March 4, 2010

Just What The Doctor Ordered ~ Baked Apple Chips!


I sometimes think I could subsist on snacks, but then sense kicks in and I know that thankfully it’s just a temporary phase. The fact still remains that I do get these cravings, usually at tea time for something crunchy to munch on.
Unfortunately for me, most crunchy munches are invariably the kind that either head straight for my hips or else gently coat my blood vessels.
Sure there are plenty of healthy alternatives like carrot sticks and cucumbers. I may be a vegetarian, but you wouldn’t find me looking very happy when faced with eating raw vegetables. And who ever heard of anyone having raw vegetables with their tea, anyway?
Then of course, I could make healthy chivda, oven baked fries and some of that stuff. Much as I enjoy these, there are sometimes when I have to honestly admit to myself that they’re not a patch on the original deep-fried versions.

And what about fruit then? Fruit? With tea? Really!
If you want to have fruit with tea, it usually needs to be propped up and padded with butter, flour, sugar and cream maybe. This is a wonderful way to eat fruit (think apple pie, for one) but I am looking at a healthy snacking option.
And I found it sometime back in baked apple chips. Funnily enough, at the time I came across it, the apple chips were decorating a calorie laden confection. I stuck the idea in some corner of my mind and then eventually forgot all about it till last week.

I have previously mentioned that I’ve joined a couple of photography groups on Flickr and one of the group assignments required us to shoot an apple. How we envisaged the apple and presented it was up to us, but it had to be apple.
So I was thinking about how to go about this in a different manner from the usual when the baked apple chips popped into my mind.




The result of the photography exercise was the proverbial “two birds with one stone” thing. I got a picture that I was reasonably pleased with and a healthy and crunchy snack as well. In fact, just what the doctor would have ordered, if he knew about these crisp apple chips!

They’re fruit, minimally sweet and satisfyingly crunchy. They don’t take too much effort to make. I spent more time trying to get a good shot than I spent slicing the apples.



Ingredients:


2 apples (I used Red Delicious)

3 tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder



Method:


Mix the sugar and cinnamon powder in a small bowl and keep aside. Line your baking trays with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Now lightly sprinkle half of the cinnamom-sugar evenly on the prepared trays.

Wash and dry the apples. Cut off a thin slice off the top and the bottom of each apple. Slice them as thinly as you can, using a sharp knife or a mandoline. You may choose to core the apples before slicing them. I didn’t because I like the pretty flower-like pattern the seeds make in the baked chips.

You can use lemon juice here to prevent the slices from discoloring. I didn’t find the need to do so. And the chips turn brown with cinnamon and the baking anyways.

Lay the slices in a single layer, close to each other, on top of the sugar sprinkled trays. Sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly on the apple slices.

Bake them at 120C for about 2 hours till they’re dry and crisp. This recipe makes a big bowl full of apple chips.
If you can resist eating them all, store in an airtight container. Baked apple chips can also be used to decorate desserts.




If you would like something more substantial with your tea, then these Crunchy Peanut Hearts I made for Ria as a gift might be more to your liking. Enjoy!

On an aside, my monthly post at The Daily Tiffin is up. If getting your children to eat healthy food is something is always on your mind, then perhaps you would like to read about my experiences with this - "When Popeye Doesn’t Quite Help Them Eat Spinach!"


21 comments:

Jayashree said...

Nice pic. Sounds real easy to make.

The Cooking Ninja said...

I love your apple chips. :) Simple and easy to do. Will try them out. :)

Sayantani said...

sounds real easy and looks quite crunchy. lovely recipe.

Happy Cook said...

Love the idea of baked apples.

simply.food said...

Apple chips sound healthy and deliciois beautiful click.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

The Apple crisps are looking very thin and yummy!!! infact very healthy too!!! Would love to try my hands on it!!!

Madhuri said...

Unique and healthy.Loved it

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I have always wanted to make apple chips - thanks so much for teaching us how!

Manggy said...

They do in fact look red and delicious :) I think these can also be accomplished in a microwave :)

Asha @ FSK said...

Me like apple chips! :) I tried makin them once and burnt them .. hehe

Priya said...

Apple chips looks fantastic, unique and prefect snacks to munch out..

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Cool idea! And they look gorgeous! I think our kdis would love these.

sra said...

So very beautiful!

BangaloreBaker said...

I had made apple chips using Alex (food network) recipe and it had turned awesome. I wasn't blogging then. But it is about 10 hours of process and yours looks pretty fast. Should try this and nice clicks.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Been meaning to try these for ages...they look lovely. And healthy. I have recently tried to make strawberry chips - first time around, they worked in the microwave....and then I tried an oven version and they didn't. Just may try apple this weekend!

Zoë said...

Just gorgeous... makes me want to get creative with the parsnips at the bottom of the fridge!

Bonnie said...

I love this! Love the simplicity of the recipe and photography and that it's healthy too! This will certainly be on my need-to-make list and I look forward to blogging about it too!

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Nandita said...

Aparna,
Firstly lovely pics!
I saw these dried apple chips in the Kashmiri dried fruit stalls at the Numaish exhibition here in Hyd - the stall owner tried convincing me to buy them saying they are good for the heart etc -but i told him i'll take the juicy fresh apples anyday to protect my heart.
Then tasted these at a friend's place who had bought them chips from the same exhibition, he fried them with some masala sold by the same stall, and I didn't find them too great - but your method of apple with cinnamon and sugar seems very likable - I want to try it out :)

Asha said...

Love dried fruits. I always buy and keep it on the counter when 4pm cravings hit. Better to eat these than Chaklis! :D

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bake in paris said...

I always crave for apple chips but they are just too pricey in the supermarket. Well, that is mostly due to imported apple chips. Again, I was wondering why don't they produce such abundantly available fruits into chips locally? Well, now I can stop wondering and just bake following your recipe, can't I? Thanks so much for sharing.....

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Aparna S Mallya said...

Hi Aparna,
This looks like such an easy, healthy and delicious snack. Will definitely try it. How long do they last? (if not eaten!)