I woke up the other day thinking, I really want some apple pie. So I decided to attempt to make one. After all, how hard could it be, I have had apple pie so many times, so many different ways...I went off to my kitchen to see what I had. Now, I know to caramelize apples, I need butter for sure. So butter...check. I had brown sugar and cinnamon...check and check. And flour...all in my cabinets. I had apples too, so with the McDonald's apple pie in mind, all I needed was a pocket for my ingredients. Last but not least I went to my favorite tool...the Internet, The Food Network. Low and behold I found exactly what I was looking for, now based on what I had in the house, I tweaked it so I would not have to spend extra money, after all I am always on the look out for the cost effective way to do things and this recipe takes 20 minutes. The only thing that I purchased was the pie crust for $3.49 and the Gala Apples for $.69 and the unsalted butter, store brand for $1.29. Total cost. $5.47 for 8 little pies. See recipe below. Hot or Cold, tastes great with ice cream or a cup of coffee. Enjoy! ❀Yvonne
Fried Apple pie
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter
•1/4 cup light brown sugar (I used dark brown)
•2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
•2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
•1 tablespoon maple syrup
•1/2 lemon, juiced (I used about a tablespoon)
•2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided
•1/4 teaspoon ground ginger(Didn't have any)
•1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg(Didn't have any)
•1 box ready-made pie crusts (recommended: Pillsbury)
•Peanut oil, for frying
•1/2 cup granulated sugar
•1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Yvonne's Fried Apple Pie
-To a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, and the apples and saute until they are tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drizzle in the maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Continue cooking for 5 minutes more until the apples are completely softened. Remove them from the pan and allow them to cool while you prepare the dough.
-Roll out(not with a rolling pin) both pieces of pie dough onto a floured surface. Cut out 8 (6-inch) circles and lay them out onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. Put a heaping tablespoon of the apple pie filling into the center of each round Fold the circles in half and seal their edges with the tines of a fork.
-In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F.
-Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and reserve.
-Fry the pies, 3 at a time, in the hot peanut oil until they are golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer the finished pies to a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Once they are cool, toss them in the cinnamon sugar.