Cinnamon Apple Rings

I am a self-proclaimed Olympic junkie. This is the only time that I even have a remote interest in watching sports on television. That being said, the events in the Olympics are so much more interesting than watching pro football or something. I have decided that since I always feel bad for the bronze medalists, that we should change from the reward for 3rd place bronze, maybe we change it up and award diamonds or platinum or something to the 3rd place athlete. I missed my calling to serve on the International Olympic Committee, right?

Cinnamon Apple Rings

It came as no surprise to my Hubby that during the course of watching the various events, I had to make sure we had some sort of Olympic-themed snack to munch on. Here’s what we came up with, and I was not disappointed! What’s not to love about something that tastes like apple pie, but is shaped like a donut? These fried cinnamon apple rings are extremely easy to whip together in 15 minutes or less, and they’re made with ingredients that you probably already have in the house. Just add apples. And ice cream maybe. And caramel sauce. Go wild, you’re burning calories watching extremely healthy athletes compete, right?

Cinnamon Apple Olympic Rings

Cinnamon Apple Rings

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 20 apple rings

Cinnamon Apple Rings

Ingredients:

4 large Granny Smith apples

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 large egg, beaten

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

vegetable oil for frying

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg, milk, and vanilla.
  • Slice the apples into 1/4-inch thick slices, and remove the center of each slice with a small biscuit cutter or apple corer.
  • Heat 1/2-inch of oil in a large skillet until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  • Mix the egg/milk/vanilla mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until a smooth batter has formed.
  • Dip each apple ring into the batter, allowing any excess batter to drip off before adding to the oil. Fry apple rings, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden, about 1 minute per side.
  • Remove rings from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate for a moment before dipping apple ring into the cinnamon-sugar topping.
  • Serve warm (with ice cream, if you like), or at room temperature.

Cinnamon Apple Rings

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