Appelflappen (Dutch Apple Fries)
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
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Today I am posting my recipe for Appelflappen, which is an American (as far as I can tell) version of the Dutch Appelflappen.
There is a little bit of confusion online about what these are actually called. In real life, I have only seen them as appelflappen, which are thinly sliced rings batter dipped and fried, and some people call them apple fries lately. However, the Dutch version is supposed to be made in puff pastry, folded over and fried. But I did read of person from Holland say that the version they grew up with agrees with mine. I wouldn’t really know as I have never been over there to see, and have only had them here at Harvest food festivals and that’s what I know about it, except that some people seem to think these are apple beignets, although that seems French. And these are not like the Amish apple fritters, as those are different using chopped apples and much bigger, and probably iced most times instead of sugar sprinkled like a funnel cake.
Up in Waynesville for the Sauerkraut festival, in Lebanon at the Apple Fest (I think they changed the name of that festival a couple of years ago) and also up at A World A’Fair in Dayton, this is how they come, batter dipped, heavily sprinkled with sugar.
And these shouldn’t be confused with Dutch babies or the German/Dutch apple pancake, as those are more popover related than beignets or turnovers. But I do have several of those type recipes around if you need them:
If you think any of those are what you are looking for instead, give them a peek and see if they appeal. These are more for breakfast while the appelflappen are generally a dessert. I might post the apple fritters next year for Apple Week, but for now, this is what we have. And oh my, these are delicious!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
- 2 Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced
- powdered sugar (as needed)
- cooking oil (as needed)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon sugar, and apple cider to form a batter.
- Heat oil in a skillet a couple inches deep.
- When oil is hot, dip apple slices into batter and fry until golden and crisp, a couple of minutes; then drain on paper toweling.
- Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar.
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