Apple Chips

Fall is definitely in the air in Northern California! A storm is sweeping in overnight which means snow in the Sierras. Good news for skiers, not so good news for my parent’s garden. Luckily my dad watches the weather channel religiously, and got a head start picking the remaining apples off the trees. Consequently I ended up with a nice boxful of the loot and have been finding creative ways to consume the fruit. I ran across an apple chip recipe that I decided to give a try. I was delightfully surprised with the crispy, crunchy, light, sweet, tangy chips!

I started by prepping the apples. I have this fantastic de Buyer mandoline that works wonders. I sliced through the apples with ease.

Then I dipped the slices in a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar. From there they went on a sheet pan and baked until crispy and brown.

Recipe: (adapted from the blog The Italian Dishhttp://theitaliandishblog.com/imported-20090913150324/2012/1/2/homemade-apple-chips.html

3-4 medium apples
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 225 F degrees.  Prep 2 cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

Use a mandoline to slice the apples as thinly as possible. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, then dip the apple slices lightly in the mixture to coat.  Spread the slices on the cookies sheets in a single layer.  Bake for 45 minutes then flip with tongs or a spatula. Bake for another 45 – 60 minutes until brown and crisp.  Transfer to a rack to cool.

Mom’s Apple Crisp

Sorry for my negligence this past month or so! My best friend just got married and the weekends have been filled with all sorts of wedding related events. Since the wedding was near my parent’s house, I had a chance to stop by over the weekend. My mom and dad have several apple trees that are laden with fruit this time of year. My mom has been cranking out apple sauce, apple pies, and other apple treats. I lucked out because a fresh  apple crisp was sitting on the counter when I got home.

My mom and I use the same crisp recipe, so you can find the recipe under my strawberry/rhubarb crisp post. Just replace the strawberries/rhubarb with apples and a sprinkling of cinnamon. My mom also added some shredded coconut to her topping to give it an extra crunch when it browned in the oven. This crisp was sooooo good!!!!

Recipe (replace the strawberry/rhubarb with apples)! If you want to use a 9×13″ pan like my mom did, just double the recipe

https://chicknhen.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/strawberry-rhubarb-crisp/