Portuguese Apple Fritters

Portuguese Apple Fritters
Portuguese Apple Fritters

Editor's Note: If you've only ever purchased apple fritters because you thought they might be too difficult to make, then you need to see this recipe for Portuguese Apple Fritters! The delightful fried treats are loaded with apples and feature the winning combination of cinnamon and sugar, so go ahead and serve these apple fritters at breakfast, brunch, or even as an afternoon snack. If you really want to take these fritters to the next level, then consider making a trip to a local apple orchard or visiting your favorite farmers' market so you can find Golden Delicious apples that are at the peak of freshness. You'll love having this tasty apple recipe right at your fingertips this fall! 

These light, batter-coated rings enclose tender apple, with the aromatic flavors of anise and cinnamon. Good with vanilla ice cream, or plain, with a cup of coffee.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking MethodFrying


Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseDessert

EquipmentDeep Fryer

MealBrunch, Dinner

Taste and TextureFruity, Sweet

Type of DishDessert, Fruit


  • 3 large Golden Delicious apples
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup anise liqueur, such as Anisette or ouzo
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil, for deep–frying
  • Confectioners sugar, for dusting
  • Deep-frying thermometer


  1. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples into rounds about 1/8-inch (4 mm) thick. Toss the apples, ¼ cup of the sugar, the liqueur, and lemon juice in a bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining ½ cup sugar, milk, oil, and eggs together in a bowl. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and stir until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes.

  3. Pour enough oil to come halfway up the sides of a large skillet and heat over high heat to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). In batches, dip the drained apple slices in the batter. Deep-fry about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. 

  4. Serve warm, dusted with confectioners sugar.

More Recipes to Serve for Brunch

While you can never go wrong serving these apple fritters for brunch, consider expanding your menu to include savory dishes, too. If you're looking for some recipes that will inspire you to take your next brunch with friends to the next level, then keep reading. The following recipes are by the authors above and are sure to be delightful additions to your menu. You'll want to get cooking with these recipes!

* Eggs BenedictThe classic egg dish is so easy to make when you use this recipe! It's also a quick and easy way to make any brunch a bit more elegant without much fuss.

* French ToastHere is a recipe that's sure to delight the crowd! You don't have to wait for your next brunch to serve this dish, as it's easy to make even on a hectic weekday morning.

* Waldorf SaladThis savory dish would be a great addition to almost any brunch. You'll love the contrast of apples, celery, and walnuts in this light side dish.


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