Baked Apple Chips!
I have always loved apple chips… ever since I was a child! I remember tugging on my mom’s sleeve in the grocery store, begging her to get me a bag of apple chips. So when I came across a recipe for baked apple chips, I jumped at the opportunity. I had a couple of fuji apples sitting in my fridge, so I grabbed them out of the crisper to use for the apple chips.
For this recipe, use whatever apples you enjoy! The best apples are those that are crisp and not grainy. The only issues I had with the recipe was that some of the apple chips needed more baking time (but my oven isn’t the best). If this happens to you, don’t worry, just stick them back in the oven for 10 minute increments.
2 Large Fuji Apples (or the apple of your choice)
Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
- For 2 large apples, I used 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water
Lemon juice (optional… just to prevent browning)
That’s all! Simple enough?
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. While the oven is preheating… wash, dry, and quarter the apples (don’t forget to remove the cores). Next, slice the apples thinly. I used a Japanese mandolin (they’re pretty handy, but can be dangerous… so use with caution) to slice things evenly, but you don’t need one.
Japanese mandolins can be found at your local international grocery, or online: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=japanese+mandolin&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=15701768899162409279&ei=x8H_TKTMG4aBlAetxp3fCA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CD0Q8wIwAg#
Once the apples are sliced, start your simple syrup. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil while constantly stirring over medium heat. Once the simple syrup comes to a boil, turn off the heat and submerge each apple slice into the simple syrup. Transfer the slices onto a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the slices are golden brown. Let them cool for 5 or 10 minutes and test one to see if it breaks apart when you bend it. If it breaks apart (like a chip) they are ready. If it bends into an arch (like fruit leather), put the apple slices back into the oven for an addition 10 minutes (keep placing back in the oven in 10 minute increments if necessary). Let them cool and enjoy!