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Easy and Delicious Homemade Peach Fritters

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Homemade Peach Fritters have a crispy dough that is deep-fried to golden brown perfection with sweet peaches in the center and topped with a sweet icing drizzled over the top. I have to admit peach recipes are my weakness but these fritters took the cake!

Peach Fritters

Every year I can not wait for the peach season for fresh peaches. I use my favorite Summer fruit for all my go-to peach recipes like peach moonshine, grilled peaches, or even a nice easy peach cobbler.

I decided to put a twist on one of my favorite desserts, apple fritters, to create this recipe. Let me tell you, I was amazed at the flavor and texture. The peaches in the cake center made the finished product juicy and amazing.

Peach Fritter with icing drizzle

What do I need to get started?

  • 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

How To Make Peach Fritters:

  • In a large dutch oven or deep fryer heat 4 to 6 cups of oil to 350°.
Dutch Oven Oil heating up

  • While the oil is hot, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl.  
Mixing peaches cinnamon sugar in bowl
  • Stir in the buttermilk, milk, melted butter and eggs, just until combined.
Stir in buttermilk
  • Fold in the juicy peaches.
Fold peaches in batter
  • Use a thermometer to check the oil, or drop a small spoon of the dough into the hot oil.  When 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. 
batter in hot oil
  • When the dough has risen, let it brown, then flip it over to finish cooking.
flip over fritters
  • 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.
Fritters on a baking tray
  • Combine the ingredients for the icing and whisk till smooth.  Drizzle over the fritters.
  • These are best eaten when fresh.
peach fritters with icing

Tips & Tricks

  • These cook best if the dough is thin.  If the dough is too thick, add a little more milk.  If the dough is too thick, the outside will crisp and the inside will still be raw.
  • Use  a thermometer and keep the oil between 350° and 375° for best results.  
  • If the oil is too hot, the outside will overcook quickly before the inside has time to cook. 
  • Don’t put the dough in the oil until it is hot enough or it will just soak up grease.
  • Oil is ready if a small bit of dough is dropped in and it sizzles and comes back to the surface within a short time.
  • Be extra careful when working with hot oil.  To prevent splattering, pour the batter into the oil when the spoon is near the oil, do not pour from too high above the pan.
  • If you do not like the sugar glaze fritters are also great just with cinnamon sugar on top.
up close peach fritter with icing

Can I use Frozen Peaches?

Yes, you can use frozen peaches but you should thaw them out and pat dry first. You can use fresh peach slices in this recipe or canned peaches.

Can I Air Fry my Fritters?

I personally have not tried to make a fruit fritter in the air fryer. I do not think it would work out because of the consistency.

You can however do zucchini fritters or corn fritters in your air fryer they do not have the cake-like base.

Storage:

  • The best way is to eat immediately, but you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I reheat my fritters in the air fryer?

Yes, place your air fryer on 320 and reheat for 1-2 minutes.

peach fritters
Peach Fritters

Easy and Delicious homemade Peach Fritters

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Homemade Peach Fritters have a crispy dough that is deep-fried to golden brown perfection with sweet peaches in the center and topped with a sweet icing drizzled over the top. I have to admit peach recipes are my weakness but these fritters took the cake!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 cups Canola oil for frying
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounce) peaches, diced and juice reserved

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons reserved peach juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven or deep fryer heat 4 to 6 cups of oil to 350°.
  2. While the oil is hot, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl.  
  3. Stir in the buttermilk, milk, melted butter and eggs, just until combined.
  4. Fold in the peaches.
  5. 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.
  6. When the oil is ready, drop half a dipper full of batter carefully into the hot oil. 
  7. When the dough has risen, let it brown, then flip it over to finish cooking.  
  8. 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.  
  9. Finish cooking the remaining fritters 2 to 3 at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  10. Combine the ingredients for the icing and whisk till smooth.  Drizzle over the fritters.
  11. These are best eaten when fresh.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4896Total Fat: 526gSaturated Fat: 40gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 480gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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