Tuesday, August 4, 2015

An On-the-Fly Invention: Fried Apples

The heat was on, but the power was out. Me, my two brothers, and my six-year-old sister were at my grandma's house during a power outage. Now, being the avid Food-Network-Watchers we are, the idea came to me- We should have a "Chopped!" Chopped is a Food Network competition in which chefs have to create a dish using ingredients provided in a basket, plus others of their choosing. We knew it was a brilliant plan.

So, in a competition, I remembered that a girl on Kids Baking Championship made some apple "fries." So I decided to whip some up to add to my applesauce-y pancake breakfast.

And they were good. 

This recipe is easy, you probably have all the ingredients (I'm a big fan of recipes that only use ingredients we actually have on any given day), and it takes under five minutes and less than five ingredients to make. Here we go!


- Apples: I have used Gala and Fuji apples and they both turned out ok.
- Powdered Sugar
- Cinnamon
- A little bit of Crisco

To make, get a cast iron or other skillet, it doesn't matter too much, and grease with the Crisco. Then, turn the heat up to "high."

Then, take your apples and chop up into large chunks or slices, it's up to you. No matter which one you choose, no piece should be too small, because then it will cook too fast and loose the slightly crunchy, apple-y texture.

Now, sprinkle your apple slices with powdered sugar, like below. I can be pretty heavy-handed with this step.

Now, put the sugar-covered apples on the skillet and sprinkle with your cinnamon. Use enough to get a cinnamon flavor but not so much that it's "too much."

Let the apples "caramelize" on the outside and flip them over to the other side(s). Be careful to keep the apples from burning! It shouldn't take long at all for them to cook.  

Finally, remove the apples from the heat and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below, and please check in soon for more recipes and projects! 

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