Krapfen Apples (Apple Fritters)

Lager lends a light texture to these lemony apple fritters made by Martin Blunos - perfect for a sweetly spiced treat
By Martin Blunos
Krapfen Apples (Apple Fritters)
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinches salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, grated zest only
  • 600 g crisp apples
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 90 ml German lager
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the coating

  • 3-4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • clotted cream, to serve


1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and add the sugar and lemon rind.

2. Peel and coarsely grate the apples and add to the flour. Combine the egg yolks with the beer and gradually stir into the flour and apple mixture - beat until everything comes together as a thick batter. If it looks too dry, add a dash more lager.

3. Whisk the egg whites until they resemble soft peaks, and fold into the apple batter with a large metal spoon.

4. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer, and when hot, but not smoking, carefully drop in spoonfuls of batter. Fry, in batches, for about 5 minutes over a moderate heat, turning once.

5. When the fritters are golden, remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper before tossing in cinnamon-flavoured sugar. Serve straight away with clotted cream.

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