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Apple fries are a great, tasty treat and a super simple snack, side, or dessert. Apple slices are lightly coated with a cinnamon-sugar mixture and deep-fried just like classic French fries.
Tart apples deep-fried and coated in cinnamon sugar are super yummy and served fresh and warm. These apple fries are a sweet snack that you can enjoy any time of the day.
Golden brown Apple fries are warm, with a soft, tender bite and a bit of crispiness. They can be served as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Serve the fried apples with a caramel dipping sauce, or drizzle the warm sauce over the platter of apple fries. Or try them with a sweet, vanilla whipped cream.
For extra flair, sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon over the peaks of the whipped cream.
Apple Fries Ingredients
- Apples - tart and crisp apples like Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp
- Milk - whole milk
- Vegetable oil
Substitutions And Additions
APPLES: This recipe calls for a Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp type of apple. However, you can experiment with other tart apples based on your preference.
For a sweeter taste, try using Fuji or Golden Delicious apples. Remember, the texture of the apple fries might change depending on the type of fresh apples used.
You don’t want your apple slices to be too thin or too thick, so keep your apple slices between ½ inch and 1 inch for the best results.
MILK: Whole milk is used in this recipe to coat the apple slices before frying. If you're lactose intolerant or vegan, you can substitute it with non-dairy milk like almond milk or oat milk.
Keep in mind that this might slightly alter the taste.
FLOUR: Regular all-purpose flour is used for the coating of the apple fries. For a gluten-free version, you can use a gluten-free flour blend.
Make sure to choose a blend that's meant for general use or one that's specifically designed for baking.
SUGAR: Granulated sugar is used in this recipe. If you prefer a less refined option, coconut sugar or raw cane sugar could be used instead. These alternatives have a slightly different flavor profile, which might add a unique twist to your apple fries.
CORNSTARCH: Cornstarch is used in the coating mixture for the crispy apple fries. If you don't have cornstarch on hand, you can substitute it with arrowroot powder or potato starch.
These alternatives should provide a similar texture to the coating.
CINNAMON: Cinnamon is a key flavor in this recipe. For a different flavor profile, you could substitute it with nutmeg or allspice.
Alternatively, you could use a pre-made apple pie spice blend, which usually contains a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
VEGETABLE OIL: In this recipe, vegetable oil is used for frying the apple slices. You can substitute it with other oils that have a high smoke point, such as canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, or corn oil.
Each oil might impart a slight difference in taste, so choose according to your preference.
Remember, any substitutions may alter the taste and texture of this sweet treat, so use them at your own discretion. Enjoy experimenting and making this healthy dessert recipe your own!
How To Make Apple Fries
No Deep Fryer? No Problem: If you don't have a deep fryer, you can use a heavy-bottomed pot or a deep skillet instead. Just make sure there's enough oil to fully submerge the apple slices.
FIRST STEP: Peel, core, and slice your apples into ½-inch - ¾-inch slices. Place them in a large bowl and pour over the milk. Toss to coat, then aside.
Selecting the Apples: Choose fresh apples that are firm and crisp for this recipe. Granny Smith apples are the best apples due to their tart flavor, which balances the sweetness of the coating.
However, you can also use Honeycrisp or Fuji apples if you prefer a sweeter taste.
Cutting the Apples: Make sure to cut your apple wedges into even slices. This ensures they all cook at the same rate and prevents some slices from being overcooked while others are undercooked.
SECOND STEP: In a pie plate or shallow dish for dredging, combine the flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
THIRD STEP: In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir, then set aside.
Coating the Apples: Ensure each apple slice is fully coated in the batter. This not only gives the apple fries a delicious taste but also helps to create a crispy exterior.
FOURTH STEP: Take about 6–8 apple slices out of the milk, let them drip off any excess milk, and place them into the flour mixture.
Toss them gently to evenly coat them on all sides. Place them on a large plate or tray, and repeat until all the apple slices are coated in the flour mixture.
FIFTH STEP: Add ¼ cup of the vegetable oil to a medium-sized skillet that is set to medium heat. Place a paper towel, rimmed baking sheet, or large plate, next to your stovetop.
Place your crisp apple wedges once they are fried to drain the excess hot oil.
Frying the Apples: Don't overcrowd the pan when deep frying the apple slices. Overcrowding can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy apple fries.
Fry them in batches if necessary.
SIXTH STEP: Fry 6-8 coated apple slices on each side for 1-1½ minutes per side, or until lightly golden. Transfer fried apple slices onto the paper towel-lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then transfer to a serving plate.
Temperature Control: Maintain a consistent oil temperature while deep frying. Too hot, and the apples will burn on the outside before they're cooked on the inside.
Too cool, and they'll absorb too much oil and become greasy. A cooking thermometer can be very helpful here.
Draining the Fries: After frying, drain the apple fries on paper towels to remove excess oil. This helps keep your new favorite treat crispy.
SEVENTH STEP: Repeat until all apple slices are fried and sprinkled with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
How do I add fresh oil halfway through the frying process?
After frying about a third to half of the apple slices, drain the oil and place a fresh ¼ cup of oil in the pan to fry the remaining apple slices.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is highly recommended to keep the apple slices no smaller than ½ inch wide and not as big as 1 inch. If they are too thin, they will get too soft with frying.
If they are too thick, then there will still be a crunch to the crispy apple fries.
As you fry the apples, some of the batter will come off into the hot oil and make it very dark. As a result, the apple slices will look darker.
