Cooking with Cider: Apple Cider Fritters

What’s better than sipping on fresh and fruity Jack’s Hard Cider during the dog days of summer? Pairing that crisp, delicious cider with some sweet apple cider fritters for a delightful dessert. If you really want to indulge, add our recipe for an apple cider ice cream float into the mix, too. Enjoy!

Jack’s Hard Apple Cider Fritters

Serves 12

jacks frittersIngredients
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans Jack’s Hard Cider, divided
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 apple, small diced
  • 4 cups canola oil for frying
Method
  1. In a small pot over medium heat, bring one can cider to a simmer and reduce by three-quarters for about 20 minutes until a thick syrup forms. Allow the syrup to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, remaining teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Add remaining sugar and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until a dough starts to form. Slowly add the remaining can hard cider, whisking to incorporate. The batter should be thick and smooth.
  6. Using a spatula, fold the apple into the batter.
  7. Heat a large Dutch oven or cast iron pan and add canola oil. Heat oil to 350°F. Working in batches, using a small ice cream scoop, spoon portions of batter into oil. Fry until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. If fritters are too dark, reduce heat.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove fritters from the oil, draining on paper towels.
  9. While fritters are still hot, dip them into the cider syrup and toss in cinnamon sugar.

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Learn more about Jack’s Hard Cider and explore our cider lineup here.

Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.

Recipe courtesy of Ally Zeitz, Drexel University Food Lab. Photography by Alexandra Whitney Photography.

Ronna Dewey