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In my little family of four, there are few foods that we all love. One of them we can all agree on: apples.
I love fall for so many reasons, but the abundance of fresh Pacific Northwest apples is one of them. There are so many different varieties, and so many different ways to use them! So when I was invited to take on the KitchenAid Apple Challenge, I was super excited. First, just to create my own twist on an apple classic. Second, because one winner will win a whole suite of the brand new KitchenAid black stainless steel appliances, AND a private cooking lesson with one of my family’s favorite television chefs, Geoffrey Zakarian!
Dairy Free Apple Fritters with Spiced Caramel Apple Sauce
My son was the inspiration for creating this recipe. He absolutely adores apple fritters. He would eat one every day if I let him (and no, I don’t, in case you are wondering). We normally pick some up at our local donut shop, but the KitchenAid Apple Challenge inspired me to try to make these dairy-free apple fritters for my son. They were a hit, and I am so excited to share the recipe here with you!
How to Make Apple Fritters with Spiced Caramel Apple Sauce
Start by chopping fresh green apples into small cubes. I prefer to use Granny Smith green apples.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then the wet ingredients in a stand mixer, then fold in the chopped apples last.
You could use a deep fryer, but since I don’t have one (yet… Christmas gift to self?), I fry the fritters in a large pot of vegetable oil.
Flip the first side over after 2-4 minutes so that both sides get a nice golden brown crunch on the outside.
Remove from the pan and place onto a pile of paper towels.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over both sides of each apple fritter while they’re still hot.
O.M.G. These are so good. Crispy crunchy on the outside and fall apple spice on the inside.
But we’re not done yet. Now, you get to make the Spiced Caramel Apple Sauce. Because: more apple and fall spices!
If you’ve never made caramel before, it may take a try or two to get right. I don’t think it’s necessarily difficult, but it does take a watchful eye. You can’t set it, and then go answer emails for a few minutes, if you know what I’m sayin’. It just takes a watchful eye to make sure it doesn’t burn, because it can go from done to well-done in the blink of an eye sometimes.
Apple Fritter Recipe
SUBSTITUTION NOTE: if you don’t need to make this dairy free or don’t want to, you can easily use regular milk instead of almond milk and regular butter or vegan butter in the fritter recipe, heavy cream instead of the almond milk in the caramel sauce.
Hope you enjoy this recipe for dairy free apple fritters with spiced caramel dipping sauce as much as we did!
KitchenAid Apple Challenge
Food Network and Food.com invites passionate connectors to show how to take simple to extraordinary! Users will enter the “apple” recipe cooking challenge where users will submit a photo and description of their best dish incorporating the use of an apple.
Submissions can be uploaded through Twitter or Instagram with #KitchenAidContest or at foodnetwork.com/applechallenge/etc.
Food Network Kitchens will select the top 4 recipe submissions and the 4 finalist will win a trip for 2 to NYC to push their limits in a live cook-off to cook their dish to be judged by FN chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
1 winner will receive the grand prize of a suite of KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances and a private cooking lesson with Geoffrey Zakarian.
Contest Dates: 8/17 – 9/14
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This post is sponsored by KitchenAid, a brand that I have loved and trusted in my own kitchen for the past two decades. All opinions, photos, recipes are my own.