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Last month, I was invited to participate in the Krusteaz Blogger Bake-Off, and I was eager to join and try the new Krusteaz gluten-free baking mixes. As a way of introducing their new line of gluten-free baking mixes to the gluten-free community, Krusteaz is sponsoring a contest for bloggers to create a gluten-free recipe using one of their new gluten-free baking mixes. They sent me two boxes of each mix with a “Gluten-Free Bake-Off Kit.” I’m told the Double Chocolate Brownies, Blueberry Muffins, and Buttermilk Pancakes are all very good. I wasn’t able to enjoy them because they all contain milk products, which my body doesn’t tolerate very well.
I was, however, able to enjoy the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix. (Although the ingredients label says it may contain milk, I didn’t have any trouble from eating it.) It’s a very sweet and tasty cornbread. I used it to make Cornbread and Sausage Dressing for Thanksgiving this year. It was so good, we ate the leftovers for breakfast! But that’s another recipe. ….
I guess because the cornbread is so sweet, I thought it would be perfect for making a sweet breakfast treat for the holidays — Cornbread Apple Fritters! I love having a baking mix to give me a head start on a tasty breakfast. So, with a few additions to the mix, I created a recipe that is delicious and easy to prepare!
Gluten-Free Cornbread Apple Fritters Recipe
Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix
1 Cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 large Egg
3 Apples — peeled, cored, and diced (3-4 cups)
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Vegetable oil for frying (enough for 2 inches of oil in a sided fry pan or a quart in a deep fryer)
Powdered Sugar for dusting the tops (optional)
- Heat vegetable oil to 375° F. On the stove, heat oil in a pan with tall sides. Or, use an electric deep fryer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Prepare apples by peeling, cutting out the cores, and dicing. Then toss them in the medium bowl with the cinnamon-sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together one package of Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix with 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 egg.
- Fold the apples into the prepared Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread batter.
- Scoop a ball of about 2 Tbsp of batter at a time into the heated oil. I cooked 5 of them at the same time. Fry the apple fritter batter for about 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.
- Remove cooked fritters from the oil and place on paper towels to remove excess oil and cool down. Those apples will be hot!
- If desired, dust the fritters with powdered sugar and serve warm.
- Makes about 24 fritters, depending on the size you make them.
- Prep time about 15 min, or less if you’re faster than me at peeling apples.
- Total cooking time 25-30 min.
- I cooked these using both methods — on the stove and using an electric deep fryer. The electric deep fryer is better at keeping a constant temperature, but both methods worked fine.
- I used Golden Delicious apples, but feel free to use your favorite baking apples.
- If the fritters aren’t cooking through fast enough, try making them a little smaller.
- To keep fritters warm before serving, consider placing them in a warm oven (200° F) until ready to eat.
- Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix ingredients: “Sugar, whole grain white cornmeal, degermed yellow cornmeal, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour. Contains 2% or less of the following: food starch-modified, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), xanthan gum, honey powder. May contain milk, eggs and soy.”
Want to know more about Krusteaz Gluten-Free products?
- Check the Krusteaz Gluten-Free website for product details.
- Find Gluten-Free Recipes using the Krusteaz Gluten-Free products.
- I was able to find various gluten-free mixes at a variety of stores in my area: King Soopers, Safeway, and Target. You can check the product locator (“Locate Our Products”) in the top right corner of the Krusteaz website to find the products near you.
- Krusteaz can also be found on a variety of social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram.
The recipe and comments above are my own, however, Krusteaz did sponsor my participation in the Blogger Bake-Off. I was sent a Krusteaz “Gluten-Free Bake-Off Kit” with two boxes of each of the new Krusteaz gluten-free baking mixes, along with a tote bag, spatula, and gift card for buying ingredients. Krusteaz is also awarding three contest winners additional gift cards to Crate and Barrel.
I love all the traditional foods made for Thanksgiving — turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pies. But sometimes, I like to change things up a little…like adding chocolate to pumpkin pie or pecan pie. This year, I’m not adding chocolate to anything.
Instead, I’m adding cranberries to my apple pie. I absolutely love it! I love the burst of red color it adds to the pie, but I mostly love the burst of flavor it adds to each bite. The sweet apples and crumb topping are nicely complemented by the tart cranberries.
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pie Crust — uncooked, thawed if previously frozen
5-7 Fresh Apples — peeled, cored, sliced (I used 4 large Golden Delicious apples and 1 Granny Smith.)
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
1/2 Cup Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Crumb Topping Ingredients:
1/2 Cup gluten-free Flour (Fine Brown Rice Flour, or a mix of GF Flours)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (or Butter, Margarine)
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- Prepare your gluten-free pie crust.
- Mix together the crumb topping ingredients and set aside.
- Mix together the 1/2 Cup sugar and 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and set aside.
- Prepare the apples by peeling the skin, removing the core, and cutting into thick slices.
- Place and arrange half the apples in the prepared pie crust. Pour 1/2 the cranberries on top. Then, add the remaining apples, and cranberries on top. I like to pile them high because I know it will cook down.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the apples and cranberries. Be sure to spread it out evenly over the entire pie.
- Now add the crumb topping to the pie, carefully spreading it to the edges of the pie crust and covering as much of the fruit as you can.
- Cover the pie crust edges with a Pie Crust Shield or strips of aluminum foil to avoid burning the edges. Bake in the oven at 400° for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack to cool before serving. It slices best if you let it cool to room temperature — about an hour. Enjoy!
- You can use whatever apples you like best for baking. I usually use a mix of apples with 1 or 2 Granny Smith apples. Gala and Golden Delicious apples have worked well for me — good texture and flavor, but not too juicy that it runs all over the plate.
- Need a recipe for a gluten-free pie crust? Check the list of recipes at this Thanksgiving Dessert Roundup.
- I have also used 1 tub of Pillsbury’s Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough to make both the crust and the crumb topping, as I did with my Peach Crumb Pie recipe.
- To make a traditional Apple Pie, I use the same recipe above but without the cranberries. You may need an extra apple instead.
This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!