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How to make apple fries with dreamy vanilla-caramel dipping sauce

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Apple fries with vanilla-caramel sauce recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 1 hour


For the apple fries

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into fairly thick strips
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup canola oil (amount may vary depending on the size of your pan)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (for coating the fries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (for coating the fries)

For the vanilla-caramel sauce

  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the apple fries

  1. To a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon. Stir together, and set aside.
  2. Dredge the apple slices in the cornstarch.
  3. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, and add the oil.
  4. Sprinkle a bit of cornstarch into the oil, and when it sizzles, carefully add the apples.
  5. Turn the apples as they cook. If the oil gets too hot, turn the heat down a bit.
  6. When the apples are a golden color on all sides, transfer them to a cooling rack (with a plate underneath to catch excess oil).
  7. When the fries are cool enough to handle, coat them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Serve right away with caramel sauce.

For the vanilla-caramel sauce

  1. Heat a large, heavy pot on low to medium heat. Add the sugar and water.
  2. Don’t stir. Instead move the pan around a bit if needed.
  3. Watch the sugar mixture very closely. Make sure to have the remaining ingredients measured out and ready to add to the pot when needed.
  4. Continue to closely watch the sugar mixture. When it starts to turn a golden color, remove it from the heat, and very carefully pour in the cream while stirring the mixture at the same time with a heat-resistant spatula. The sugar mixture will be so hot that it will bubble up fairly high.
  5. Stir in the butter, salt and vanilla. Continue stirring until the butter is melted.
  6. Very carefully pour into small jars. Let the caramel cool, seal the jars, and store in the refrigerator.

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