Friday, November 11, 2011

Baked Apple Chips

This is a totally different recipe than what I normally make. It was fun and turned out great! Also, they make your house smell fantastic- so fall! 



As I may or may not have mentioned before, I work with the 12-18 year old girls at church. Every Wednesday we have an activity for them usually crafts, sports, service project or the like. This week we had a lesson on nutrition from a friend of mine who is a certified dietitian. 


So obviously, I couldn't bring baked s'mores or pumpkin chocolate chips bars. This friend happened to have "pinned" this baked apple chips recipe on pinterest and I was intrigued. That sounded different and healthy and something fun for my readers so I gave it a go. 


It is beyond easy since it only has ONE ingredient: APPLES! 


So you start with 4 medium sized apples for one batch of apple chips. The biggest decision you have to make for these is what kind of apples to use.


I used Gala because that is what I already had on hand but they were very sweet. So if you prefer more of a tart apple choose Pink Lady or Granny Smith. 




Wash your apples and then remove the core. The easiest way is probably with an apple corer like this one. The way I did it is with what I already had in my kitchen: a knife and a jalapeno corer....don't think I am crazy just look:
The reason I used these tools was to keep as much of the apple as possible. If you try to just use a knife you will end up losing half of your good apple. See how little I actually took out? But I was apple to remove all the inedible parts. This is the jalapeno corer I used and have mentioned before. 


So no matter how you do it, remove the core and leave as much apple as possible. 


Next you want to thinly slice your apples for the chips. Again, a mandoline slicer would make this process much faster and easier but you could do it by hand too. Just make sure your chips are thin enough and all the same size so they bake evenly and quickly. 


Run the apple over the mandoline be careful of your fingers!! Just try it a few times to see the thickness level. 



 These were the first few I did and they are too thick. 

 Next thinnest level- much better! 

Can you see the difference? You want the thinner ones on the left. 

Slice the first 2 apples and then place them on your parchment lined baking sheet. 
Only do 2 at first so you can see how many you can fit on your baking sheet.


I think I was able to fit about 3 1/2 apples on one large baking sheet and 2 small jellyroll pans.

Now you can dust these with cinnamon if you want. Everyone loved the ones with cinnamon and the ones without. Honestly, I liked the plain better but perhaps cinnamon would pair better with one of the more tart apples. 


Bake in the oven at 275 for 45 minutes and then flip chips over and bake for an additional 45 minutes.
These are halfway, starting to curl but not crunchy yet. 

After 1.5 hours mine were starting to be very brown so I took them out and let them cool a few minutes before breaking one in half to make sure they were crunchy and not chewy. Mine were done at that point. Yours might need longer if they are thicker or your oven isn't as hot as mine. Make sure they cool a few minutes before testing for crunchiness level though-mine still felt pliable when they first came out but after a few minutes they were adequately crunchy. 

That's it! These are a great healthy snack for kids and adults alike! 


Baked Apple Chips
recipe via pinterest from Delighted Momma


Makes about 50 chips


Ingredients
4 medium apples of your choice 
cinnamon, if desired


Directions 


Preheat oven to 275 degrees.


Wash apples. Remove apple core using apple corer or knife, carefully. Slice thinly and evenly using a mandoline slicer or by hand. 


Place sliced apples in a single layer on 2 large  parchment lined baking sheets and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. 


Bake for 45 minutes before removing and flipping apples over (also switch baking sheets on racks for good measure). 


Bake for another 45 minutes.


Remove and let cool for 5-10 minutes before testing to make sure chips are crispy and not pliable. If still chewy/pliable bake additional 15-30 minutes. 


Enjoy!


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