Homemade apple chips are the perfect go-to in your desk drawer at work (better than M & M’s) and they’re easy to sneak into the movie theater (better than ten dollar M & M’s).
You don’t need a dehydrator, you can make them at home in your oven. Some people use sugar, but I prefer honey.
2 cups water
2 cups clover honey
2 large apples or 3 small ones (Jazz apples are great right now!)
Sprinkle Cinnamon (preferential)
Sprinkle Ground Clove (preferential)
Set your oven to 250 degrees F.
Making the simple syrup:
Pour the two cups of water and honey into a pan, and bring it to a boil. Stir it once the mixture comes to a boil. You don’t want the honey to stick to the bottom. Set aside.
You want your slices to be 1/16 of an inch. If you cut them wider, they’ll take much longer to crisp. You can core your apple and then use a mandoline to make thin slices. Cut the apple in half. Chop off your rounded ends, and start slicing (just watch your fingers).
Place the apples in the honey mixture and let them soak for 10 minutes. Make sure all are coated.
Using tongs lift the apples from the syrup, shake off the excess and place them on the parchment paper. Don’t overlap. You should have enough for two trays.
Add your spice if you choose to do so.
Place one tray on the middle rung and the other on the top.
Cook for about 30 minutes, and then rotate the trays. Cook for another 30 minutes.
Check on them. When they are finished they will look golden brown and will be crisp to the taste. They will harden once removed from the oven.