Apple Fritters – With and Without Sage

apple sage fritters
I’m all over the sales this year – no, not clothes, shoes and handbags. I’m talking about the bargains to be had in the food aisle.

So far we have devoured a turkey from Tesco that should have been £32 but on Boxing Day was reduced to an amazing £4.95.

I did get super excited at our local Tesco Express today though when I spotted fresh herbs for 3p!!! I trotted off with some thyme and some sage. The checkout operator even commented how cheap they were and then asked me what I was going to do with them. Talk about put me on the spot! I didn’t think “I’m a food blogger and I can’t resist buying food” was going to go down that well, so I made something up about making fritters with sage and freezing thyme.

So there I was, in the Costello kitchen making sage fritters – Whether we wanted them or not! To be honest, they are really easy and quick – the girls love them (as long as there is plenty of sugar over them and not too much sage). The trick is taking their photos – Almost impossible not to make them look really unappealing.


  • 2 Large Apples – I used Pink Lady
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 35g Granulated or Caster Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 125ml milk (I sometimes add a little bit more if the mixture seems a little too thick)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon plus another 1/2 tsp for the separated mixture
  • 8 sage leaves, chopped finely
  • Enough oil to cover the bottom of your frying pan and about 1cm in height


  • Peel & Chop the apples into small chunks – These take hardly any time at all to cook so you want the apple to be small enough to soften
  • In a large bowl, put the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  • Whisk the egg and add alternately with the milk until all combined.
  • Add the apples and the first half of the cinnamon.
  • This is now your base mixture – I then separate the mixture into 2 separate bowls – Add the sage to one and the extra cinnamon to another.
  • Heat your frying pan and drop the mixture in a teaspoon at a time – you don’t want any bigger as the outsides will cook too quickly and the middle may not be completely done. You will probably get away with doing about 5 fritters at once.
  • Turn over after a few seconds, when the bottom is golden – Be Careful, they are easily overdone!
  • After about 30 seconds or just before they are the colour you think they should be (Trust me!) remove from the pan and leave to dry on Kitchen Towel.
  • Sprinkle each of the sage fritters with granulated sugar – I like the cinnamon fritter sprinkled with icing sugar.

apple cinnamon sugar fritters Amazingly, I have found out that Karen at Lavender & Lovage has a Cooking With Herbs challenge this month that involves Herbs & Christmas Spices! Ta-dah! I give you Sage & Cinnamon.For more Herb/Spice recipes click the badge below …

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  1. says

    What a DELIGHTFUL recipe and such an easy one to make too! Thanks so much for linking this to Cooking with Herbs, and for me, I am a WITH sage diner please! Happy New Year! Karen

    • Helen says

      Thank you, Karen. I love the simplicity of this recipe and that the kids ate it, is an even bigger bonus! Hope you are having a lovely time a la France x

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