This is normal when frying anything with a coating, but since this recipe makes so many apple fries, changing out the oil will help.
To prevent the apple slices from browning, you can soak them in a bowl of cold water mixed with a bit of lemon juice. Just make sure to pat them dry before coating and frying.
While this recipe is specifically for apple fries, you could experiment with other firm fruits like pears or peaches. Keep in mind that the cooking time and final texture may vary depending on the fruit you choose.
This recipe is designed for deep frying, but you could potentially adapt it for an air fryer. However, the texture and taste might be slightly different.
If you decide to use an air fryer, make sure to spray the apple slices with a bit of oil before cooking and adjust the cooking time as necessary.
How To Serve Apple Fries
The beauty of this dish lies not only in its simplicity and taste but also in its versatility. Let's explore the best way you can serve these apple fries and elevate your dining experience.
Classic Pairing with Ice Cream: There's something magical about the combination of warm apple fries and a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. The contrast between the hot, crispy fries and the cool, creamy ice cream creates a symphony of flavors that is hard to resist.
This is a classic pairing that never fails to impress.
Incorporation into Breakfast: Why not start your day on a sweet note? These apple fries can be a fantastic addition to your breakfast table.
Serve them alongside a stack of fluffy pancakes or French toast, and you've got yourself a hearty and delicious breakfast. The sweetness of the apple fries complements the savory notes of these breakfast classics, creating a balanced meal to kickstart your day.
As a Dessert Topping: Get creative and use these apple fries as a dessert topping. Sprinkle them over a slice of cheesecake or a bowl of custard for an added crunch and a burst of apple flavor.
The apple fries add a unique twist to a traditional tasty dessert, making them even more irresistible.
Paired with a Cheese Platter: For those who enjoy a sweet and savory combination, try serving these apple fries with a cheese platter. The sweetness of the apple pairs beautifully with the creaminess of cheeses like brie or camembert.
Add some crackers and grapes to the mix, and you've got a gourmet snack that's sure to impress your guests.
Accompanied by a Warm Beverage: There's nothing like enjoying apple fries on a chilly day with a warm beverage by your side.
Whether it's a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or spiced cider, the warmth of the beverage enhances the flavors of the apple fries, making it the perfect way to enjoy apple pie fries.
How To Store Apple Fries
Here's a handy guide on how to store and reheat these delicious and tasty treats, ensuring they stay as scrumptious as when you first made them.
Make Ahead: This recipe is perfect for making ahead. Simply prepare the apple slices and coat them in the batter.
Instead of frying them immediately, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid.
Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored this way for up to 3 months. When you're ready to serve, just fry them straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
In the Fridge: If you have any leftover crispy apple fries, you can store them in the fridge. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them in aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out.
They will last for up to 2 days in the fridge. Keep in mind that they might lose some of their crispiness, but they will still be delicious!
In the Freezer: To store apple fries in the freezer, let them cool completely first. Then, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you're ready to enjoy them again, you can reheat them directly from the freezer.
Reheating: When it comes to reheating your apple fries, you have a few options. If you're not in a hurry, the oven is the best method to retain their crispiness.
Preheat your oven to 350°F, spread the fries on a baking sheet, and heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until they're hot and crispy.
If you're in a rush, you can use the microwave. Place the fries on a microwave-safe plate and heat for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Be aware that this method might make them a bit softer. If you stored your apple fries in the freezer, there's no need to thaw them before reheating. Just add a few extra minutes to the reheating time. Enjoy!
In a nutshell, this Apple Fries recipe is a delicious fall treat. It's a simple, creative way to enjoy apples, transforming them into a crispy, sweet treat that's perfect for any occasion.
Whether you're craving a snack, a unique side dish, or a dessert, these Apple Fries won't disappoint. They're easy to make, customizable, and offer a delightful contrast of textures.
So why wait? Dive into this culinary adventure and experience the joy of homemade Apple Fries.
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- 4 large tart/crisp apples (Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (for frying)
- Peel, core, and slice your apples into ½-inch - ¾-inch slices. Place them in a large bowl and pour over the milk. Toss to coat. Set aside.
- In a pie plate or shallow dish for dredging, combine the flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir, then set aside.
- Take about 6-8 apple slices out of the milk, let them drip off any excess milk, and place them into the flour mixture. Toss them gently to evenly coat on all sides. Place them on a large plate or tray, and repeat until all the apple slices are coated in the flour mixture.
- Add ¼ cup of the vegetable oil to a medium-sized skillet that is set to medium heat. Place a paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet, or large plate, next to your stovetop. This is where you will place your apple slices once fried to drain excess oil.
- Fry 6-8 coated apple slices on each side for 1-1½ minutes per side, or until lightly golden. Transfer fried apple slices onto the paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then transfer to a serving plate.
- Repeat until all apple slices are fried and sprinkled with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- I highly recommend keeping your apple slices no smaller than ½-inch and not as big as 1-inch. When they are too thin, they tend to get too soft with frying and too thick, then you still have too much of a crunch to your apples.
- Because this recipe makes so many apple fries, you may need to drain your oil after frying half (or even a third) of the apple slices, then place a fresh ¼ cup of oil back into the pan to fry the remaining apple slices. As you fry your apple slices, some of the excess batter will come off and into the hot oil, making it very dark, and as a result, your apple slices will be darker when fried. This is very normal when frying anything with a coating.
- You can also serve your platter of fried apples drizzled with warm caramel sauce if you do not wish to serve it with a dipping sauce.