Beignets aux Pommes (Apple Doughnuts)

These apple doughnuts are easy to make and one of the first recipes a French mom learns to make for her kids for goûter.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 2 hours 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1⁄2-inch rounds
  • 3 Tbsp. rum
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 lemon peel, minced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sunflower oil


  • Put the apples in a medium bowl, and add rum, sugar, and the minced lemon peel. Cover with a cloth and marinate for 1 hour.
  • In a large bowl, pour the flour, milk, and salt, and stir well with a wooden spoon. Cover and leave at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Strain the apples. Pour the oil in a saucepan and bring to 350°F. Soak the apples one after another in the batter, then put them in the frying oil. Once a side is golden, flip it to the other side. Use a slotted spoon to take them out when golden on each side, about 2 minutes.