Is there a secret to coring apples? Please tell me that there is and I’m doing it wrong. I have an apple corer and I can never get it to go in through the stem and out through the bottom–it always goes out slightly to the side of the bottom and then I have to core my apples twice. And twice-cored apples are not as nice looking as once-cored apples.
I made apple chips for Henry Happened last fall and I decided to revisit that idea, but with the addition of chai spices–cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and just a pinch of cloves. Instead of baking the apples until they were crispy, I baked them until they were soft and chewy. Erin from Texanerin Baking posted chewy apple chips last year and I wanted to see if I could make my recipe chewy too. Because the only descriptor I like more than spiced is chewy. Chewy is never not good! Yes, I said never not!
Apple rings and chips are really simple to make at home. While it’s nice to have a dehydrator for these sorts of things, you don’t need one–an oven set at a low temperature works too. When you make your own dried fruit, you can avoid adding sugar (a lot of dried fruit has added sugar!) and sulfites. Sulfites are added to dried fruit to help make it last longer, but they can be a trigger for migraines, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. So homemade dried fruit might not last as long as the kind you buy at the store, but it’s so tasty, you’ll probably want to eat it all within a day or two anyway. (Maybe even within an hour or two.)
This recipe is easy to double; just make sure you rotate the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. The baking time can vary depending on how thick your slices are, so check your apple rings often!
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