On March 5th was Mardi Gras in France and this is a very special occasion for us. We have carnivals in the cities and schools where we wear costumes and of course delicious beignets. I already shared with you 2 recipes of beignet before and I’m planning on sharing a brand new one with you today.
You may be wondering why there are so many different types and the reason is that each region has their own. These apple beignets are from Alsace and are also known as Apfelkiechle in Alsatian
Unlike most beignets, these are more in between a pancake and a beignet because they are not crispy on the outside. But it doesn’t make them less delicious! Apfelkiechle are made of apples’slices that are marinated in sugar, cinnamon and of course kirsch.
The batter is close to the crêpe recipe but the beaten egg whites make it more fluffy and a bit thicker. Originally, the batter was made with beer instead of milk, but since I’m not a big beer drinker I used milk which work just as great. These are fairly easy to make, not too sweet and are absolutely delicious!
Let’s start baking!
For the apples:
- 6 apples
- 100 g sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 30 ml kirsch
For the dough:
- 125 g flour
- 1 egg
- 150 ml milk
- 2 eggs whites
- 4 tbsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Oil for frying
1- Peel the apples, remove the center and cut them into round slices. Once you have cut all the slices, add them into a bowl and cover with sugar, cinnamon and kirsch. Mix well and let them rest for 30 min to 1h.
2- In the mean time, add the dough ingredients besides the egg whites in a mixing bowl and mix well until you get a smooth and homogeneous texture.
3- Whip the egg whites with the salt until firm and incorporate them into the dough mixture. Make sure to fold in the egg whites gently in order to keep the batter fluffy and airy.
4- Add about 500 ml (2 cups) of oil in a deep frying pan and heat up on medium heat.
5- Once the oil is hot, deep the apple slices in the batter and place them in the frying pan. Cook about 5 min on each side and place the cooked beignets on paper towel to soak up the excess of oil.
6- Let the beignets cool down and then roll them on a mix of sugar and cinnamon. Then they are ready to serve and eat!
These apple beignets are the perfect treat to eat for Mardi Gras or for any occasion really. Even though Mardi Gras is on March 5th, we eat beignets throughout the whole month in France so there is still time for you to celebrate and enjoy beignets as well!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.
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Your words are full of love in French food! It looks like what the Americans call “apple fritters”. I assume it’s still cold in northern France in March. People usually eat beignets with coffee?
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March is always a weird month in my region so you never know what to expect! Usually we eat beignets during Mardi Gras or Carnival which a celebration where we wear costumes and have parades. We actually don’t eat doughnuts so much the rest of the year.
The photo is making my mouth water so much! I just adore apple beignets!
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Thank you so much Lisa! These are some of favorites as well.