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Apple Fritters?

RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 06:34 AM

Has anyone found good apple fritters in the greater Boston area? These are cousins of doughnuts but lumpy, heavy, with real identifiable pieces of apple mixed in and covered in
a heavy sugary glaze. A good apple fritter is very heavy, very unhealthy, and wonderful.

I've come across things called apple fritters in this area, but they are extremely lame--kind of like cinnamon buns with a little bit of tasteless apple sprinkled about.

In California, you can easily find them. Here...not so easily.

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  1. Joanie RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 06:39 AM

    Thread from a couple days ago:


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      autopi RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 07:09 AM

      i wonder if verna's would have them?

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        RollingDoughnuts RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 08:31 AM

        What about other old-school bakery/coffeshops? Would Mike's Pasteries be a place to look?

        1. Bob Dobalina RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 09:42 AM

          How do your versions of apple fritters compare to the ones at Starbuck's? Normally I do not eat their bread products, but their apple fritter is $1.50 so on the quality/quantity/price ratio, it fills a need - it's giant, filling and relatively cheap (to go with my grande soy latte at $3.60 - what a rip but until a non-franchise coffee place opens in Boston, what choice do I have?)

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            Blumie RE: Bob Dobalina Feb 23, 2007 02:03 PM

            Now that Starbucks has begun installing ovens in many of their locations, a lot of the food can be dramatically improved by having it heated before eating it. Their apple fritter is a prime example. I had a heated one last week and it was amazing.

          2. E Eto RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 10:10 AM

            Never seen an apple fritter (at least of the kind we're thinking of) in Boston, let alone the east coast.


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              maillard RE: E Eto Feb 23, 2007 01:48 PM

              Seriously? I've definitely had them in Massachusetts (most recently from Atkins farm in Amherst), but I can't think of any place to get a really good one around here.

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                E Eto RE: maillard Feb 23, 2007 03:10 PM

                Seriously. Did they look anything like this?

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                  othervoice RE: E Eto Feb 23, 2007 04:09 PM

                  this photo is similiar to the California fritter. I have had them here on the east coast and as soon as I can remember where, I'll add it to the list.

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                    Chris VR RE: othervoice Feb 23, 2007 04:53 PM

                    I had one of those at Olin's in Belmont, a few years ago.

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                      othervoice RE: othervoice Feb 27, 2007 05:33 AM

                      I think it was Stop and Shop......It would have been in Westborough.

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                      maillard RE: E Eto Feb 24, 2007 03:36 AM

                      Yup, almost exactly like that. I have to say, the one I got from Atkins was not very good. The apple bits were all on the outside and were hard and dried. It was a bit weird. But I'm sure that I've had really good apple fritters in this area, I just wish I could remember where!

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                        Bob Dobalina RE: E Eto Feb 25, 2007 11:13 AM

                        Starbuck's one looks like that - and others I've seen at bakeries in the area.

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                        cancergrrrl RE: maillard Feb 23, 2007 04:45 PM

                        Yes, you're right, the apple orchards sometimes have them -- Bolton Orchards' are pretty good, but kinda on the small side...

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                        Blumie RE: E Eto Feb 23, 2007 02:04 PM

                        I grew up in Boston and always remember finding them in Boston.

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                        ShakeNBake RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 23, 2007 01:48 PM

                        The Black Dog in Martha's Vineyard has amazing apple fritters. I'm not familiar with California apple fritters, so I'm not willing to say that if you take a long drive and ferry to The Black Dog you'd be happy, but IMO their fritters are really good. So, if you happen to be on the island... ; )

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                          RollingDoughnuts RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 07:17 AM

                          Do some bakeries call these bear claws? Or is that a different animal altogether?

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                            Blumie RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 07:22 AM

                            Completely different.

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                              MrsCheese RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 08:46 AM

                              Definitely different, but now I have a craving for bear claws.

                            2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 03:15 PM

                              The fact that the closest thing I've ever found to a decent apple fritter in Boston was in the doughnut case in the bakery department at a Stop and Shop is proof that they're next to impossible to locate around here. Too bad, because now that you mention it, I'd love a good apple fritter right about now.

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                                Blumie RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 27, 2007 08:54 AM

                                I grew up eating them in the Boston area, but to be honest I don't recall where I got them.

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                                fayth RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 26, 2007 04:08 PM

                                A friend mentioned that she bought one at Honey Dew
                                Donuts. Looked on their website (www.honeydewdonuts.com) and didn't see listed. Check site for store locations and maybe give a call for confirmation.

                                1. othervoice RE: RollingDoughnuts Feb 28, 2007 03:22 AM

                                  I just went into a Hannaford's market and low and behold, yes, there was the Apple Fritter. It was your basic fritter with similarities to the west coast version. They've reduced the size considerably, still crunchy, sweet sugar glazed and filled with gooey apples. To be honest the size was actually more manageable. I once ate two of the west coast versions and thought I would burst.....ah, the recklessness of youth.

