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Shared by Lorenza Pintar and Yael Stucchi

Italian Apple Fritters

Yield: about 16 frittersTime: 30 min

Italian Apple Fritters

Yield: about 16 frittersTime: 30 min

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MilanNew HavenMilan
Malindi, Kenya and BrooklynParma, Italy

This recipe was shared by Lorenza Pintar and Yael Stucchi. Read more about their family in "Milanese Jewish Recipes that Survived Generations of Secrecy" and try their recipes for tzimmes (carrots with raisins), frittole dolci (Italian cinnamon and raisin doughnuts), and latkes topped with stracchino (creamy Italian cheese).

Plus, find more Hanukkah recipes in our holiday collection.


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk or water
  • 4 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced crosswise into ½ inch pieces
  • Peanut or sunflower oil for deep-frying 
  • 4 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and sliced into ½-inch rings

For the cinnamon sugar:

  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
QuickDessertsDairyVegetarianWestern Europe


  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, and salt to blend. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly, until you have a smooth batter; don't worry about a few little lumps.

  • Step 2

    Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set it near the stove. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot or a deep-fryer; the pot should be tall enough that the oil won't overflow when you add the apples.

  • Step 3

    When the oil reaches 350°F, dip an apple ring in the batter until well coated and carefully slide it into the oil; repeat with 2 more slices. Fry the apple rings, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to the paper towel-lined sheet and continue frying the remaining apples, a few at a time. Scoop out any little bits of batter from the oil so they don't burn.

  • Step 4

    Stir the confectioners' sugar and cinnamon together in a small cup and generously dust the fried apples with the sugar and spice. Serve immediately.