Dried apples are a healthy treat that are easy to make and 100% natural. Enjoy these crisp (or soft) apple 'chips' plain or add them to granola, dip them in peanut butter dip, walnut butter or dip them in melted chocolate for a treat.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2.5 - 3.4 hours
Makes: About 4 dozen apple slices or chips
Ingredients 4 cups water
3 lemons or 1/2 cup lemon juice
4 medium apples
Position your oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven; preheat to 90°C or as low as your oven goes. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine water and lemon juice in a medium bowl. (The lemon juice helps prevent browning.)
Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice the apples as thin as possible. I don't worry about coring or peeling as I think they look beautiful but if you wish you can.
Soak the slices in the lemon water for 30 minutes.
Drain and pat the slices as dry as possilbe. Place on the prepared baking sheets in a single layer.
Bake the slices on the upper and lower racks for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and turn each slice over. Bake for 1 more hour for soft dried apples or about 2 more hours for crispy apple chips. This depends on how thinly you have sliced the apples so keep checking.
Turn off the oven, crack the door open and leave the apples in the oven until the oven cools completely, 1 to 2 hours.
They are now ready. I like to seperate them into bags and take them to work or keep them stashed in my handbag for a snack on the go.
Store in an airtight for up to 1 week or refrigerate for up to 1 month.