I love apples. As a kid, apples were my favourite fruit.
But, then when I grew up, apples stopped being seasonal. With their all year round availability (and multiple varieties at that), they suddenly weren’t something I pined for. Now with the apple season in full swing, I’m reminded of the local, seasonal apples I grew up eating – not the shiny, waxed, supermarket ones. I’m thinking of making a whole bunch of things to cherish their versatility; starting with apple chips.
Apple chips make a very fun, light snack. The first time I made these I had such a great time asking everyone to guess what it was (made sure they didn’t resemble apples). Nobody could guess! Besides being a light snack, they are awesome added to a granola mix and make stunning garnishes for desserts as well.
2 gala or granny smith apples
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Turn the oven on its lowest setting (80C/175F)
Fill a bowl with 1 cup cold water and the lemon.
Holding a mandoline over the bowl, slice the apples, letting them fall in the water immediately. This prevents premature browning of the apples.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat and place the apple slices on the sheet after shaking off the excess liquid off it.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (this will make the apple slices brown though, so skip the cinnamon if you want them white).
Push it into the oven for 1.5-2 hours, until the apple slices are crisp. Try not to finish these in one go!
Update: If at the end of 2 hours, the chips are still soft, continue to bake them in the oven for another 1-2 hours. Depending on how large the slices are and how watery the apples are, it might just take a longer.