Apple fritters / meet waffles / meet doughnuts in this outrageous autumnal mashup.
Have you heard of the waffle doughnut, or wonut? Well, pay attention because this is important: it’s a waffle that’s fried in oil until golden and crispy and then dipped in a sugary glaze. And it is amazing.
Starting off with apple fritter batter— filled with diced tart apples and plenty of cinnamon— takes it way over the top, and makes it a perfect fall splurge.
Are they worth all that extra effort of making waffles and then deep frying them?
And are they worth putting on your stretchy pants for?
Most definitely! I’m not saying you should eat these regularly for breakfast, but they are an indulgence I insist you allow yourself at least once this fall.
baking tip:Tips for deep frying
- Make sure your pot is big enough so that there are at least 3 inches between to surface of the oil and the top of your pot so when it bubbles up, it doesn’t bubble over.
- Always use a thermometer to maintain temperature. If the oil is too hot you’ll burn your food, too cold and your food will take on too much oil as it takes longer to cook.
- Don’t overcrowd your pot or your food may stick together and the oil will drop in temperature. Cook in batches as needed.
- Your food is done when it just barely turns golden brown. It’ll darken a bit as it sits, so if you fry it until deeply golden, it will likely be a little burned by the time it cools.
- Use a slotted spoon, tongs, or spider strainer to remove fried food from oil.
- Set fried food on paper towels to drain off excess oil.
- Serve immediately! Fried foods are best fresh from the fryer.
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup buttermilk (175 ml)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter , melted (55 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped apples , peels removed (225 grams, from about 2-3 apples)
- Vegetable or canola oil , for frying
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (170 grams)
- ¼ cup whole milk (60 ml)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add liquids to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped apples and mix only until incorporated.
- Preheat a waffle iron and cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions. Let cool and cut into segments.
- Pour enough vegetable or canola oil into a heavy bottomed pot so that it's 2 inches deep. Set over medium heat, insert a thermometer, and heat to 360° F.
- Working with the waffles in small batches, fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Use a slotted spoon to remove doughnuts and transfer to a paper towel lined tray to drain.
- To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Dip the hot doughnuts into the glaze and let sit on a wire rack for 20 minutes before serving.