I see lots of delicious-looking things as I spend time cruising the Internet, searching, and researching. But rarely if ever, do I come across something so compelling, appealing, and downright decadent that it stops me in my tracks and sends me flying to the kitchen to give it a try. I mean really, could there be anything more perfect than an Apple Fritter Waffle Donut?
Admittedly, I may be late to the party on this one, but if you have never heard of such a thing—you’re in for the treat of a lifetime.
Yes, I made Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts. In fact, I’ve made this recipe four times in the past 30 days. I call it research. You know, honing my pastry skills. My family calls them delicious and please make some more!
Before we get going here, if you have hopes of this being low-cal, gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, dairy-free, Whole30 (did I miss anything?), let me dash those hope right upfront. This is none of that.
This is not health food. AFWDs are a special treat, a secret addition to your next camping trip; Christmas morning breakfast indulgence. A lovely item alongside the best semi-homemade Cinnamon Rolls of all time, anytime!
Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts
(Complete printable recipe below)
- all-purpose flour
- white granulated sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- vanilla extract
- powdered sugar
General steps to make AFWDs
1. Make the waffle batter, and use it to make waffles according to your waffle maker manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on your waffle maker, you should come out with about 8 individual waffles.
2. Move waffles to a cooling rack, about 20 minutes.
4. Cut waffles in half, diagonally to make about 16 AFWDs.
5. Once cool, deep fry AFWDs until golden brown.
6. Drain on paper.
7. Dip the hot AFWDs into the glaze.
There you go … decadent, warm Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts — Wonuts!
Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts
- Waffle maker
- Deep fryer, skillet or wok
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tspn baking powder
- 1/2 tspn baking soda
- 1 tspn salt
- 2 tspn cinnamon
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped apple peels removed, chopped finely
- oil for frying
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 4 tspn vanilla extract
- Preheat waffle maker,
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt
- In a separate medium-size bowl, combine buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with a fork until well-incorporated.
- Stir wet ingredients into the dry. Mix until fully incorporated.
- Fold in chopped apple until evenly distributed.
- Use batter to make waffles, according to manufacturer instructions.
- Move waffles to a cooling rack. Once cool, use a knife to cut diagonally or the shape you desire.
- Heat your oil of choice in a deep fryer, deep skillet or wok to 350 F.
- Fry two sections, or the number you can easily fit into the oil vessel of choice, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 mins on each side.
- Remove to paper towels to drain and then to cooling rack.
- Whisk together the Glaze ingredients and pour into a shallow dish, like a pie pan or the like.
- Dip "donuts" into the glaze so that all sides are coated. Move back to cooling rack to drip and set up.
- Wait, if you can, about 20 minutes before serving.
- I use two small apples to equal 2 cups chopped. Your mileage may vary.
- I use canola oil for frying, however, vegetable, corn, or peanut oil would also work well.
- The deep-frying process goes super fast—it takes about 1 min. on each side, so keep your eye on things!
- This is my deep-fryer. It's small, inexpensive and mighty! I recommend it highly for occasional deep-frying, which is the frequency with which I use it.
- Many thanks to Janica of CookingWithJanica.com for teaching me how to make AFWDs❣️.