Next up on our list for Independence Day recipes: Apple pie a la mode - on a stick, courtesy of Heat Oven to 350. A delicious, refreshing, all-American dessert. Layers of apple pie filling and vanilla ice cream in a convenient popsicle form. Making the apple pie filling on the stove-top means you get great apple pie flavor without turning on your oven. The popsicles are easy and fast to make, meaning you can spend more time lighting sparklers, swimming in the lake, making s'mores, watching fireworks or enjoying any other holiday traditions you have for the Fourth. Whatever you enjoy doing, these are a delicious way to cool off, relax, and enjoy summer.
Apple pie filling
4 cups Granny Smith apples, chopped medium (if you use a sweeter apple decrease the sugar)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
2/3 cup water
1 quart vanilla ice cream
24 popsicle sticks
1. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Pour water into a large saucepan over medium heat. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add to water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 2-5 minutes. (Or until apples soften and taste "cooked" rather than raw.) Remove from heat, let cool and chill in the refrigerator until cold.
2. Let ice cream sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes, or until it has softened. You might want to stir it up to make sure it is evenly softened throughout.
3. In a popsicle mold or small paper cup, add a spoonful of chilled apple pie filling. Top with a spoonful of softened ice cream. Repeat until the mold or cup is full. Add a popsicle stick and freeze until firm. (I let mine freeze overnight) Un-mold the popsicles to serve by running the mold briefly under warm water. Serve.