Prep 8 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
These are a favourite snack around here in the fall, and friends are always asking me to make them. I couldn't believe I couldn't find a recipe for them here. They're quick and easy, fairly healthy, and really take care of a sugar craving. I've always made them the same way, so if you find any good variations, let me know!
- Preheat oven to 200ºF.
- Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and let sit.
- Core the apple, and, with a slicer, slice it thin (absolutely no thicker than 1/8"), and dip the slices in diluted lemon juice (to prevent browning).
- Place the apple slices into the sugar-water solution, making sure that each slice gets coated. Let them soak for about 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness).
- Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with either parchment paper or a silicone mat (these can REALLY stick).
- Put them in the preheated oven for about an hour or until the slices are dry and crisp. Store in an airtight bag or container.
- Depending on the size of the apple, the 1 cup water/1 cup sugar will do 2- I multiply the recipe using that ratio for most apples.
These are absolutely awesome and taste just like those expensive apple chips you can buy in the stores. I used a mandolin to make super thin slices (2 mm) and sliced my Granny Smiths right into a bowl of Fruit Fresh and water to keep them from getting brown. The only thing I had problems with was getting the apples off the parchment. I would highly recommend turning the slices over while they are still a bit pliable then letting them finish drying, because they *will* stick like the dickens. I didn't think to turn them until they were already crispy, and by then the parchment was also crispy and brittle. Most of them came off okay but I ended up with a lot of ripped parchment and apple fragments. That being said, the end result was totally worth the effort. Light, crispy chips with just the right amount of sweetness - they couldn't be better! Next time I may try tossing a cinnamon stick into the simple syrup. Thanks for posting - I never would have dreamed making my own apple chips would be so easy!
I followed your recipe and they turned out great! The only difference I made was to add some cinnamon! Thanks for the recipe!!!
Even with some heavy modifications they still turned out. I only used about 1/8 cup sugar and probably went a little heavy on the lemon juice, and they still tasted good. I had meant to make extra to take to school but both trays disappeared while watching a movie, if that's any testament to the success. :) I used baking paper, and as long as I popped up the pieces right after coming out of the oven (thanks for the tip, Chilicat!), they didn't stick at all. Next time I would add cinnamon.