|Light and crispy Cinnamon Apple Chips are addictive!|
If you have ever tossed a bag of Seneca Apple Chips into your grocery cart (and even if you haven’t) you are in for a treat. Unlike the commercial variety, which are fried, these crispy apple chips are free of fats and oils and so easy to make. Any kind of apple works. This recipe works best with a mandoline slicer and a dehydrator. Both tools are easily picked up at yard sales. Just be sure the mandoline includes a hand guard and the dehydrator has an adjustable thermostat and fan. Alternate directions for using a sharp knife and your oven are provided.
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 apples, washed
1 – 2 Tbs. ground cinnamon
Make syrup: heat water in a 4-cup saucepan to boiling. Turn heat to low, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Keep pan on lowest heat.
Using a mandoline slice the apples into 1/8-inch slices.
|My new toy: a Swissmar Borner V-power mandoline in red. It slices like a dream! One apple becomes dozens of chips in less than a minute.|
Dip a few slices at a time in the syrup and place on dehydrator trays. Sprinkle cinnamon over slices and dehydrate at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for about 6 hours, until light and crispy.
|Ground cinnamon makes these chips so tasty! Remove chips from dehydrator trays while warm, but do not close the container until they have had a few minutes to cool. This allows heat and moisture to escape and keeps your chips crisp.|
Allow to cool; enjoy! In the unlikely event of leftovers, completely cooled chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a month. If they soften, you can re-crisp them in the dehydrator.
Yield: 1 quart (8 servings)
Make syrup as above and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to lowest setting possible, usually 150 – 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a small, sharp knife to slice apples as evenly as possible into 1/8-inch slices. Dip a few slices at a time in the syrup and arrange on prepared baking sheets without overlapping. Sprinkle cinnamon over slices. Bake in preheated oven for about 90 minutes, flipping slices over about halfway through. Allow to cool; enjoy!