see signs of spring sproutin’ in our new mini greenhouse!

For $20 on sale, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to buy this little mini greenhouse to see what it can do.  Hopefully it will be good not only for sprouting seeds, but to grow some things next winter.  Fresh winter tomatoes grown in a big pot sounds good.

There is something exciting about seeing the little sprouts popping their heads up to say hello.  We still have a few more things to plant (ok, more than a few cuz I tend to be a planting nut once I get started), but this is a pretty good start, considering we haven’t grown anything for several years. (Those evil grasshoppers just kept plotting against us and thwarted previous gardening efforts at this house.)  But, now that we have chickens that LOVE to eat grasshoppers, we figured it was time to  get back on the garden wagon.

Look but don’t taste the plants grasshoppers!  (Although I hope our chickens will taste a LOT of you hoppers!)  Cheers for Spring Sprouts!



Close up of sprouting veggies and herbs

Sprouting veggies and herbs!

Photo of more veggie/herb sprouts

More sprouting veggies and herbs!