Have you heard of Cakespy?
She’s a genius.
Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy, is the first dessert blogger I ever discovered, back in ninth grade when I started baking banana muffins. Her recipes were so creative and original, and her posts were funny and full of pictures. Ever since then, I’ve been checking her website like five times a day, looking for updates.
Plus, she’s really cool! Just yesterday, I recieved in the mail a watercolor that I bought from her for only one penny (plus shipping), and there was a little mix-up with the sale, so Jessie also included two blank notecards and a handwritten note 🙂 She’s my idol. I died.
A while ago I saw her recipe for pie fries, which was featured on Serious Eats. It involved leftover pie crust, which was sliced thin, topped in cinnamon and sugar, and baked. Again, genius. But alas! At that time I had never made a pie, and never had an leftover pie crust to use for pie fries 😦
Well, last weekend I made a pie!!
And I had leftover pie crust!!
So I got the chance to make pie fries 🙂
Which are soo easy and delicious, by the way.
Just take your leftover dough from the crust and form it into a ball.
On a well floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough flat, starting from the middle and rolling outwards in all directions. Re-flour the pin and surface as necessary, so the dough does not stick to the surface (I used a cutting board). (See my pie crust tutorial!)
I made the crust about 1/8 of an inch thick, and the thickness should be even all over.
Then, slice the crust into thin slices, about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long. Place the fries on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and greased. Sprinkle with toppings- cinnamon, sugar…I added some cocoa and vanilla powder, which were both delectable.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, and that’s it!
These are great alone, but you can also dip them in stuff. Like Nutella, peanut butter, jam, mmm caramel…the possibilities are endless.
Pie Fries from Cakespy at Serious Eats
Leftover dough from a pie crust-any amount or variety
Possible toppings: cinnamon, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla powdered
Optional: melted butter or canola oil
To dip: peanut butter, Nutella, jam, Fluff, hot fudge, caramel, ice cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and grease with Pam.
- Form pie crust scraps into a ball and roll out on a well-floured surface using a well-floured rolling pin (see my pie crust tutorial)
- Slice dough into strips about 1/2 an inch wide and 2 inches long.
- Arrange fries onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with desired toppings.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Let cool a few minutes, then dip into desired toppings or eat plain!
Conclusions: This idea is brilliant, and pie fries are just about the easiest thing you can make (as long as you have the pre-made crust). Plus, they were really good! I plan to try them with a variety of toppings and dipped in many things, thank you very much.