These crusted apple rings, created by Chef Leonard Gentieu, are a delicious, fancy dessert you can serve at your next fall function or family gathering. According to Chef, these rings are “as close as you will get to a mock apple pie, and can be prepared in just a few minutes.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbs. ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon’s worth of zest
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Whip cream (for garnish)
  • Fresh mint (for garnish)
  • Wicked Harvest bourbon glaze (for garnish)
  • ¼ cup pistachios (for garnish)

Method:

  1. Place oil in suitable sauce pan for frying.
  2. Slice apples approximately ¼ inch thick. Remove core of the apple slice with a circle cutter or the back side of a large star tube. Apple ring should resemble a donut. You should end up with approximately 12 slices from the two apples.
  3. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and hold on the side.
  4. Whisk the egg whites, cream, and vanilla together in a small stainless-steel bowl.
  5. Heat the oil to frying temperature (approximately 350 degrees).
  6. Squeeze a little fresh lemon over the apple slices and gently toss, being careful not to break them up. This keeps the apple from turning brown and also imparts flavor.
  7. Place the apple slices, as room permits, in the egg mixture and coat thoroughly. Remove from egg mixture and dredge in flour, then place on wax paper.
  8. Deep fry the apple slices in oil three or four at a time (as room permits), turning only once until a very light golden brown. This usually takes no more than one minute.
  9. Remove slices from oil and lightly toss in cinnamon and sugar. Serve on individual plates or a family platter.
  10. Drizzle with warm bourbon glaze and garnish with mint leaves. Top with chopped pistachios and grated zest of lemon. Finally, add a dollop of whip cream.

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