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Crisp Peach Fritters

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These crisp and light Peach Fritters are what summer dreams are made of. Fluffy and sweet on the inside, yet airy on the outside, like a donut or funnel cake. Top these amazing fritters with a peachy, sugar glaze for the ultimate treat.

crisp, funnel cake-like texture

peach fritters are the best

If you ask me, peach desserts, like these fritters, are synonymous with summer, but you don’t have to wait until then to whip up these sweet, funnel cake-like peach treats.

Fritters are the best because…

  • you can make them in large batches
  • add fruit to suit the season or taste preferences
  • they’re perfect for breakfast or dessert!
ingredients for peach fritters, including flour, canola oil, canned peaches, vanilla, eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and butter
flavorful ingredients for amazing peach fritters

ingredients

This scrumptious peach recipe yielded about 10 fritters for me, however the number of fritters you get will depend on the size of the fritter you desire.

  • Flour – all purpose
  • Sugar 
  • Baking powder 
  • Salt 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Buttermilk – gives a little added richness, but you can use all milk instead
  • Milk – you can use a little extra if your dough is too thick (weather can affect this)
  • Butter- real not margarine
  • Eggs
  • Peaches
  • Canola oil 
  • Powdered sugar 
  • Peach juice 
  • Vanilla 
collage of images and steps for making peach fritters, including mixing batter, heating oil, and mixing the icing
easy to make peach fritters

instructions

Equipment needed: dutch oven or deep fryer, wire rack for cooling

  1. In a large dutch oven or deep fryer, heat 4 to 6 cups of oil to 350° (typically 5-7 minutes).
  2. When the oil is hot, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Do this while the oil is still hot.
  3. Stir in the buttermilk, milk, melted butter, and eggs until they’re all mixed together, but don’t over mix them. Fold the peaches in.
  4. Use a thermometer to check the oil’s temperature, or drop a small spoonful of the dough into the oil to see if it is hot enough.
    Take care when you drop half a scoop of batter into the hot oil, because you don’t want to burn yourself.
  5. It will be ready when the dough has risen. Let it get brown, then flip it over to finish cooking.
    Remove the fritter from the pan and put it on a rack or a paper towel-lined plate, then serve. Make sure the fritter is cooked all the way through before you open it. If the dough is too thick, it won’t cook well in the middle.
  6. Remove when golden brown and cool on a metal rack.
  7. There are still a few more fritters left, so finish cooking them 2 or 3 at a time, making sure not to crowd the pan.
  8. It is time to mix everything together and whisk to make the icing smooth. Drizzle over fritters. Serve freshly made.
sweet glaze being poured on top of peach fritters on a platter
reserve a bit of peach juice for the glaze

expert tips

Both the fritters and the sweet peach glaze, as I described before, are critical components of this recipe’s success. This recipe for Peach Fritters comes together in record time thanks to a few basic ingredients.

Fritter dough

It’s best if the fritter dough is thin

Adding a little extra milk thins down the dough if it’s too thick. A dough that’s too thick  will result in a crust that is crispy on the exterior but raw on the inside.

large pot of oil bubbling with fritters inside next to a drying rack and a metal spatula for scooping fritters from oil
use a metal spatula to gently scoop out the fritters

Oil temperature

To tell if your oil is hot enough, the batter should bubble up and rise to the top in a few seconds. It’s OK if the dough gets too dark and starts to burn quickly, so turn the heat down a little. If the dough doesn’t move much, it isn’t hot enough.

Use a thermometer and keep the oil between 350° and 375°F to get the most out of the oil.
Add the fritters too late and you’ll overheat the outside without having time for the center to cook.

If you do not wait until the oil is hot enough before putting the dough in, it will just soak up the grease.

peach fritter with drizzle all over
these peaches are silky smooth

Adjustments

Canned or fresh peaches work well for this recipe. Just be sure to squeeze all of the peach juice out of the peaches before making the simple glaze part of the recipe.

If you want a little extra peach flavor, add more teaspoons of peach juice to your confectioners’ sugar and vanilla mixture, and you’ll have a glaze that’s easy to make.

More juice can be added at any time until you achieve the desired consistency of the glaze for your taste.

light fritters with peaches inside covered in icing
frosted to perfection

Glazes

Another alternative to using a glaze is to use a sugary coating, like a donut.

When they have cooled, sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. It’s only 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and it tastes delicious. You may also enjoy plain or with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

close up image of a peach fritter with sweet glaze
customize your glaze toppings

FAQ

How to test the oil without a thermometer

When a small piece of dough is thrown into hot oil, it should sizzle and rise to the surface quickly.

Leftovers

These are best eaten immediately, but you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you have any leftovers (unlikely as it is that you will), simply reheat them in the oven the next day (approximately 8 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit).

Freezing fritters

Don’t be scared to make a few extra fritters to freeze. Simply thaw overnight in fridge, then bake until crisp.

platter of peach fritters next to a pink linen and tall glasses of milk
fritters are great for summer breakfasts

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PEACH FRITTERS

Serve as a part of breakfast with milk or coffee.

Alternatively, you may serve these fritters for dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

peach fritter cut open with icing drizzled down the side

Peach Fritters

Crisp Peach Fritters recipe for a scrumptious summer breakfast or dessert. Top with our sweet icing recipe for the ultimate treat!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 768kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

  • dutch oven or deep fryer

Ingredients

Glaze

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven or deep fryer heat 4 to 6 cups of oil to 350°.
  • While the oil is hot, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl.  
  • Stir in the buttermilk, milk, melted butter and eggs, just until combined.
  • Fold in the peaches.
  • Use a thermometer to check the oil, or drop a small spoon of the dough into the hot oil.  If the batter bubbles and comes to the top within a few seconds, the oil is the right temperature.  If the dough gets too dark and starts to burn quickly, turn it down a little.  If the dough stays at the bottom with little bubbling, it is not hot enough.
  • When the oil is ready, drop half a dipper full of batter carefully into the hot oil. 
  • When the dough has risen, let it brown, then flip it over to finish cooking.  
  • Remove the fritter from the pan and place on a rack or paper towel lined plate.  Carefully open the fritter to check if it has cooked all the way through.  If the dough is too thick, it won’t cook in the middle very well.  
  • Finish cooking the remaining fritters 2 to 3 at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Combine the ingredients for the icing and whisk till smooth.  Drizzle over the fritters.

Notes

If the dough is too thick, it won’t cook in the middle very well. Thin out with a bit of milk.
Best served right away. Leftovers best refrigerated and eaten same day after air frying or baking.
 
Working with hot oil demands extra caution. Pour the batter into the oil as close to the oil as possible, and do not pour from a height above the pan that could cause splattering and result in burning.

Nutrition

Calories: 768kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 41g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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