Good Morning, everyone! I don’t know about you, but with all this Halloween candy lying around the house and with all these pumpkin goodies I’m making, I need healthy snacks! The scale has determined that for me! Ha! So, I decided to try making some oven-dried fruit, starting with apples. I chose apples because we all love them, we usually have them on hand, and living in Oregon, we have access to really fresh delicious ones! So, away I went!
I was a little confused at first as to what they should look like or what they should taste like, but after reading a few blogs and websites, I got my answer : “they should have a similar texture to a raisin- a little moist still, but mostly dry and chewy.” So, I kept mine in the oven until they were that way! Your drying/cooking times will probably vary because it depends on the kind of apple and the thickness of the pieces. It is important to cut your apple slices to the same thickness so they all have the same drying times….unless you don’t care in which case you don’t have to pull your hair out worrying about this like I did.
Once mine were all done, my daughter LOVED these. Seriously. She almost ate the entire batch. And, my husband said “Wow. These have good flavor!” which is really unlike him to give me more feedback besides “these are good”–so you know they have to be great (not to mention healthy)! Of course I added a little cinnamon and sugar, but it’s for the greater good. I promise.
If you have the time to make these, then these Oven Dried Apples will certainly make a great snack on their own or delicious accompaniment to granola! I did that a few times for breakfast and it was mighty tasty! So, be sure to make these some time this season! You’ll feel good about eating them and about feeding them to your kids! Happy baking :)
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Oven Dried Cinnamon Apples
yield: 1 1/2 cups dried fruit
2 large apples (any kind)
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1-1/2 tablespoons)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet and set aside. Peel apples and slice (however you like) to desired thickness (around 1/8 inch). Place into large bowl and toss with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon until all apples are evenly coated. (If you don’t want a slight lemon flavor in your apples, you can soak them in water and lemon juice first for 2-3 minutes, remove, pat dry and then coat in cinnamon and sugar.) Place onto prepared racks in a single layer. Bake 45 minutes, turning apples half way through. Turn off oven and keep apples in hot oven for 2-3 hours or until desired texture is reached. Apples should be done when they are pliable, (not crispy!) slightly sticky (from the sugar) and completely dry to the touch. Remove from oven and store in air tight containers.