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Faux Fries

Who doesn’t love French fries for dessert?!



1 loaf of pound cake (store bought, such as Entenmann’s)

1 fast food cardboard French fry container (ask politely and you shall receive)


Preheat oven to 350°F

Trim the dome off the top of the loaf and a thin layer of crust off all remaining sides of the loaf. Then cut about 2 inches off one end of the loaf so that the remaining block is approximately 4 x 3 x 6-inches. Cut remaining loaf lengthwise into ¼-inch slices. Set slices flat on their side and cut lengthwise again into ¼ inch strips.

Arrange strips on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until browned on top and bottom. Turn strips one quarter rotation and bake for approximately 4 more minutes, or until remaining two sides are browned. Let cool, then arrange in fries container.


Raspberry ketchup

6 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed, or 1 cup of fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons of confectionery (icing) sugar

1 empty ketchup bottle or plastic squeeze bottle


If you are using frozen berries, drain off excess juice. Puree raspberries in a blender or food processor. Add sugar, one teaspoon at a time, to taste—until tartness is gone.

Place raspberry puree in a strainer over a bowl.  Use a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to force the puree through the strainer. Discard the seeds and transfer puree to the ketchup bottle. Serve alongside “fries”.

Yield  4 dessert servings or 8 tastes


Uncommon goods: 1 fast food cardboard French fry container; 1 empty ketchup bottle or plastic squeeze bottle; 1 loaf of pound cake (a common grocery item that is not always available when you need it)

Le secret:  Keep a watchful eye on the fries as they bake

Level of difficulty: Easier than making real French fries

Active prep time: 20 minutes 

Cooking time 15 minutes

Shortcuts: Skip the raspberry ketchup, or buy raspberry sauce (sometimes sold as coulis).

Advance work: Fries can be made up to a day in advance and stored in an airtight container. Ketchup can be made up to 2 days in advance.

Multiplicity: One batch of ketchup will usually last for up to 4 containers of fries

Music to cook by: Autour de Lucie, Faux Movement. Seductive French indie-pop.

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