Carnival fritters with apples and orange – gluten free

Carnival fritters with apples and orange – gluten free

By 06/02/2017

Fritters are a real crowd-pleaser.

It is carnival in Italy and most diets would have gone out of the window by now.. it is time to gorge on delicious foods again!

I make Italian carnival fritters every year, often with raisins and wheat flour but this year I tried a different version using rice flour, orange and apple which makes them gluten free and really good too. The lightness of the rice flour makes them soft and delicate and the floral notes of the orange makes them so perfumed! I just loved this recipe and my children have already asked for more.

The batter will be quite wet so you will need to use two teaspoons and spoon balls of mixture into the oil.

Some people add a dash of liquor to the recipe which makes the fritters even more perfumed.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes



Wash the orange and dry it well with a cloth. Mix the sugar with the eggs and the vanilla essence. Add the sifted rice flour with the baking powder, the zest and the juice of the orange. Mix well.

making gluten free apple fritters

Peel and slice the apple finely and add it to the mixture. Mix well. If the mixture appears still very watery add an extra tbsp of flour.

Apple fritters with apples

Heat a large pan with plenty of oil.

Drop a tiny bit of batter into the oil and if it sizzles then the oil is ready. If you see that it browns too quickly and it starts to burn then you will need to decrease the heat a little.

Using two teaspoons spoon balls of mixture into the oil and cook in batches for 1 or 2 minutes or until golden. Turn them on both sides so they will cook evenly.

Using a slotted spoon drain them on a paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve warm or cold... What a treat!

Gluten free apple fritters with orange

If you like fritters check out this other version of apple fritters too.

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13 Responses to Carnival fritters with apples and orange – gluten free

    • Alida

      Very addictive indeed!

  1. La cucina di Molly

    I dolci fritti sono la mia passione, purtroppo devo evitarli! Golosi e profumati questi dolcetti, con la farina di riso devono essere molto leggeri! Un abbraccio!

  2. Elinor Hill aka beachhutcook

    Oh these do look so good. I think I would have to cook double as I would eat them as soon as they were cool enough to handle! Elinor x

    • Alida

      Yes it is exactly like that. The smell whilst you fry them will tickle your taste buds!

    • Alida

      Thanks Rahul, I did have them for dessert and for breakfast too. I cannot resist fritters!

  3. elisabetta

    Oh Alida these are truly wicked but I’d secretly feast on one now with a nice coffee!

  4. Balvinder

    Super delicious! In Indian house hold too we make something similar but without eggs.

  5. speedy70

    Evviva il carnevale, adoro questi dolci!

  6. Chiara

    una vera delizia per festeggiare degnamente il carnevale, un bacione !

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