Apple fries are the most popular treat at Legoland. Granny Smith apples, deep fried, covered with cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla cream for dipping.
Even after eating a ton of fried food lately (I’m looking at you giant Simpsons donut and cheeseburger spring rolls), I still found myself shoveling apple fries down my gullet. These are that tasty. And even better, done in under 20 minutes!
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Apple Fries Tips
Here are some extra tips and tricks on how to make these apple fries. Hopefully, I answer most of your burning questions. Feel free to comment at the bottom if I don’t!
What Type of Apple Is Best?
From my research before attempting this, tart apples seemed like the way to go. So, Pink Lady or McIntosh should work as well. There’s a lot of sugar in these, and the tartness helps balance that out. Legoland uses Granny Smith, so that’s what I went with here. You can experiment with different varieties. Make sure to pick large apples so you get large fries!
I used a mixture of all-purpose flour and cornstarch. No real reason behind it, just cornstarch will work as well. The important thing is you want soak the fries in buttermilk after cutting them. This prevents the apples from oxidizing, which preserves looks and flavor.
How To Make Vanilla Creme?
I highly encourage you to make your own whipped cream for this recipe. It tastes completely different from Cool Whip (no offense if they ever want to sponsor a post). It’s also pretty simple.
Mix about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, 3 tbsp of sugar, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract in a bowl. Whip with a whisk until the creme becomes the right amount of solid for you, about 3 minutes. Or use a hand mixer, it can be tiring on the wrists.
What Temperature To Fry Apples At?
I did 350 F for a couple minutes. All you want is a slight crisping of the edges, not even brown. I noticed frying them longer will make the inside mushier, and the apple fries will fall apart.
I’ve seen some people get around this by frying them at a lower temperature (300 F) and frying again at a higher one (375 F). That seemed like extra work, and these are already fantastic! I’m definitely making these again, so maybe I’ll check and see how much of a difference that makes.
The Cinnamon Sugar
After the fries come out of the oil, roll them on a paper towel for moment. Then, toss them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Ideas For Experimenting
This recipe is pretty simple, so I’m going to throw in some suggestions for switching things up if you’re feeling crazy.
Alternative Dipping Sauces For Apple Fries
Peanut butter goes great with normal apple slices, so why not with apple fries too? It’s (probably?) healthier than whipped cream, while still providing the fat that levels up the flavors.
This is one I want to try next time. Basically, make the vanilla creme like normal, but add the juice of half a lemon after soft peaks are starting to form. If you add it before, the acidity may cause the cream to curdle and ruin the texture.
With fresh apples, you might want to add some brown sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Since the apples are already deep fried and covered in sugar, I’m thinking plain cream cheese will add a lot of fat. Could be a good substitute for the vanilla creme if you’re feeling lazy.
Okay, this one is a joke, but some madman out there will probably like this. Let me know if it actually works though. That would be crazy!
Apple Fries With Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Cream
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ⅛ cup brown sugar
- ¾ tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Mix buttermilk, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
- Peel the apples and slice into french fry shape. As you chop them, put the fries into the buttermilk. This stops the apples from oxidizing.
- Mix flour and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Shake the excess liquid off the apples and dredge in the flour mixture. Get the apples well coated. Repeat until all apples are coated in flour and cornstarch mixture. Set apples aside.
- Begin heating up a pot with one inch of oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut). Wait until oil is 350 degrees F to fry apples (177 C).
- Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Fry the apples in the oil for about 2 minutes, or until they get very slightly brown. Any longer will make them mushy and fall apart. Take out and drain on a paper towel or wire rack for a minute. Toss in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat until all apples are done.
- Add heavy whipping creme, sugar, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Whisk until mixture no longer runs off whisk when you take it out, about 4 minutes. Serve on the side with the fries. Enjoy!