An Apple a Day…in a New Way!

October 21st, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Sweet, tart, crisp or crunchy – no matter what your preference, there’s a variety of apple that’s perfect for you! With flavors ranging from sweet tart, sharp tart, zesty, spicy sweet and honey-like to mellow sweet, apples are an amazing fall treat.

Our friends at Hy-Vee shared a great, easy recipe for Dried Apples the whole family can enjoy this fall to use all those delicious apples you picked at the orchard!

Dried Apples

Serves 8 (6 slices or chips each)

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes (or 3 hours 40 minutes)

All you need

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Hy-Vee lemon juice
  • 2 large apples, unpeeled if preferred

All you do

  1. Position rack in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 200 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine water and lemon juice in a medium bowl. (The lemon juice helps prevent browning.)
  3. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice 2 large apples as thin as possible, about 1/8-inch thick. (We skip peeling and coring because we like the look of the dried skins and the pretty pattern the core makes in the center.) Soak the slices in the lemon water for 30 minutes. Drain and pat as dry as possible with paper towels. Place on the prepared baking sheets in a single layer.
  4. Bake the slices on the upper and lower racks for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and turn each slice over; return the pans to the oven. Bake 1 more hour for soft dried apples or about 2 more hours for crispy apple chips. (Timing depends on your oven, the type of apple and thickness of the slices; check periodically and adjust the total time as needed.) Turn off the oven, crack the door and leave the apples in until the oven cools completely, 1 to 2 hours.

To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 1 week or refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Tip: For crispy apple chips, bake the apples about 1 hour more.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 29 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g protein.

Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

No Comments »

Leave a Reply

More Posts: