4 large apples (any variety)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil, for frying
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
3 tablespoons sugar
In a large bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine the egg and buttermilk.
Slice the apples into slices which are 1/4 inch thick. Use circle biscuit cutters in graduated sizes to make ‘rings’ out of the slices. Discard the centre circle which contains the core of the apple. You may need to use a paper towel to remove any excess water from the apple so the batter will stick.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat or to 350°F (177°C). Combine the liquid and dry ingredients while the oil warms up. Dip the apple rings into the batter, removing any excess by tapping the rings against the side of the bowl. Cook the rings in small batches, turning them frequently to ensure even browning.
When the rings are golden brown and crispy, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel for a few seconds. Quickly transfer the apple rings, one by one, into the sugar.Flip the ring to ensure that both sides are covered with the sugar. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm with a drizzle or small pot of caramel for dipping, if desired.