Ahhhh … So I’m back.
I went on a little mini hiatus last week and decided to opt out of updating my blog posts and, instead, traded it in for a thorough enjoyment of the fall weather and all the merriment that goes with it.
You see – updating blog posts is often what I look forward to in the week, being able to share life stories and homey recipes with you. However, sometimes updating blog posts requires a lot of work. And last week demanded time away from the screen. It was a delightful little break, much needed. We caught up on some quality Andy & Krystina time. We snuggled in and had long conversations. We took chilly walks outside. We read books and sang songs and kissed a little. (Okay – a lot.) And we did something extra special. We hopped in the car and drove to the coast where we visited a little town called Ipswich. Andy found his new ride.
We stumbled onto the quaintest farm where we dined on fresh cider donuts, watched creepy looking quail run about, and gathered heirloom apples.
We picked out pumpkins to carve and blasted potatoes out of high-power shooters. See that creepy laughing pumpkin in the background? I was trying to hit it in the face. Not so that I could win, but so that it would get that creepy grin off it’s face.
Even with all that fun, I have to say … it’s good to be back. I like sharing fun things with all of you.
So much so, I think I’ll start now.
Apple Chips … Let’s do this.
The victims: Apples, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sugar, and a pinch of Salt.
Grab a little bowl and throw in your cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and salt – then mix it all up.
Next, you have to slice your apples really thin. I used a mandolin on it’s thinnest setting. The thicker the slice, the longer it will take to crisp up (if at all). They will crisp so nicely if you slice them oober thin.
Now, take your apple slices and place them in a single layer on a few parchment-lined baking sheets.
Sprinkle the apples with a touch of your spice mixture and rub it into the apple with your fingers.
Stick them into a 200 degree oven for a half hour. Flip them. Let them bake for an additional half hour to an hour, depending on the slice of the apple. You want them to come out lightly browned and just about crispy.
The apple slices will continue to crisp up once out of the oven.
And there you have it! Apple Chips.
Eat them as a snack. Or dip them into your Pumpkin Cream Cheese you just got from Trader Joe’s. Or use them as a frisbee.
Skip the spices and just bake the apples straight up and you have a lovely sweet-tart addition to a green salad!
My friends? Enjoy!
Baked Apple Chips
(Adapted from A Cozy Kitchen)
1 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 200F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
In a small bowl, mix together spices and salt.
Crosswise, cut off both ends of each of the apples. There’s no need to core the apples. Using a mandoline (or sharp knife), slice the apples as thin as possible. (Approximately 1/16″ inch). Remove and discard any seeds from the apple slices.
Transfer the apple slices to the baking sheets, in a single layer, being sure they do not overlap. Sprinkle apple slices with a touch of the spice mixture. Rub it in with your fingers. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, then flip them over. Bake for another 30-60 minutes, or until crispy in appearance. Let cool and enjoy!