Snacks & Treats
New Favourite Fall Treat: Caramel Apple Pie Fries
BY STEPHANIE KEEPING, SPACESHIPS AND LASER BEAMS
Sep 27, 2017
Summer’s heat might make you lazy as an old dog. Winter’s chill may hold you captive inside. But straddled in the middle? There’s this perfect slice of life called autumn. Who doesn’t want to romp in pumpkin patches, gather arm loads of gorgeous flaming leaves and sample seasonal treats? At our house, we’re trying to cram it all in! A dessert we’re loving is caramel apple pie fries. Easy to make and so easy to eat, they are our new favourite fall food.
My Sam has been begging to have a hot dog roast. The funny thing is, the kid doesn’t really like hot dogs! But fall’s warm-enough days and sweater-perfect nights do seem to call for bonfires and sharing a casual meal with besties. So we are having a hot dog roast and Sam will be having a hot dog bun…with cheese. And pickles.
And caramel apple pie fries. They’re great for an after-school treat, but I think they’ll be perfect for after the bonfire, too.
It seems like everyone always has s’mores — and we’re fans — but I like the idea of offering something new. You can use your own pie crust recipe, but buying sheets of ready-made crust makes this recipe so easy.
Here's what you need:
- 2 sheets of refrigerated pie crust
- ¼ cup caramel, divided
- 4-6 tbsp apple sauce, divided
- 2 tsp melted butter
- raw sugar
- ½ cup yogurt
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temp
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Roll out each pie crust.
- Spread a thin layer of caramel over each pie crust. If you need more, use more but keep it as thin as possible.
- Spread a thin layer of apple sauce over the top.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Fold each pie crust in half and cut into ½-inch strips.
- Place on a baking sheet and brush a layer of melted butter on each piece.
- Sprinkle with raw sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with more caramel.
- To make the dip, whip the ingredients on high until smooth and fluffy.
I roll out the dough and Sam helps spread the thin layer of caramel, applesauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The next part is optional, but routine at our house: those spoons must be licked by little boys who are champions of the art.
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Then you just fold each crust in half and cut it into thin strips.
Brush the strips with melted butter and sprinkle on raw sugar and a little more cinnamon.
Pop them in the oven and marvel at the delightful scent that makes even grown women impatient.
When you remove them from the oven, drizzle with additional caramel.
They don’t really need anything else, but if you’re feeling a little decadent, make the yogurt-cream cheese dip (see above!). You won’t be sorry!
These fries are the perfect little handhelds. I guarantee no one minds licking their fingers, either!
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