September 13, 2021

Apple Pear Fritters with Honey Glaze + Video

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
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Crispy, fluffy, and sweet Apple Pear Fritters with a Honey Glaze - a quick and easy recipe that comes together in about 30 minutes! Warm spices and juicy apples and pears are topped with a cinnamon honey glaze to make this recipe absolutely delicious!

Are you a major fan or apples and pears too? Try this Cinnamon Pear Apple Crisp! Don't stop there, also check out these Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls with Browned Butter Frosting!

Apple Pear Fritters with Honey Glaze in a Loaf Pan surrounded by apples and a pear

your new favorite recipe 🙂

Let's talk about why this is about to be your new favorite recipe. I had to gush about these Apple Pear Fritters because they're full of apple and pear chunks, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg - but they're also SO easy to make. It's one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket when you want to impress a bunch of folks with something that looks complicated but secretly, isn't.

Don't you just love recipes like that?! Effortless, delicious, and so much fun to make!

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what ingredients do I need to make apple pear fritters?

  • Fuji or Honeycrisp Apples: fuji apples are my favorite because they're the sweetest apples and are easily accessible. They provide a nice crunch and cook down well. However, honeycrisp apples are just as good!
  • Bartlett Pears: these pears are super juicy and perfect for this recipe. Be sure that you use them when they are on the firmer side so that it won't compromise the integrity of the fritter by making them too watery. They also provide exceptional flavor!
  • Buttermilk: to make these fritters super fluffy on the inside. Buttermilk reacts with baking powder to produce a light texture in the fritter.
  • Vanilla Extract, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger: to give these apple pear fritters that sweet, warm and bold flavor that we all love!
  • Eggs, Butter, Flour: to provide the structure of the fritter and hold all of this delicious together!
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are apple fritters donuts?

No, not exactly. But I could see how one could easily call this a donut. While they are very closely related, donuts are classically noted as a round fried piece of sweetened dough.

Fritters and donuts can be both batter based, however, fritters, like these apple pear fritters, are technically deep-fried (or in this case - pan-fried) cakes.

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tips for making apple pear fritters!

  • One thing that helped me substantially is using a candy thermometer to gauge the temperature of the oil when frying these apple pear fritters. Controlling the oil temperature makes for a more consistent fritter. Do you need a candy thermometer? Absolutely not! But it really does help.
  • Don't worry about chopping the apples and pears perfectly! So long as they're chopped into small cubes, they don't need to be uniform. I personally think that this gives the apple pear fritters a really unique and homemade look when they're different sizes!
  • Use an ice cream scooper when scooping the batter into the frying pan. It helps to ensure that all fritters are the same size. It also makes for an easier clean up too!

did you know?

California is the second largest exporter of apples in the US! In fact, the Golden State ranks 5th in the highest producers of apples. California also produces about 150,000 tons of pears per year. If that doesn't blow your mind, I don't know what will! Even though California is the largest producer of food in the USA, these stats always "wow" me!

I wrote this recipe for apple pear fritters with both fresh apples and pears, which can be found from July-September, with an option to use canned pears from California which you can find anytime! If you're wondering how to tell where your pears or apples were grown - or any other canned or jarred food - check out this shopping guide.

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Apple Pear Fritters with Honey Glaze

Crispy, deep fried, and perfectly spiced apple pear fritters with a buttery honey glaze. Easy to make, fun to eat, and oh so delicious!
Serving: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Calories: 375kcal

Ingredients

Apple Pear Fritters

  • 2 Fuji Apples
  • 2 Bartlett Pears
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Lemon, Zest
  • 4 tbsps Salted Butter, melted
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • Neutral oil (such as canola or grapeseed oil)

Honey Glaze

  • ½ cup Honey
  • 4 tbsps Butter, melted
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsps Milk
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon

Directions

  • Chop apples and pears into cubes and set aside. (if using canned pears, see notes section) In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, vanilla extract, eggs, brown sugar, lemon zest, and melted butter. Whisk together until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. Mix together and add to the wet ingredients. Also add in the chopped apples and pears. Fold together until dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • In a skillet, add about 2 inches of neutral oil and heat on medium low to medium. Once oil is hot (preferably reaching 350-360 degrees F if using a candy thermometer), spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Once cooked, remove from oil and set aside on a cooling rack or a paper towel to allow oil to drain.
  • Make the honey glaze: add honey, butter, powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Whisk together until a glaze forms and remove from heat (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Brush apple pear fritters with honey glaze on a cooling rack.

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Notes

  • If using canned pears, use 3 15 oz cans of sliced pears. Be sure to drain the syrup!
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 375kcal
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American

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    1. 5 stars
      Oh my gosh these are delicious. They have an amazing crunchy-on-the-outside-pillowy-on-the-inside texture that all melts in your mouth. Amazing!

    2. 5 stars
      This was my first time making apple fritters and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be! Thanks for the video and detailed instructions! I will definitely be making these again!

    3. 5 stars
      Made these last night enjoy on the first day of fall and everyone has a new favorite breakfast indulgence! Thank you for the video--it was very helpful.

    4. 5 stars
      I’d never had a sweet fritter before now and I must say I’m really impressed. The texture was perfect and they tasted great!

    5. 5 stars
      It was great to be able to find a recipe to make fritters at home! They've always been my favorite thing to order at donut shops. The recipe was so easy, and I loved that pear was added in addition to the apples!

    6. 5 stars
      These were so crispy, buttery, and packed with apple flavor. I really liked that they weren't as sticky-sweet as the ones at the donut shop. I could seriously eat the whole batch.

    7. 5 stars
      Absolutely delicious! Loved your tip to use a candy thermometer as this led to perfectly cooked apple fritters; crispy outer texture and beautifully fluffy center. Definitely a keeper!

    8. 5 stars
      I love anything which includes apples, to say these fritters were a game changer is an understatement. The sweetest of the honey glaze with apple and pear was perfect for a mid- day snack!