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For the scrap hoarders out there…

22 Nov

Photograph: Cakespy

No, not scrap as in trash. But scrap as in those delicious leftover bits of food you find yourself mindlessly nomming on throughout the day.

One of the biggest predicaments I face after carefully laying a made-from-scratch pie crust into a pie tin and trimming the excess is: what to do with the leftover crust? For those of you who have ever attempted to make a pie crust, you understand just how serious of a situation this is. After carefully cutting the butter (or whatever fat you choose to use) into the dry mixture to make a flaky ball of dough the last thing you want to do is toss the bits that just don’t make it into the final product. (And for those of you who have never tried, try it. You’ll understand after the first attempt–guaranteed.)

Jessie Oleson over at Cakespy has a solution–a simple solution that will leave you feeling like an idiot for not thinking of it before. Make pie fries. Not only is the name catchy, the idea will leave you salivating.

Just brush with some butter, sprinkle with some sugar and cinnamon, bake until crisp, and WAH-LAH you have pie fries!

Oleson cutes it up by adding cute packaging:

Photograph: Cakespy

For the scrapbook-baker fanatic out there, this is heaven. For those who want to take it one step further I would suggest using cookie cutters to cut out some cute shapes in addition to the fries. (If I have time I’ll try it out and post it here!)

What I especially love about this idea is its versatility. You can flavor it any way you please and pair it with a variety of dipping sauces. Did I mention it makes for a super cute (and easy) holiday gift?

Here’s the link to the post on seriouseats.com. I’ve also included the recipe down below for your convenience:

Pie Fries (courtesy of Cakespy)

Serves 2 to 3 – active time 5 minutes – total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Pie dough scraps from cutting a 10-inch pie

Melted butter, to taste

Granulated sugar

Cinnamon

Nutmeg or other spices of your choice

Jam or preserves, for dipping

Procedures

1. Collect your pie dough scraps. They may already be in slivers; if not, put them together into one clump, and roll out. It’s OK if the dough looks slightly lumpy when rolled out.

2. Slice the dough into “fries”, approximately the size of fast food restaurant-style fries.

3. Place the cut “fries” on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Brush with as little or as much butter as you’d like using a pastry brush.

5. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and any other spices you’d like (I used nutmeg).

6. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 10 minutes, or until crispy around the edges.