Looking back at the photos and writing about Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market made me want to do one thing. Hold on, make that two things. To go back to Philly and eat more of the food at the market, but more realistically, recreate those incredible Amish apple fritters that had me swooning.
Nobbly doughnut-like fritters flecked with apple and finished with an apple cider glaze. They’d win no awards for good looks but in terms of flavour and texture, they get a gold star from me. You get a slight crunch as you sink your teeth into them, then it gives way to a moist, sweet and soft centre that sends jolts of pleasure to all the right places. Yes, that was me having a Meg Ryan moment in the middle of Reading Terminal Market.
There are many variations of these apple fritters online, but many of them are like your regular slice of apple dunked in batter and fried. Not that there’s anything wrong with those. I needed to see a recipe that produced what I had in Pennsylvania; and I found something pretty close.
These are meant to be eaten the same day they’re made as the following day they firm up and lose that beautifully soft texture they have when freshly glazed. Not that you’d have left-overs, anyway.
recipe adapted from here