There is nothing as heartwarming and delicious as warm apples and caramel. This recipe has been a staple in my barbecues with friends.
It’s a much-loved dessert, not only by children, but also by adults with a sweet tooth. And who of us doesn’t enjoy baked fruit and warm sweet caramel?
How to make apple fries with creamy caramel dip?
These apple fries with creamy caramel dip have become an autumn staple not only in my house, but in my life. How do you make them?
This easy recipe starts with making some fried apples and whipping up an easy caramel dipping sauce that will make your desserts sweeter and just much more enjoyable.
You will get started by using a cup of store-bought caramel sauce and three Granny Smith apples.
Peel, core and slice them into small slices, and if you’re going to let them sit out for a bit, sprinkle some lemon juice on them so they don’t brown.
You will also need 1 cup of buttermilk, 1 cup of granulated sugar, some cinnamon, as well as some flour for this recipe.
The flour is going to be used for frying the apples.
First, heat up some canola oil or any other vegetable oil that you want to use in a skillet on a medium heat.
Let it warm up, and while that happens, soak your apples in a buttermilk and sugar mixture. When they have soaked for a bit, drop your apple fries into the flour and coat them nicely and evenly.
Then, put them into the oil to fry, and make sure to turn them when they have browned on one side. This should take 5 minutes tops, so make sure not to burn your apples.
Do the rest of your apple fries, and while they are still nice and hot, separate them out and coat them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
But that’s not all. We’re also going to be making a dip for these apple fries, because what are fries without some sauce?
You will need a full pack of Philadelphia Cream Cheese and a can of whipped cream. Put them both into a blender and mix thoroughly until it’s nice and homogeneous.
Then add your cup of caramel sauce and mix it until your dip has a golden brownish tint to it. And here you are, perfectly fried apples and a delicious sauce to go with it.
Why make apple fries?
These apple fries with caramel cream dip are the perfect dessert for when you want apple pie but are too lazy to make one.
After all, dessert is supposed to be fun and not just time consuming. This is especially perfect for people who have a raw apple allergy and can’t eat this delicious fruit raw.
So, as long as these apples are cooked, they are perfectly fine. And this is why this recipe is just perfect.
These delicious apple snacks are lightly battered and fried, then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, which as we know, is always a good mix. And then finally, they are dipped in a creamy caramel infused sauce that will leave you asking for more.
Which type of apples should I use?
To be perfectly honest, you can use any type of apples in this recipe. But I personally prefer tart and crisp ones with a bit of bite to them, so I use granny smiths or pink ladies.
You can also use Braeburn or Galas for this recipe.
One thing to keep in mind though is to never make this recipe with really soft or sweet apples like a red delicious.
The softer apples will not be able to withstand the frying process, and thus will get very mushy and flavorless.
Caramel cream dip
You simply can’t make these apple fries without their famed caramel dip. Why is that?
Simply because no one would say no to a combination of cream cheese, whipped cream, and caramel sauce!
And no worries! If you’re not yet confident in your homemade caramel making skills, you can simplify this recipe by using store-bought caramel sauce instead.
After all, no one said we couldn’t cheat a bit while making dessert.
I don’t have lemon, what else can I use?
Are you out of lemons?
No worries. Simply use an equal amount of lime juice or orange juice as a replacement. And if you’re out of those too, replacing lemon juice with lemon extract is another possibility.
The flavor is fairly concentrated, so it shouldn’t take more than a tablespoon to achieve the lemony flavor that you’re after. Dried or frozen lemon zest is still another possibility if you happen to have either on hand.
If you’re allergic to citrus, replace the lemon juice with a juice that you’re not allergic to. This will change the flavor of the dish considerably but could prove to be quite delicious.
What different types of oils can I use to fry my apples?
You can use any type of light vegetable oil to make apple fries, although some go with this fruit better than others.
Neutral oils such as canola or sunflower seed oil are perfect when you want your fries to taste as clean and as apple-y as possible. If you want more flavor, you can use oils such as coconut or peanut oil.
All in all, any oil with a high smoke point is great for this recipe, and it all depends on taste, so experiment with different ones and see what works best for you.
What type of skillet should I use to fry my apples?
Apple fries can be sticky, which is why I always use a nonstick frying pan. This type of skillet doesn’t need too much oil for cooking, which is something we always aim for.
They’re also easy to clean and affordable. And since you don’t need very high heat to fry these apples, a nonstick frying pan is the perfect option for you.
These delicious apple fries and caramel dipping sauce are the perfect dessert for a late summer/early autumn barbecue. They’re crispy, tender, sweet, and absolutely delicious.
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- cinnamon to taste
- extra sugar
- ½ cup oil
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ family size cool whip
- 1 cup of caramel sauce
Add your oil to your skillet and turn on the heat on medium-high.
Combine the buttermilk and one cup of sugar in a bowl and whisk until the sugar has melted.
Soak your apples and the buttermilk and sugar mixture for several minutes.
Cup your flour in a container.
Coat your Apple slices in the flour.
Add the coated apples to the oil in batches and fried until all sides are browned.
Remove each batch and put them on a paper towel lined plate.
Quickly dust your fried apples with sugar and cinnamon.
Do this for all the batches until all your slices are fried.
Combine your cream cheese and your cool whip in a mixer and blend them until they’re smooth.
Add your caramel sauce and further blend until combined.
Pour your dip sauce into a serving bowl.
Drizzle the remaining caramel on top of the sauce.