Indulge in the perfect hand-held summer treat with these easy-to-make Peach Fritters! Fried to perfection and dunked in a delectable cinnamon-spiced glaze, you can whip up a batch of these sweet peach treats in just 30-40 minutes.
Why This Recipe Works
- Fresh peach fritters. You get the delightful bled of juicy peaches with every bite-sized peach donut! It’s the perfect summer donut recipe.
- Easy peach fritters recipe. Go from fresh peaches to peach fritters in just 30 minutes! It’s the perfect easy treat to whip up — and our favorites during peach season!
- Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside! Fried to a perfect golden brown, these crispy peach fritters are the perfect thing to sink your teeth into. Then you’re hit with the soft and moist center — and the juicy peach. Can you beat that?! (Answer: no).
- Cinnamon glazed peach fritters. To top it all off, these delicious peach fritters are covered in a sweet, cinnamon glaze.
- Flour: Use regular, all-purpose flour.
- Brown Sugar: If you don’t have brown sugar, granulated sugar will work fine.
- Baking Powder: This will react with the liquid and heat to create a puffy rise in the peach fritters.
- Spices: We use cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for the perfect spiced peach fritter!
- Milk: Using milk helps create a moist texture to the peach fritter recipe.
- Butter: A touch of butter will add the prefect buttery flavor.
- Fresh Peaches: Be sure to wash, peel and chop the peaches before preparing the dough.
- Oil: The oil is used for frying. You’ll need about 6 cups.
- Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar is for the delicious spiced glaze!
- Heat oil. Fill a large pot with 2 1/2-3 inches of oil. Place over medium heat and heat to 350ºF on an instant-read thermometer.
- Combine wet ingredients. While the oil is heating, whisk 2/3 cup milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract to a small bowl.
- Combine dry ingredients. To a large bowl add 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Whisk to combine.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the flour mixture. Whisk to combine.
- Add the peaches. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the peeled and chopped peaches. Don’t over mix.
- Cook the peach fritters. Once the oil is 350ºF, use a 1/4 cup and drop dough into the hot oil, cooking 2-3 peach fritters at a time. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until deep golden brown. Remove using a slotted spoon and let rest on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the rest of the peach fritter batter.
- Make the simple glaze. Combine 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix until combined.
- Glaze the peach fritters. Once the peach fritters have cooled slightly, dip in the glaze and coat on all sides, then set the glazed peach fritters on a wire rack with a tray or parchment paper underneath to catch the dripping. Let the glaze set, then serve. Enjoy!
Choose ripe and sweet peaches to ensure the best flavor in your peach fritters. Look for peaches that are fragrant and go in slightly when gently pressed. Ripe peaches will have more natural sweetness, elevating the taste of the fritters.
For even distribution of peach flavor throughout the fritters, dice the peaches into small, uniform pieces. This will mean you’ll get peach pieces in every bite!
Don’t over mix the batter: To ensure light and fluffy fritters. Overmixing can lead to tough fritters instead of the desired soft and airy texture. Mix the ingredients until just combined. Some lumps are fine, you just don’t want big pockets of dry flour.
When frying the fritters, it’s crucial to maintain a consistent oil temperature of 350ºF to achieve the perfect golden-brown color and crispy texture. Use an instant read thermometer to monitor the oil’s temperature and adjust the heat as needed.
Drain the peach fritters on paper towels: After frying, place the cooked fritters on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. This step prevents them from becoming greasy and ensures a clean and delicious final product.
You can mix-in different fruits if you’d like. Use your favorite fruit! Want apple fritters? Stir in chopped apples. Perhaps you’d like to try a blackberry or blueberry fritter, stir in the fruit and you’re good to go. As always, fresh fruit is better!
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
Store the homemade fritters in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature or in the fridge. They will last for 2-3 days if stored properly, but they definitely taste best when eaten the same day they are made!
Reheat them in the oven or microwave for a few seconds before serving.
While it’s best to enjoy peach fritters fresh, you can freeze them for up to 1-2 months. Once cooled, place the fritters in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven before serving.
Similar to doughnuts, a fritter is a small(ish) bite sized batter or dough that has been fried. These peach fritters are made with a cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spiced batter. Freshly chopped peaches are gently folded into the batter then portioned into hot oil and fried to golden brown perfection!
While I recommend fresh peaches for the best flavor and texture, you can use canned or frozen peaches as a substitute. However, make sure to drain the canned peaches well or thaw and pat dry the frozen peaches before using them in the recipe.
It’s best to make the peach fritter batter just before frying to maintain its freshness and achieve the desired texture. Preparing the batter ahead of time may result in a less fluffy and crispy fritter.
While this recipe calls for frying, you can experiment with baking the fritters for a healthier option. I haven’t personally baked the fritters, so keep that in mind! Preheat the oven to around 375°F and place the fritters on a greased baking sheet. Bake until they are golden and cooked through, turning them halfway through.
Absolutely! You can experiment with other fruits like apples, berries, or even bananas to create different variations of fruit fritters. Adjust the seasoning and glaze accordingly to complement the chosen fruit.
More Peach Recipes
- Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler Recipe
- Peach Milkshake
- Peach Dessert
- Peach Punch
- Fresh Peach Pie
- Banana Peach Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar - packed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch ground nutmeg
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 eggs - lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter - melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups peaches - peeled and chopped (about 1/4" inch size or so)
- 6 cups vegetable oil - for frying (may need more or less depeding on the pot you use to fry the fritters in).
- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch ground cinnamon
- Heat oil in a large pot. Use enough oil that there’s about 2 ½ inches-3 inches in the pot. Oil should be 350°F with an instant read thermometer.
- In a small bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped peaches. Don’t overmix.
- Using a ¼ cup or a large cookie scoop, dollop the batter into the hot oil, cooking 2-3 at a time. Cook the fritters, turning them over so both sides cook, about 2-3 minutes per side for a total of about 4-5 minutes. Fritters should be a deep golden brown.
- Use a slotted spoon to scoop the fritters out of the oil. Transfer the fritters to a paper towel lined plate.
- Let the fritters cool slightly, then dip in the glaze so that they are coated on all sides. Set the glazed fritters on a cooling rack. Let the glaze set and then serve. Best if eaten the same day they are made.
- Whisk ingredients in a medium sized bowl until smooth.