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Brioche Apple Fritters

Brioche Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters represent everything wonderful about the change of season. Every fall we wait with bated breath for the apple varieties to show up in the markets, or better yet, we head off to the orchard to pick them ourselves. There are very few activities that are more romantic or satisfying than picking fruit and then creating something delicious with them. These fritters are the perfect way to show off your favorite apples. If you have a bucket of brioche dough on the ready, you can have these in just minutes.

I started with our Brioche Dough from Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day. See recipe below.

Brioche Apple Fritters

I made the dough with Platinum Yeast from Red Star. Making the dough with Platinum yeast, which has dough enhancers, give extra insurance the fritters will be light even when you pack the dough densely with chopped fruit. You can watch me make the dough and fritters in Red Star Yeast’s Instagram story highlights.

Brioche Apple Fritters
Brioche Apple Fritters

Brioche Apple Fritters

Brioche Apple Fritters
These fritters are the perfect way to show off your favorite apples. If you have a bucket of brioche dough on the ready, you can have these in just minutes.



Brioche Dough

  • Makes about 4 1/2 pounds (2041g) of dough
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon Platinum Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (170g) honey
  • 1 1/2 cups (340g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 7 cups (990g) unbleached all-purpose flour (see note)

Apple Fritters

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brioche dough (recipe above)
  • 1 large apple (cored and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • Oil for frying – the oil should be deep enough so the fritters can float. The oil should never be more than 3 inches from the rim of the pot.
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting the top


  • Mix the dough: Mix yeast, salt, eggs, honey and melted butter with water in a 6-quart round food-storage container with lid (not airtight).
  • Mix in flour without kneading, using a spoon, a Danish Dough Whisk or a heavy-duty stand mixer (with paddle). The dough will be loose but will firm up when chilled.
  • Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises for approximately 2 hours. Then refrigerate for at least four hours before first use, it is easier to handle when thoroughly chilled. This dough can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Make the fritters: Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and cut off a 1½-pound (680g, small cantaloupe–size) piece. Roll the dough out to a 12×8-inch rectangle. Spread the apples over the dough and roll into a log. Coil the dough into a disk and knead the apples into the dough.
  • Pinch off 1-ounce (28g) pieces of dough. (No need to roll them; they should be a bit shaggy.)
  • Heat the frying oil in a deep saucepan to 360°F to 370°F, as determined by a candy thermometer .
  • Drop the pieces of dough in the hot oil three or four at a time so that they have plenty of room to rise to the surface. Be careful not to overcrowd them or they will not rise nicely.
  • After 1 minute, gently flip the fritters over with a slotted spoon or Skimmer and fry for another minute or so until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove the fritters from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain the extra oil.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough until all the fritters are fried.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve slightly warm.


Artisan Bread in Five recipes use the scoop and sweep method for measuring flour.
Recipe by Artisan Bread in Five.

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Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François met in their children’s music class in 2003 and have written bread cookbooks with more than 715,000 copies in print. Jeff, a doctor by training, is a self-taught baker who grew up eating great bread and pizza in New York City, and longed to recreate it himself. Zoë is a pastry chef and baker trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Her work appears in blogs all over the United States, and her dessert menus grace fine restaurants in the authors’ hometown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jeff and Zoë were among the very first cookbook authors to support their readers with personal responses on their website,, beginning in 2007, where they blog about their super-fast yeast breads.

Review & Comments

Christine Soto | Reply

Making these fritters will not use up all the brioche dough. How long can i hold onto that before i use it for another recipe?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Christine – The dough can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Sheri | Reply

5 stars
These look fabulous!

Ellen Flanagan | Reply

My coworkers love apple fritters. I will try this soon! Thank you!

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