I'm not much of a fast-food person let alone a McDonald's person, but if there Is one thing I cannot resist buying from McDonald's, it is their hot and crispy fried apple pie. It is quite a nostalgic food, bringing back memories of high school when I would often indulge it on my way home from school (back when it only costed a dollar).
As you may well guess, this recipe is inspired by the classic fried apple pie. This version tastes similar to the original, and dare I say even better. It is easy to make and uses only a few ingredients, and you'll never need to worry about any funky food additives. After all, why go all the way to McDonald's when you can make them yourself at home, right?
4 sheets ready-made frozen short crust pastry
3 medium sized Granny Smith apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
¾ cup water
1 Tablespoon corn flour, dissolved in 2 Tablespoons of water
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Thaw the short crust pastry in the fridge. In the mean time, make the pie filling.
Peel and core apples. Chop them into small (approx 0.7cm) cubes.
Cook the apple pieces in a cooking pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add in the water, brown sugar and cinnamon powder. Cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes until it boils.
Reduce heat to low. Stir in the corn flour, and cook for a further 1 minute until the mixture thickens.
Set aside and let cool in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Cut each pastry sheet into 8 equal sized rectangles.
Take one Tablespoon of pie filling and spread on top of a rectangle pastry evenly, leaving about 0.7cm of border around the edge of the pastry.
Place a second rectangle pastry on top of the filled pastry, and seal the edges with your fingers. Press the edges gently with a fork.
Repeat process with the rest of the pastries.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan on medium-high. To test if the oil is hot enough, place a small piece of white bread into the oil, and if it turns golden brown in around 10 seconds it is ready.
Fry the pastries, one at a time, until golden brown (about 30 seconds each).
Best served warm.
TIPS: You can make these pies ahead of time by preparing the filled pastries and freezing them uncooked for up to a week, then thaw and fry them when you are ready to serve the pies.