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Apple Fries

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Fresh apples are coated and fried to soft and sweet cinnamon perfection in this tasty apple fries recipe.
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  1. APPLE FRIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE FRIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Apple fries are a popular autumn tradition, one that is enjoyed by people of all ages, and they make a delightful dessert after a long day of apple picking! The best part about this recipe is that it’s as easy as pie; all you need to do is peel and cut the apples, dredge them in cinnamon sugar, and fry them up. 

Apple recipes are the perfect way to use up your spoils during apple season. Our apple pie bites and apple enchiladas are two more tasty recipes you should try.

APPLE FRIES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 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
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for frying

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLES: Granny Smith apples are the best choice for this recipe as they will hold up well. If you want to use a different kind of apple, you can but make sure it’s one that won’t become too soft during the frying process.

CINNAMON: You could also substitute apple pie spice in place of plain cinnamon for this delicious dessert.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE FRIES RECIPE

STEP ONE: Peel, core, and slice apples into ½-inch to ¾-inch slices. Place them in a large bowl and pour over the milk. Toss to coat. Set aside.

PRO TIP:

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.

STEP TWO: In a pie plate or shallow dish for dredging, combine the flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

STEP THREE: In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir, then set aside.

STEP FOUR: Take about 6 to 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. 

STEP FIVE: Add ¼ cup of the vegetable oil to a medium-sized skillet set to medium heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet, or large plate, with paper towels and place next to your stovetop. This is where you will place your cooked apple fries once fried to drain excess oil.     

STEP SIX: Fry 6 to 8 coated apple slices on each side for 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side, or until lightly golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fried apple slices onto the paper towel-lined baking sheet.

PRO TIP:

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. 

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mix, then transfer to a serving plate.

STEP EIGHT: Repeat until all apple slices are fried and sprinkled with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. **See tip about adding fresh oil about halfway through the frying process** 

PRO TIP:

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. 

HOW TO SERVE

Crispy apple fries are an awesome snack that you can have any time of the day. They are also customizable, so you can have them with your favorite dip. These apple fries can be served warm or at room temperature with our caramel apple dip, caramel sauce or even with our no-churn vanilla ice cream.

STORAGE

These apple pie fries do not store as leftovers very well, so I highly recommend only making and serving as many as you plan to eat the same day.

Granny Smith apples are sweet, crunchy, and tart apples that are perfect for making apple fries. They can be served warm or cold as a side dish for any meal, as a dessert with ice cream, or as a tasty snack.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of apple should I use for this recipe?

Crisp tart apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady are the best apples for this fried cinnamon apples recipe.

Do I need to peel the apples for this recipe?

It is best to peel the apples for this recipe, as leaving them on would affect the consistency and soft texture of the apples.

What kind of hot oil is best for deep frying?

Fry only with oils that have a high smoking point. The smoking point is the temperature it takes for the oil to start to break down and smoke. Once it smokes, it’s not good for frying. Good oils to use are peanut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, or vegetable oil. Olive oil, on the other hand, is not a good oil to fry in.

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Apple Fries

5 from 1 vote
Fresh apples are coated and fried to soft and sweet cinnamon perfection in this tasty apple fries recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 64 fries

Ingredients
  

  • 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
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core, and slice your apples into ½-inch to 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 to 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 to 8 coated apple slices on each side for 1 to 1 ½ 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. See tip about adding fresh oil about halfway through the frying process.

Notes

PRO TIP: 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.
 
PRO TIP: 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. 
 
PRO TIP: 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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