Sunday, November 7, 2010

Apple Chips

Tis the season for apples! So many varieties appear at the grocery store. Tourist spots like Apple Hill get a mad rush of people that loves apples (or so I hear).
Hubby's parents dropped off a couple paper grocery sacks of apples from their yard. Wanting to preserve them, I stumbled upon this recipe by Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli.
Yes, we do have a food dehydrator. I had no problem drying these out in the oven since it only gets up to 200 degrees F. Plus, I don't much care for cleaning the dehydrator's racks.
These apple chips were really easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to soak in the sugar water then wait for the oven to cool off and them to be ready. Good flavor, and good color all remains. I'm not sure how it would be with less sugar, but with apples on sale, it couldn't hurt to try!

Apple Chips
(recipe by Alex Guarnaschelli)

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 or 3 lemons
2 small- medium apples washed and tried(I used one small and one medium, filled my cookie sheets perfectly)

In a small pot, bring the water and sugar to a slow boil, stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Core the apples and then slice them thinly with a mandoline. Leave those skins on! It adds a nice pop of color to the finished chip.
As you slice the apples, dribble some lemon juice over them to keep from browning (oxidizing). Once they are all sliced and the sugar syrup has cooled off, pour the syrup into a baking dish (I used one a little smaller than my 9x13in. Place the apples in gently, make sure they are covered by the sugar syrup. They will have to overlap, that's fine, just make sure there is syrup between the pieces.
Let them sit for a few hours- or overnight.
The next morning, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Very lightly dry the apple slices on a paper towel then lay them out in one layer- not touching. Bake for 1 hour, or until crispy. Turn off the oven and leave the apple chips in there until everything has cooled off. This will ensure they have dried out.
Store in an airtight container, or just eat them! Enjoy!

This wonderful recipe is linked up at:


  1. So after they have soaked in the sugar syrup, do you just drain the syrup and put them on the baking tray or do you put syrup and all on the baking tray? I can't quite picture it. They sound wonderful! I would love to try them with less sugar or to use splenda. Thanks!

  2. I love apple chips so much. Oh how I wish I had a food dehydrator so I could make these to my heart's delight.

  3. Your apple chips look so yummy. I think I will give them a try. Thank you for sharing you recipe.
    Miz Helen

  4. I was just talking about apple chips today. These look delicious.

  5. These would be delicious, thanks. They also look crunchy instead of leathery, I would think over time they might become leathery, which is an observation about dried foods, not your wonderful recipe! Once leathery, they make a great dried apple pie.

  6. Slapping my forehead! I had a million apples from my tree just a few weeks ago. This looks yummy. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  7. I love all things apple! And, you know I made some apple chips earlier this year and had no idea there was a "recipe" for them. I just cut them up, stuck them on the dehydrator rack and dried them. Interesting now to see that you soaked in sugar and the lemon - never did either, but mine are fine and not brown too! I'll have to try it this way next time. I like to use the apple chips in my homemade apple pie larabars.

    Thanks for sharing with Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday!

    Dr. Laura