Apples, for us, is a comfort food. Think about it, you can enjoy apples in a variety of ways – fresh, baked, fried, in a pie, pastry, in waffles or cake or cookies, as a drink, as alcohol, etc. Apparently, there are over 7,000 varieties of apples out there and out of those 7,000 varieties you have endless possibilities to transform a humble apple to anything you like. Friends of ours have been living in Asia for several years now and one of their treats when they miss home is a bag of apples from their local Western store. We don’t even take a second look at the variety of apples we have here in our local stores, but as for our friends in Asia, they have all of just a couple of types of apples to choose from. And they have to pay an arm and a leg for it. At home, we always have a bowl of apples. In our lunch bags for work, we always pack an apple because you know what they say “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” We love, love, love apples. So recently we decided to try making homemade apple chips. Not only was it easy to make, it makes for a tasty and healthy treat too just like kale chips! Here’s a how to guide for you if you want to try making your own apple chips:
- 3 apples (Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honey Crisp)
- ground cinnamon*
- granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 200F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- Wash and thinly slice the apples. Spread the apple slices onto the baking pans making 1 single layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake for 1 hour, flip the apples over, and bake for another 1-1.5 hours. Turn the oven off and keep the apples inside as the oven cools down for 1 hour. This will help them get crunchy. Some apples may just be chewy and only slightly crunchy after 3 hours in the oven. Store apple chips at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.