Frying apple slices, dipping them in sugar and serving with creamy caramel dip doesn’t stop said apples from keeping the doctor away, does it? Okay, we may be kidding ourselves that this creative apple recipe is even a tiny bit healthy, but it’s the new year and we’re keeping up on our fitness, so it’s time to treat yo’ (our) selves. These apple fries with caramel cheesecake dip are the perfect sharing dessert you can have on the table in 20 minutes. Serve them on one big tray that everyone can dig into and they’ll no doubt be gone in seconds!

Apple fries with creamy caramel cheesecake dip. A sharing dish you'll probably want to keep to yourself.

Ingredients:
 Serves 3-4
 — 1 + 1/2 liters vegetable oil

— 3 firm apples (we used Granny Smith)

— 4 Tablepoons cornstarch

— 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

— ½ cup granulated sugar

— 1/3 cup whipping cream

— 2/3 cup cream cheese

— 3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

— 1 vanilla pod (or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste)

— 2 Tablespoons dulce de leche or other store-bought caramel sauce

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip ingredients

Instructions:

1. Heat the oil in a large pan on a high heat.

2. Peel and core the apples, slice into thick wedges and dredge in the cornstarch.

3. Check that the oil is hot enough by lowering one of the apple pieces into the oil. If it starts to bubble all around the apple, it’s hot enough. Lower half of the apple wedges into the hot oil and cook for 5-6 minutes until browned. You may need to turn them over a couple of times. Scoop the apples out of the oil using a slotted spoon and place in a bowl lined with kitchen towels to drain off any excess oil. Cook the remaining apples the same way.

4. While the apples are cooking, make the cheesecake dip. Place the cream in a large bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add in the cream cheese and whisk again until just combined. Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Add this to the bowl along with the confectioner’s sugar and give everything a quick whisk again until combined.

5. Spoon the cheesecake mix into a small serving bowl, top with the caramel sauce and swirl the sauce in using a spoon or cocktail stick.

6. Once the apples are cooked and drained, mix the cinnamon with the granulated sugar in a bowl and dredge the apple fries in the sugar (a few at a time) until covered.

7. Place in a bowl and serve with the cheesecake dip.

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip step 3

Heat the oil in a large pan on a high heat. Peel and core the apples, slice into thick wedges and dredge in the cornstarch.

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip step 4 collage

Check that the oil is hot enough by lowering one of the apple pieces into the oil. If it starts to bubble all around the apple, it’s hot enough. Lower half of the apple wedges into the hot oil and cook for 5-6 minutes until browned. You may need to turn them over a couple of times. Scoop the apples out of the oil using a slotted spoon and place in a bowl lined with kitchen towels to drain off any excess oil. Cook the remaining apples the same way.

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip step1 collage

While the apples are cooking, make the cheesecake dip. Place the cream in a large bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add in the cream cheese and whisk again until just combined. Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Add this to the bowl along with the confectioner’s sugar and give everything a quick whisk again until combined.

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip step2 collage

Spoon the cheesecake mix into a small serving bowl, top with the caramel sauce and swirl the sauce in using a spoon or cocktail stick.

Apple fries with caramel swirled cheesecake dip step 5

Once the apples are cooked and drained, mix the cinnamon with the granulated sugar in a bowl and dredge the apple fries in the sugar (a few at a time) until covered.

Apple fries with creamy caramel cheesecake dip. A sharing dish you'll probably want to keep to yourself.

Place in a bowl and serve with the cheesecake dip.

Apple fries with creamy caramel cheesecake dip. A sharing dish you'll probably want to keep to yourself.

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