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                                    tamerlanenj RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 1, 2007 07:06 AM

                                    The starbucks by me on newbury st. always has decent looking Apple Fritters. I wonder where they get them from....

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                                      Blumie RE: tamerlanenj Mar 1, 2007 12:17 PM

                                      Does that Starbucks have one of the new ovens? If so, ask them to warm one up for you.

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                                      amr011 RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 1, 2007 09:45 AM

                                      Olin's Bakery in Belmont (Cushing Sq) has really good, unhealthy, homemade fritters and doughnuts

                                      1. applehome RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 1, 2007 12:22 PM

                                        Any Winchell's donuts in NE?

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                                          Cambridge7 RE: applehome Mar 5, 2007 02:31 PM

                                          I wish Winchell's would open up outside of the West...I was blown away by some donuts I had in Los Angeles. But either they're not franchising, or they can't break the Dunkin' mafia stronghold in Boston. OK, just joking...Krispy Kreme proved that there's no Dunkin' monopoly.

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                                            threedogs RE: Cambridge7 Mar 17, 2007 06:36 PM

                                            Krispy Kreme proved that Bostonians aren't total foodie idiots!

                                        2. applehome RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 3, 2007 11:08 AM

                                          Here's the ones from Hannaford. They taste pretty good - decent texture and nice amount of cooked apples - not overly sweet despite the glaze. They're not as lofty as I remember the ones from Winchell's and other places - but that memory is ancient history, I'm afraid... I was stationed on the left coast in the late '70's.

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                                            larry loves food RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 5, 2007 11:41 AM

                                            I found the perfect apple fritter this weekend at Butler's Colonial Donut House,located at 461 Sanford Road in Westport MA (508-672-4600). The place is better known for their whip cream donuts and long johns (amazing-heavenly) but the apple fritter was just fabulous with a great cakey texture and lots of apple pieces and taste. I was glad to see the reference to Winchell's Donuts in a post or two above as I have been looking for an apple fritter to match the remembered taste of one I got warm at a Winchell's back in St. Louis about 30 years ago. This one, even though not warm, filled the bill.

                                            The place is tiny, the people are nice and even though the drive is about an hour and a half from Boston, we'll be back. Butler's is a Phantom Hidden Jewel and deserves it.

                                            1. Chris VR RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 15, 2007 01:51 PM

                                              Kane's in Saugus does have apple fritters for sure. Saw them last weekend but didn't think to get one (sorry!)

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                                                cheflexi RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 17, 2007 08:05 AM

                                                Are you up for making them cuz I have a great recipe for them. We make them at least once every three weeks...and they are interchangable with other fruits...pineapple is good too!!!

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                                                  LauraBear RE: cheflexi Mar 17, 2007 11:52 AM

                                                  Is it within the rules to share the recipe - I'd love to try making them.

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                                                    The Chowhound Team RE: LauraBear Mar 17, 2007 11:59 AM

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                                                2. Jpan99 RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 17, 2007 11:02 AM

                                                  Somebody already mentioned Ohlins in Belmont and they do have them, they have raisins in them, and they are good! If you're there try the donuts, they are great too. The other pastries are nothing special.

                                                  1. threedogs RE: RollingDoughnuts Mar 17, 2007 07:03 PM

                                                    Wonder if Coffee Time Bake Shop on Bridge St. in Salem has them. Their stuff is unbelievable, at least when I visited.

                                                    1. californiagirl RE: RollingDoughnuts Apr 15, 2007 05:37 PM

                                                      Hey, I'm new and grew up in California and know the Apple Fritters you want. I worked for many bakeries in the L.A. area. Don't know if you are still looking for it but here's a recipe for Fritters from a popular donut shop in S. CA , maybe you can take it to a bakery and see if they will try it.

                                                      Use leftover, over worked dough for fritters. 2/3 dough 1/3 pie filling.

                                                      WINCHELL'S DONUTS
                                                      2 pkg. yeast
                                                      1 tbsp. sugar
                                                      1 c. lukewarm water
                                                      1 c. milk (warm)
                                                      3 eggs, beaten (room temperature)
                                                      6 tbsp. oil (or a little more 7-8 tbsp.)
                                                      1/2 c. sugar
                                                      1 tsp. salt
                                                      6 1/2-7 c. flour
                                                      1 c. potato flakes

                                                      Combine yeast, sugar and water. Mix together milk, oil, sugar, salt and 2 cups flour.
                                                      In separate bowl add warm water to potato flakes until soupy. Add eggs and soupy potatoes to mixture. Add enough remaining flour as needed. Let rise. Roll out 3/8 inch thick. Cut into donut shape. Fry in oil at 325 degrees until golden on each side.

                                                      enjoy, californiagirl

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