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Orlando Orange Fritters

In later years, when Mother at long last retired her faithful old country stove, she moved to Florida. When grandchildren came to visit, she made them this Southern version of her Heartland fried cakes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    20 fritters


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk the eggs, orange juice, butter and orange zest; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust warm fritters with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 277 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Kimberly
    Jul 20, 2019

    Made these with fresh squeezed orange juice an absolute must!! Awesome flavor!! If you fry at correct temperature these are not one bit greasy.

  • pajamaangel
    Apr 16, 2017

    These are so good we made them twice in one week! I added more grated orange peel the second time. We didn't have any issue with tasting oil on the outside of the fritter. You absolutely must drain them on paper towels. Fantastic!

  • cmalinow
    Apr 7, 2013

    No comment left

  • Julie_1
    May 16, 2012

    If you want a quick, fatty alternative to a fried yeast doughnut this is it. However, the orange taste does not sufficiently mask the oily fried exterior. I did add extra grated orange as the other reviewer suggested, but still found the result unsatisfactory.

  • eliza4014
    Jan 9, 2011

    This is wonderful - I will definitely make it again! The only change I will make next time is to use 2Tbsp orange peel instead of 1, but that is just a personal preference. Wonderful Recipe!