This Sunday, July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.

This Sunday, July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
Vanilla ice cream is reported to be the most popular flavor of ice cream in the world. I have no idea if that’s true (it’s not chocolate after all) but it has a huge following in my family! I remember everyone taking a turn with our ice cream machine at every family gathering when I was a kiddo.
We had an old-fashioned hand crank machine and man did our arms get tired. This alone may be the reason for my particular aversion to vanilla ice cream. I was so happy when my grandma bought an electric machine.
Just about everyone I know eats vanilla ice cream on top of their apple pie but you know me, I like to switch things up so I thought what if I made apple pie “fries” to dip in ice cream instead.
This dish is especially popular with my five-year-old who not only loves ice cream (duh!) but loves anything cinnamon.
I draw the line at any sort of cheddar cheese business though. I had an aunt ask me if I could find a way to incorporate cheese because she likes it with apple pie. That’s a firm no for me but knock yourself out if that trips your trigger. Let me know how it turns out.
I don’t get fancy making my own crust, making my own apple pie filling, or making my own ice cream but this fun and easy dessert isn’t at all the less for it.
The best part for me is that these “fries” are just as good in chocolate ice cream. I wonder when National Chocolate Ice Cream Day will come up on the calendar………

Apple Pie Fries
2 pre-made pie crusts
10 oz. apple pie filling
1 tsp. cinnamon plus more for sprinkling
¼ C. sugar plus more for sprinkling
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground allspice
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet. Allow crust to come to room temperature. On lightly floured surface, roll out crusts slightly. Place apple pie filling, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ C. sugar, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Spread apple mixture over one of the crusts leaving about 1/8" uncovered at edges. Place other crust on top and press edges to seal. Cut into strips to resemble fries with a pizza wheel. Whisk egg with 1 tsp. water. Brush tops of “fries” with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with extra cinnamon and sugar. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with a scoop of vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream for dipping.