Apple Fritters

All of the Jewish holidays have fabulous culinary traditions, and Hanukkah is no exception. During Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of lights with fried food. How is frying connected to Judaism? I’ll get to that in a minute. First, a few words about this apple fritter recipe, a spectacular Hanukkah dessert. Sweet rings of freshly sliced apple are dipped in a grain-free, nut-free batter made of coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and eggs, then deep fried until golden and crispy.

Fried foods play a large part in the celebration of Hanukkah. The story of this festival is an inspiring one for Jews everywhere, which calls forth our gratitude for our religion and its rich history. According to our tradition, the ancient temple in Jerusalem held the eternal flame which burned oil. The Jews survived an attack by the “superpower” of the day (this was over 2,000 years ago) and the desecration of the temple, due to a successful revolt by the Maccabees. After this battle, a one-day supply of oil remained. Miraculously, this small supply burned for eight days, enough time for more to arrive.

Although people tend to make a big deal out of it because it falls near Christmas, Hanukkah (or Chanukkah, Chanukah) is a festival, not a holy day. Unlike Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover (holy days in Judaism), Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Torah (the Jewish bible). It is briefly mentioned in the Talmud, a collection of Jewish oral law and tradition.

In honor of this miracle of light, we celebrate the festival of Hanukkah by lighting candles for eight nights. We also cook foods in oil (latkes, donuts, sufganiyot, and other fried foods) in observance of Hanukkah.

Apple Fritters

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  1. In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot, and salt
  2. Mix in eggs and maple syrup
  3. Dip apple rings in batter
  4. Heat 2 inches of oil in a frying pan or pot
  5. Fry in small batches, about 2 minutes per side
  6. Transfer to a paper towel lined tray
  7. Serve with ice cream and cinnamon sugar

This grain-free apple fritter recipe is based on recipes by two of my favorite chefs –Claudia Roden and Martha Stewart. As mentioned above, it is traditional at Hanukkah to fry foods in oil. While this may not seem healthy, it is party of our celebration of the miracle of lights.

In my family, the tradition is to fry in olive oil, and that’s what these apple fritters (to me they’re almost an apple latke) are fried in. I haven’t tried frying them in any other oil, so I’m not sure how they would turn out. If you do experiment with the oil in this recipe, or any other ingredients for that matter, please leave a comment below and let us know how your experiment turned out. As always, I don’t know the answer to your substitution questions, the only way to find out is to try, so go for it!

I don’t think deep fried foods are really, truly Paleo, however, if you are looking for something akin to a Paleo Hanukkah dessert, this might be as close as you’ll get! What is your favorite Hanukkah dessert?


44 responses to “Apple Fritters”

  1. wow…i must be losing it! I found out i had already found this recipe in December, and totally forgot!!!!!!!!! Until i scrolled through the comments hahahahaha, oh boy……..

  2. Elana…i think i’m about to cry! In the dutch tradition, we have two fried dough recipes. One is made with a beer batter and raisins in the dough (deep fried) and the second is the apple fritters. Usually made for New Year’s Day or Christmas……..i am so overjoyed to find this, the feelings inside me right now are crazy! I just talked about how much i miss the apple fritters :( Thanks again, for the lovely surprise!! I keep finding more and more on your site ?

  3. OMG, bookmarking this for next year, I wish I’d checked in before the holidays!! Growing up, our Hanukkah desert was always lemon and raspberry sorbet. It was refreshing and soothing after the richness of latkes, sour cream, and leg of lamb.

  4. I skipped the ice cream (because I didn’t have any) & cinnamon sugar. I added cinnamon to the batter & it was delicious! I also fried some of the batter to see if my oil was hot enough & it was also delicious by itself…made me think of paleoish funnel cakes! :)

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  5. Our favorite Hanukah dessert is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Orange. It’s orange flavored dark chocolate in 20 break-a-part segments only available this time of year. And it reminds us of Patricia Polacco’s sweet and true story about a boy who shares freely from his heart, An Orange for Frankie.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I also want to try a recipe from Honeyville Grain (maker of almond flour) for GF, DF apple cider donuts. I’d love to hear your thoughts / version of Kelly from the Nourishing Home’s recipe, found at www dot thenourishinghome dot com forward slash 2014 forward slash 12 forward slash apple-cider-donuts-gf-df forward slash.

    Chag sameach,

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