Ever so often, I hit on a new family favourite while making something completely different. Recently, I baked an apple spice birthday cake for my husband Chek. I thought hard about how to decorate it in a "masculine" way (which is always a challenge for me!). Chek's birthday cakes usually end up looking quite feminine despite my best efforts! Anyway, I decided to make it rustic this year. Looking through google at rustic cakes gave me the idea of using apple chips to decorate the cake. I can't find store-bought apple chips where I live, so I decided to try making them myself, with a simple recipe I found from The Healthy Maven, which yielded disproportionately amazing results.
Home-Made Baked Apple Chips
Apple corer or teaspoon
Sharp Slicing Knife
Prep Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Bake Time: 2 hours (another 2 hours to crisp up)
Apples (I usually do 4 apples at a time, and use 2 trays)
Pre-heat oven to 120 deg Celsius
Core the apples. You may use an apple corer. I don’t have an apple corer, so I use a teaspoon. Just cut the apple into half, then use the teaspoon to carve out the core. It’s simple and fast!
Use a sharp slicing knife to slice apples thinly.
Line baking trays with parchment paper, then place sliced apples on them. Make sure apple slices do not overlap.
Place trays into oven and bake for one hour.
After an hour, turn all the apple slices over, then bake for another hour.
The apple slices will still be a little soft after an hour, but not to worry. Switch off the oven ad leave the trays in the oven for another 1 to 2 hours.
The original recipe from The Healthy Maven included cinnamon. Just sprinkle on the apple slices on each side, then baked.
If these are used to decorate a cake, sprinkling some edible glitter on apple chips will really pretty them up.
As with all chips, apple chips should be stored in an air-tight container.
I can’t tell you how long they last. In our house, we finish all the chips within a couple of days!