It seems like “fries” are all the rage. I’ve seen these in rings, julienned strips, wedges…you name it. However, these are usually coated in a batter of some sort (typically eggs and buttermilk), but I wanted to lighten it up and of course, veganize them. So these Apple Fries with Vanilla Whipped Cream are an easy treat that both kids and adults will love.
Coated only in cornstarch, the apple wedges are quickly fried in oil. Be sure your oil is hot enough so the apples fry, but do not absorb the oil. Drain on paper towels for a few minutes to cool slightly and then toss in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Sometimes simple is best 🙂
The trick here to is be sure your oil is hot enough. Test a small apple slice before beginning a batch. If the oil is not hot enough, the apples could absorb the oil and that is definitely not what we want. The quicker they fry, the quicker they develop a crisp outer crust which prevents the absorbption of excess oil. Additionally, you don’t want the apples to cook so long they get overly soft and potentially mushy.
Do not overcrowd the pan or the temperature of the oil will drop. Allow the temperature to come back up between batches.
After they’ve drained on paper towels and cooled for a few minutes, toss with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Allow to continue cooling a few more minutes before serving. Serve warm.
The cinnamon sugar gives these Apple Fries a deep, warm color. There is tartness from the apple, sweetness from the sugar and let’s not forget the Vanilla Whipped Cream. You can make your own whipped cream from coconut milk, but today, we used the new So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Whipped Topping (coming soon to stores near you :). We added vanilla extract and topped with a bit more of the cinnamon sugar mix. The cool whipped topping is a nice contrast to the warm apples.