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Apple Fritters (VRP 400)

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Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are a delightful treat that combines apples’ sweet, tender flavors with a crispy, golden batter. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, these cakes are easy to make and irresistibly delicious, especially when served warm and dusted with sugar.

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Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H and has a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below, which is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time, we do not know anything about the history of the box.

We do show that this box came to us with another box, but at this time, we are not sure if the same person owned them or if the eBay seller grouped them.

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The image I found on Flickr is an original ad for the recipe box.

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Food History

Fritters have been a popular food item in many cultures for centuries, with early versions dating back to the Roman times. Apple fritters are a classic type of fritter in American cuisine, often found in bakeries and at fairs. They blend the universal appeal of fried dough with the sweet, acidic bite of apples.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe starts by sifting flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder, creating a dry mixture to add milk and eggs. Once beaten into a smooth batter, grated apples are folded in, providing moisture and flavor. The batter is then carefully dropped by teaspoons into hot fat and fried until browned and puffy. The fritters are finished by rolling them in powdered sugar or a mix of sugar and cinnamon, adding a sweet and slightly spiced exterior that complements the fruitiness of the apples.

Serving Suggestions

Apple Fritters are best served fresh and warm. They can be enjoyed independently or with powdered sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, or even a drizzle of caramel sauce for extra indulgence. Pair them with a cup of coffee or cold milk for a satisfying treat.

Preparation Tips

  • Apple Choice: For grating, use a firmer apple variety, like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. They hold up better in the frying process and provide a nice texture contrast.
  • Frying Temperature: Maintaining the oil at the right temperature (375 degrees Fahrenheit) is crucial for cooking the fritters evenly and preventing them from absorbing too much oil.
  • Draining: After frying, let the fritters drain on a rack or paper towels to remove excess oil before rolling them in sugar. This helps keep them crispy.

Apple Fritters Recipe

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups grated apples
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Sift flour, sugars, salt, baking powder
  2. Add milk and eggs
  3. Beat smooth and add grated apples
  4. Drop by teaspoons into hot (375 degrees) fat
  5. Leave in for 4 minutes or until brown
  6. Drain and roll in powdered sugar or sugar and cinnamon

Whether you’re making a batch for a cozy morning treat or a sweet snack to share, Apple Fritters are a delightful choice to bring smiles. Their crispy exterior and soft, apple-filled interior make them a perennial favorite.

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