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Baked Whiskey-Soaked Apple Fritters with Maple Whiskey Glaze

These delicious fritters are baked, not fried and studded with whiskey-soaked apples, all topped with a luscious maple whiskey glaze.
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Refrigerator Time9 hrs 30 mins
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 181kcal

Ingredients

Whiskey-Soaked Apples

  • 1 Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple depends how tart you like your apples, diced
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 5 tablespoons whiskey

Doughnut Dough

  • adapted from the Pioneer Woman
  • 1 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • One package Instant or Active-Dry Yeast
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 ¼ stick unsalted butter melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Shortening

Maple Whiskey Glaze

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

To make the Whiskey-Soaked Apples:

  • Place diced apples in a bowl. Add lemon juice and whiskey, stir to combine. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.

To make the fritters:

  • Warm up cream in the microwave until it is “bathtub warm.” You want it to be warm enough to activate the yeast but not too hot to kill it.
  • Add sugar to the cream and stir until dissolved.
  • Pour yeast into a small bowl.
  • Pour milk/sugar mixture over yeast, stir gently, then let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Combine flour and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  • Melt butter in separate bowl until mostly melted. Stir to finish melting (you don’t want the butter too hot or it will cook the eggs.)
  • Add beaten eggs to melted butter, stirring constantly to avoid the eggs being cooked.
  • Add the egg/butter mixture to a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
  • With the mixer on medium-low speed (about a level 3), pour in the yeast mixture. Allow the dough hook to stir this for a couple of minutes to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
  • With the mixer still going, add helpings of the flour mixture in ¼ to ½ cup increments until all of the flour is gone. You may need to stop the mixer as you go and scrape down the sides of the bowl with the spatula to make sure all of the flour gets incorporated.
  • Once all of the flour is added, let the mixer go at the same speed for 5 more minutes.
  • After five minutes, stop the mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl.
  • Turn on the mixer for 30 more seconds, then turn it off and let the dough sit in the bowl, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, transfer the dough to a bowl coated with shortening. Toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  • The next morning, remove the dough from the refrigerator and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to a 1/2 –inch thickness. Sprinkle the whiskey-soaked apples on top and press them into the dough so they stick.
  • Fold dough in half (with apples inside) and then roll it out again. Right now we are basically incorporating the apples into the dough. Once the dough is thin enough, fold it over one more time (now into fourths) and roll out again to about a ½ - ¾ inch thickness. Fold up any loose edges so that we save as many apples as possible in the dough.
  • Using a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or culinary ring, cut dough into desired serving sizes (I used a 2 ½ inch culinary ring to make circles.) Place on a cookie sheet line with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • Cover cookie sheet(s) with a dish towel and let rise in a location in your kitchen that is free from drafts for at least one hour. You can always create your own rising location by placing the cookie sheets on your griddle on low heat for a couple of minutes before you place the fritters on them.
  • Once fritters have completed their second rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once oven is preheated, add the fritters and cook for 15 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on cookie sheets.

To make the Maple Whiskey Glaze:

  • Place a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Place the maple syrup, whiskey and butter in the saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in almond milk and vanilla extract, then powdered sugar.
  • Pour over fritters immediately. (I used a scant tablespoon per fritter, but if you make a double batch of the glaze feel free to be more generous!)
  • Let glaze sit for a few minutes and harden a bit before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg