A warm cup of coffee and an apple fritter make a pretty perfect combination for these crisp evenings we’ve been having lately. Luckily this is a very simple recipe for a delicious, comforting dessert that tastes like it is a whole lot more complicated to make than it is.
It only takes a few minutes to have the batter made and ready to be cooked and about as long to have a batch of piping hot apple fritters ready for their dusting of confectioner’s sugar.
As I was peeling my Granny Smith apples to make these, I told Little Buddy the story of my Great Granddaddy Joe peeling apples for us when I was a little girl.
Granddaddy Joe would sit on the front porch of his house with as many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren that were there on that day. We’d all gather around him as close as we could possibly get to make sure we didn’t miss a word he said. He was so very soft spoken and a man of few words, but when he spoke it was definitely important and something we didn’t want to miss.
He’d have a basket beside him of apples he and my Great Grandmother Annie, whom we called Pah-Pah, would have picked recently. Pulling his pocket knife from the pocket of his overalls, he’d begin to ask the question we were all waiting for him to ask.
“So, who thinks I can peel this apple in one long ring?”
“I do! I do!” We’d all shout as loud as we could, knowing he’d not missed this trick in all the times we’d seen him do it before.
We were also waiting to see who Granddaddy would pick to give the perfect, bouncy ring of peeling once he had performed what seemed like magic to our young eyes.
It was almost like the scene from Polar Express when Santa picks the child to receive the first gift of Christmas.
As I finished telling Little Buddy my story, I passed him the nearly complete ring I’d peeled from our Granny Smith apples. I laughed and told him, “I should have watched Granddaddy Joe one more time to make sure I could do it every time, shouldn’t I?”