Recipe courtesy of
Episode: Haunted Carnival
Total:
1 hr 35 min
Active:
1 hr 15 min
Yield:
20 fritters
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Sweet Spiced Yeast Dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon active dry or instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour 
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or lard 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
Apple Filling:
  • 2 green apples, diced into small cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon bread flour 
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup bread flour, for dusting
  • 1/3 cup speculoos cookie spread 

Directions

Special equipment: an electric mixer fitted with a paddle and dough hook attachment, a deep fryer or Dutch oven, a 3-inch cookie cutter, 20 lollipop sticks and a pastry bag

For the sweet spiced yeast dough: Combine the water, yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a small bowl and set aside until foamy. Add the activated yeast mixture and 1/4 cup of the flour in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for about 1 minute. Switch to the dough hook attachment and add in another 1/4 cup of flour. Once incorporated, add the shortening in small amounts followed by the egg, vanilla and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Continue mixing the dough on low and add in the salt, baking powder, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and the remaining 1 cup flour. Mix the dough on low speed for about 2 minutes, then on the second-lowest speed for 4 minutes.

For the apple filling: Combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, bread flour, dried ginger, fresh ginger and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the apples appear somewhat translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add in the lemon juice, then refrigerate until cold.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Roll the dough out to a 1/8-inch thickness. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to cut 20 circles out of the dough. Dollop a tablespoon of the apple filling in the center of each. Cup the circle to enclose the filling and pinch off excess dough. The result should be a small ball of dough with the filling sealed inside. Fry the fritters in the hot oil in 4 batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes, then remove from the oil and toss in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Warm up the speculoos in a small saucepan and transfer to a pastry bag. Place each fritter on a lollipop stick and drizzle the warm speculoos over the top.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Apple Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Apple Fritter Tart

Sunny's Apple Fritters with Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

Mirliton Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Shrimp Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Corn Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Dixie Crossroads Restaurant

Corn Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Tanya Holland

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Holy & Hungry

7:30am | 6:30c

Holy & Hungry

8:30am | 7:30c

Emeril's Florida

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

11am | 10c

Unwrapped 2.0

11:30am | 10:30c

Unwrapped

12pm | 11c

Unwrapped

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unwrapped

1pm | 12c

Unwrapped

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

Cheap Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here