Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apple pie fries

I first tried these tasty treats earlier this year during a visit to Legoland. I had no idea how popular they were. Here, I was thinking they’re just another food stand favorite like Dippin’ Dots or corndogs that are in just about every theme park. These are very, very good, however, and an ingenious idea.

This isn’t the Legoland recipe (I’m pretty sure their recipe includes butter) but it’s still good and should tie us over until we make another trip to Carlsbad.

Apple pie fries
Yields 5 to 6

1 medium-sized sweet red apple (Fuji apples cook really well!)
½ +1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
2 teaspoons of raw sugar
1 pinch of sea salt
Canola oil spray (to lightly coat pan)
Peanut butter (optional - for dipping the hot apple pie fries)
Honey (optional - for dipping the hot apple pie fries)

Lightly coat a pan with canola oil spray, and raise to medium-high heat on the stovetop.

Slice the apple into steak-fry-shaped wedges, and place the wedges into a large mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, combine the ground cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice, and the raw sugar and sea salt.

Pour the spice mixture over the apple wedges in the large mixing bowl, and toss the wedges to completely coat them in the mixture and to ensure that the flavorings are evenly distributed.

Place the flavored apple slices into the preheated pan, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, turning the apples approximately halfway through the cooking process. (Be careful not to overcook the hot apple pie fries, so as to preserve the natural flavor, sweetness, and crispy crunch inherent in the raw apples!)

While the apple wedges are cooking, place the peanut butter and honey in small separate bowls for dipping the hot apple pie fries into, if using.

When the hot apple pie fries have completed cooking, remove from the pan and serve. Dip them into the peanut butter and honey. Or serve with whipped cream.

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