Visions of McDonald's RETRO Fried Apple Pies have been dancing in my head. Remember those from the 80's? Crisp flaky, heavenly pie crust oozing with thick apple pie filling and tender chunks of spiced apple.
I had to create a copycat recipe to cure my hankering for my favorite apple pies from my childhood. Now you can enjoy one (or 6) too!
My family actually didn't eat out much as I was growing up. My mom made sure we had a home cooked meal every night we were home. I would get so excited about stopping for fast food during our vacations. I have a few favorites, but when I think about McDonald's I remember those fabulous fried apple pies.
To have my copycat fresh apple pie in my hand was like a dream come true., Just like the original it is crisp flaky pie crust oozing with thick spiced apple pie filling and tender chunks of tart and sweet apples. Purely heaven. We devoured these and I am sure you will too.
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With love from our Kitchen Table to yours. XOXO
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McDonald’s Copycat Fried Apple Pies
2 cups ½” diced apples, (peeled, cored and diced) approx 2-3 medium apples (I used 1 gala and 1 granny smith apple)
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
neutral oil (vegetable, canola or coconut oil)
2 sheets Puff Pastry
Remove puff pastry from freezer, unwrap pastry and place on a floured work surface to thaw.
Meanwhile; in a large saucepan over medium heat combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Stir occasionally until mixture begins to bubble.
Meanwhile combine water and flour in a mason jar or container. Shake to combine. Add to pot. Continue boiling, stirring constantly until apples are softened, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool.
In a heavy-bottomed pan with deep sides, heat about 1” oil to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, using a sharp knife cut each pasty sheet into 3 equal long pieces. Lay pasty sheet strips out horizontally on floured work surface. Place ¼ cup apple pie filling on the left half of each dough strip. Moisten your clean fingers and wet the edge of the pastry. Gently pick up the right side of the dough and fold dough on top of the left side, encasing the filling (if any filling seeps out push it back in).
Gently press along the edge with the tines of a fork. Once all pies are assembled fry them 2 at a time. Cook for 3-4 minutes total, carefully flipping them over halfway through. Remove pies from oil when they are a nice golden brown. Place pies on a stack of paper towels. Sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon. Repeat until all pies are cooked.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Originally published 11/4/13