Apple Fritters (Frittelle di Mele)

Apples are a very popular fruit grown in Trentino Alto Adige, near where I grew up in the North of Italy, bordering Austria and Switzerland. With many varieties of regional apples flourishing, Apple Fritters are a very typical and traditional dish of this area.  In South Tyrol, these pancakes are served as an accompaniment to pork and savory dishes and are loved by both children and adults.  Apple Fritters are delicious either hot or cold and are made quite easily with a few every day ingredients: flour, milk, eggs, sugar and apples.

Apple Fritters
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Ingredients for Apple Fritters
  • 4 apples
  • 250 gms (1¾ c.) flour
  • 50 gms (1/4 c.) sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 200 ml (¾ c.) milk
  • Canola, corn or vegetable oil for frying (enough for 7 cm.(3 in.) in pan)
  • Confectionary or powdered sugar for dusting.
  1. Peel and core apples and cut into slices.
  2. Coring Apples for Fritters
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt and egg yolk.
  4. Add milk slowly and mix until smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the egg white until stiff. Add it to the batter. Mix until combined.
  6. Dip the apple slices in the batter.
  7. Dip the apples in the batter
  8. Carefully add them to the hot oil (190°C/370°F).
  9. Fry in hot oil until golden brown
  10. Turn them over when golden brown.
  11. Drain well and sprinkle with confectionary sugar.


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    • Cristina



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  2. Bethany


    Don’t know renette apples or see them around…what would be a more common substitute that would work best? Granny Smith?

  3. Reply

    wow Frittelle with Mele, such a good dessert! but in this period I would like to suggest Lattughe with a glass of sweet vine!

  4. Monica


    They look delicious!!!! I love apple fritters but never found a receipt… This is simple and I will try myself … maybe this weekend with my children, for their carnival party!

  5. Monica



    What a treat! Thanks for this simple recipe Christina. I can’t wait to try them. The look crunchy and sugary outside and their soft fruit filling must be absolutely delicious!

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