Fresh apples, coated in a batter, lightly fried, and then showered with cinnamon sugar, these Apfel Ringe are the perfect quick and easy fall dessert.
Which apples should I use?
Really any apples will work in this recipe. However, I do recommend picking an apple that is more likely to hold its shape such as a granny smith or honey crisp!
Do the apples have to sit with cinnamon sugar first?
Allowing the apple slices to rest and sit with the cinnamon sugar, not only adds flavor but it also softens the apples slightly. This is important because they are not fried for a long time and therefore won’t cook much while being fried.
Can these fried apple rings be made in advance?
Because they are fried, these are best eaten immediately after frying. Thankfully they don’t take long to make and can therefore be made as a quick snack or dessert after dinner. You can however, do the apple preparation in advance (up to an hour before) and place them in the fridge.
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Tips for making Apfel Ringe
- Cut the apple slices 1/2″ thick. This helps to make sure they soften but still maintain their shape.
- When frying, be sure that the oil stays around 350 F. Don’t crowd the pan because it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop. I tend to add in no more than 4 at a time.
- After frying, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar immediately – that way the sugar will stick to the apple rings.
- This recipe is easily scaled. If you only want to use 2 apples, cut the recipe in half. If you want to make 8 apples, double the recipe.
- Apples: As mentioned in the FAQs above, any apples will work but apples that hold their shape while baking are best. Here is an article that goes into more detail about various apples: The 6 best apples for baking
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds warmth and flavor to these apple rings.
- Sugar: The apples first sit in granulated sugar to help release some of the moisture and are then sprinkled with more sugar after frying.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds flavor and enhances the apples.
- All Purpose Flour: Any all purpose flour will work for these apfel ringe! I have not yet tried any other flours with this recipe.
- Eggs: I use standard large eggs from the store. This recipe uses two eggs in the batter.
- Milk: Any milk or non-dairy milk will work for this recipe.
- Butter & Oil: Butter and neutral oil are used in conjunction to fry these apple rings because the oil has a low smoke point but the butter adds delicious flavor.
How to make Apfel Ringe
- Line a baking sheet or large plate with paper towels and set aside.
Prepare the Apples
- Peel all of the apples. Then cut them crosswise into 1/2″ slices.
- Use a round cutter or a knife to cut the core out of each slice of apple.
- Stir the sugar and cinnamon together in a medium bowl to make the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- In a large dish or bowl, add combine the apple slices, vanilla extract, and half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Toss together and cover. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Make the batter
- After the apples have been sitting for 20 minutes, add the oil and butter into a large deep pan (the sides should be at least 2″ tall). Heat over medium high heat. The oil should be around 3/4″ deep (or slightly less).
- While the oil heats up, make the batter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and eggs together. Add in the flour and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
Fry the Apples
- Once the oil is hot, individually dunk each apple slice into the batter. Be sure to allow any extra liquid drip off of the apple slices before dunking into the batter.
- Place no more than four batter coated apple slices into the pan at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Once finished, place the fried apple rings onto a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Apel Ringe | Fried Apple Rings
- 4 apples large
- 200 grams granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon ground
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 175 ml milk
- 135 grams ap flour
- 500 ml neutral oil
- 114 grams butter
- Line a baking sheet or large plate with paper towel and set aside.
Prepare the Apples
- Peel all the apples.
- Slice the apples crosswise into 1/2" slices. You should get 4-5 slices from each apple.
- Cut out the core of each slice.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl to make the cinnamon sugar.
- In a baking dish or large bowl, combine and toss the apple slices, 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar, and the vanilla extract.
- Cover the dish and set aside for 30 minutes.
Make the Batter
- After 20 minutes, combine the oil and butter in a large deep pan. The sides should be at least 2" tall.
- Heat over medium high heat until it reaches 350 F.
- While the oil heats, whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium bowl.
- Then stir in the flour and whisk until smooth.
Fry the Apple Rings
- Once the oil is hot and the apples have sat for 30 minutes. Dunk the apple rings into the batter one at a time and gently place them in the hot oil.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan as it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop. I usually fry 4 at a time.
- Then use tongs to remove the fried rings and place on the paper towel lined baking sheet or large plate.
- Immediately sprinkle them with the remaining cinnamon sugar.