Hello, my friends. How has everyone been? It’s been awhile, but I’m back today with an apple-themed post. It’s starting to feel like Fall here, with the temperature a little cooler and the air a little crisper, and that has put me in the mood to bake. I wanted to make something that would make the house smell amazing, yet was light and fairly quick to make. Let me introduce you to Apple Pie Fries:
I found this recipe over a month ago, and I have been waiting for cooler temperatures to make it. These fries are relatively easy and quick to make, and they would have made the house smell amazing if I had remembered to sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top before I baked them. Ha Ha! I did remember to sprinkle the sparkling sugar on before putting them in the oven, so all is not lost.
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine certainly was, so I could hardly wait to taste one. The recipe suggests serving the apple pie fries with caramel apple dip or ice cream caramel sauce. I happened to have some individual caramel dip containers in the refrigerator, so I put some apple pie fries on a plate along with the dip and dunked away.
I’m happy to report that I only ate two of the fries–not the whole plate!–and I concluded that the fries are too sweet with the caramel dip. If you followed the recipe exactly and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on before baking, these fries would be perfect just as is.
I also concluded that these fries would be a fun treat to give to others, so I spent the rest of the afternoon designing some packaging for them. French fries belong in fry boxes, so I made some up along with some embellished apples to use as tags.
I used Papertrey Ink’s Apple Prints dies and some retired paper by Stampin’ Up! called Bella Rose to make the tags. I used the same 4-layer design for each of the tags–I just mixed and matched the colors and the paper patterns. I kept the fry boxes very simple by stamping a row of apples at the bottom of each box.
Now it was time to fill the boxes with the fries. After some experimenting, I determined that each box could comfortably hold 8 fries. I was able to make 53 fries from a single recipe, so you could package 5-6 boxes from each recipe, depending on how wide you cut your fry pieces.
It really is all about the packaging, isn’t it? By themselves, the apple pie fries are somewhat plain, yet when you dress them up with packaging, they end up looking like gourmet treats!
Here’s a side view of one of the boxes, so that you can see how well they fit in the box:
I’m passing along the recipe, in case you’re interested to give these a try: Apple Pie Fries. Stop back by again tomorrow for another apple-themed post. And, as always, remember:
“May the waves kiss your feet, / the sand be your seat, / and your friends out number the stars.”