Appetizers & Snacks, Recipes

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple ChipsIt’s officially Fall!!  That makes me sooooo happy.  Now if someone can alert tinkerbell and her fairy buddies that it’s time to change our Cali weather to look and feel more like Fall, that would be fabuloso.  No?  Yeah, I know, silly.  Eh, weather shmeather…the heat isn’t going to stop me from celebrating in my own way.  I’ve been itching to post this Baked Apple Chip recipe, and what better time than the second day of Fall.  They are one of my favorite snacks to make during this season.  So let’s get to it!

Baked Apple ChipsStart with two or three apples.  I like Fuji, but any will do as long as they are fresh and crunchy.  Also, you will need a large bowl of cold water with the juice of half a lemon in it.  The lemon water helps keep the apples from turning brown, so don’t skip that step.

Baked Apple ChipsPeel one apple, remove the core.

From the top, cut the apple in half then slice off the top and bottom ends to create an even starting point for slicing.

Slice the two halves into thin slices.  As thin as possible!

Place the slices inside the bowl of water with the fresh lemon juice as you go.

Baked Apple ChipsRemove about half the bunch from the water onto a dry surface lined with paper towels.  Pat them dry, then sprinkle on a little ground cinnamon and gently toss the slices around by hand to get them evenly coated with the cinnamon.  Spread them out onto a cookie sheet and set them aside to air dry for an hour.  If you can put them near a window with a lot of sunlight, that would be best.

Baked Apple ChipsAfter an hour, flip them onto the other side.  Let them air dry another hour.

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees with the rack in the center of the oven.

Baked Apple ChipsBake for 45 minutes.  After 45 minutes, remove them from the oven and flip the slices over once more.  Bake another 45 minutes.

Baked Apple ChipsRemove them from the oven and let them cool down.

I wish I could tell you exactly how much this batch of apples measured in the end, but the truth is, we ate a few slices here and there before we baked them, and again after they came out of the oven.  I had to tell my daughter to stop eating them just to make sure I had enough to work with for these pictures.  Once I was done with taking pictures, we gobbled them all up in less than 24 hours.  They never last.

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips
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Serves: 2½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 or 3 fresh and crispy apples
  • juice from half a lemon (roughly 2 tablespoons or so)
  • 10 cups cold water in a large bowl
Instructions
  1. Add the lemon juice to the bowl of water. Set aside.
  2. Peel one apple, remove the core.
  3. From the top, cut the apple in half then slice off the top and bottom ends to create an even starting point for slicing. Slice the two halves into thin slices. As thin as possible! Place the slices inside the bowl of water with the fresh lemon juice as you go.
  4. Remove about half the bunch from the water onto a dry surface lined with paper towels. Pat them dry, then sprinkle on a little ground cinnamon and gently toss the slices around by hand to get them evenly coated with the cinnamon. Spread them out onto a cookie sheet and set them aside to air dry for an hour. If you can put them near a window with a lot of sunlight, that would be best.
  5. After an hour, flip them onto the other side. Let them air dry another hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees with the rack in the center of the oven.
  7. Bake the apple slices for 45 minutes.
  8. After 45 minutes, remove them from the oven and flip the slices over once more. Bake another 45 minutes.
  9. Remove them from the oven and let them cool down completely.