My favorite dip to go with cinnamon tortilla chips is this Cinnamon Apple Pie Dip.It’s a refreshing fruit dip with a little kick of ginger. That bit of spice pairs perfectly with the fall inducing aroma of cinnamon. Together, the warming cinnamon and ginger compliment the refreshingly sweet apple and tart lemon juice.
What’s in This Cinnamon Apple Dip?
The ingredients for this recipe are very simple.
- Fuji Apples
- Brown Sugar
- Fresh Ginger
How to Make Cinnamon Apple Pie Dip?
Step 1. Dice the apples into small chunks.
Step 2. In a small saucepan add apples, water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring mixture up to a high simmer and cook until tender.
Step 3. When the apples are tender add lemon juice and a mixture of cornstarch and water. Simmer until the sauce has thickened.
Step 4. Serve warm or cool.
Can You Mix Apples For The Dip?
Absolutely! For this recipe I use Fuji apples, because that’s simply what I always have in stock. You can use a mix of apples: Granny smith, fuji, red delicious, gala, honey crisp.
Adjust the recipe to the taste of the apples. Let’s say you only have granny smith apples. Those are very tart. In which case I would recommend adding more sweetener and skipping the lemon juice. Gala apples are mildly sweet and may benefit from a little extra lemon juice to keep the dip refreshing in flavor.
Use your tastebuds to adjust the recipe appropriately if you’re going to be changing the apples.
How Can I Make The Apple Pie Dip Without Brown Sugar?
Use Maple Syrup. Maple syrup is the best substitute for brown sugar in this recipe. The warm natural flair compliments the cinnamon and ginger.
Make your own brown sugar. Don’t have any brown sugar in your pantry? That’s okay, we can make our own. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of castor sugar and tada!
Use Honey. Honey is a great natural sweetener. Careful using this as a substitute though. It will have a strong honey flavor if you do.
How Do I Make My Apple Pie Dip Less Watery Without Cornstarch?
The following are two ways you can thicken the apple pie dip without cornstarch, and with what’s likely available in your kitchen.
Cook for a longer time. As you continue to cook the apples, it will evaporate the water and release more pectin which will naturally thicken the sauce.
Add Flour. Tossing the three cups of diced apples in 5 teaspoons of flour before cooking will help thicken the dip while cooking.
These are just other methods that you may have available to you without having to go to the store.
Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon and Ginger
- 3 cups apples, small dice (3 apples)
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a small saucepan add diced apples, brown sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring mixture up to a simmer and cook until apples soften, 10-15 minutes.*
- In a small bowl mix cornstarch and water. When apples are tender add lemon juice cornstarch mixture.
- Simmer until the sauce has thickened.
- Remove from heat and serve in a bowl or allow it to completely cool and store in a container for 3-4 days.