Saturday, September 29, 2012

Apple Chips Fresh off the Tree

To celebrate this most glorious season, two girlfriends and I went to a farm to pick apples, eat donuts and ice cream, and act like we were kids again.

My friend put together this awesome photo collage that I couldn't resist sharing. That's me in the middle!

We drove up to Smolak Farm, a farm not too far north of us and scoured the trees for the perfect apples.   Yes, we climbed a few trees to reach the untouched apples at the top!

Bags of apples in hand, we waited in two tremendously long and slow lines to buy a half dozen cider donuts and ice cream before heading home with our spoils. The treats were well worth the wait!

Our hand-picked apples were just what we needed to bring in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Traditionally, Jews eat apples and honey to foster a sweet next year.

For a simple and honestly healthy snack, I sliced, spiced and baked up my own apple chips. One apple yields a cookie sheet full of sweet thin chips!

Apple Chips (recipe inspired by Baked by Rachel)
  • 1 apple
  • Spices of choice (I tried a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice apple into very thin slices (use a mandolin if you have it - I just tried my best with a sharp knife... the goal is lots of thin apple pieces and a few perfect looking apple slices if you're lucky)
  • Scrape out any seeds if necessary
  • Spread apples out on baking sheet — Do Not Overlap! They will stick together in the oven
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, a teaspoon of sugar, and/or any spices you prefer
  • Bake for one hour, remove from oven and lift apples off sheet (to prevent further sticking - you can do this with prongs or your fingers) and return to the oven for another hour or until the apples feel dry
Happy (Healthy) Baking!

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