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Thursday, October 18, 2012

autumn apple crisps

apple chips
october

the month has come and somehow is almost over. i know i talk about the season, the weather, the time passing often, but it's only because it is such a part of my everyday. and what has become part of my every october is apple picking. this year was slightly different in that i kept a lid on exactly how many we picked, the kind we picked, all with the thought in mind that we're travelling this week and like i said before, i'm kinda over the fruit.

so there we were on sunday, a blustery morning but sunny, me fighting with the wind and dw ahead of me. we're with friends, i'm trying to keep my potty mouth on the DL and all i really want to do is quality check every single pomme that is placed in the basket - i only want the small cute ones, firm to the touch, shiny to the eye, because unless they're camera worthy, they're not worthy. {because, all of sudden i was the walking editor for Vogue Apples or something...)

apple chips 2

the inevitable question is asked: whatever will i do with these gems? somehow saying that i wish to chuck them at people doesn't seem friendly so i simply say chips and call it a day. i had vague notions of sprinkling cinnamon or something on them but what ends up happening is we slice them with a mandolin, slap them on baking sheets and set them in the oven at the lowest possible temperature. the first night we didn't use parchment paper and the slices stuck like glue to the sheets. we also kinda sorta forgot about them & almost went to bed with the oven still on. the most recent batch tho? i jacked up the temp 50 degrees higher, flipped them when it struck my fancy and the end result was chewy and crispy and all sorts of naturally sweet.

this is the most lazy "recipe" ever.

autumn apple crisps

apple, we used ONE out of the bunch we picked, sliced thin as possible. place on parchment papered baking/cookie sheets. line them up, militant style, and bake on the lowest setting possible, or maybe 50F hotter.
optional: sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, cloves, nutmeg...
bake for 2 hours, or until crispy golden, all the moisture heated away, flip halfway thru but it's not necessary.

previous apple recipes:

apple chips 4

18 comments:

  1. I love lazy recipes, and I love the fact that you go into everything with a photographer's eye too!

    These beautiful apple crisps make me want to grab a bowl a blanket and watch the leaves fall.

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    1. lazy recipes for the WIN. and the scene you just described sounds so lovely.

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  2. I love your apple crisps! How scrumptious! (Having worked in fashion, I loved that line about Vogue Apples :) )

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  3. Vogue Apple :D

    I love apple chips, I use my dehydrator to make them, I could eat kilos...

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    1. i have thought about investing in a dehydrator! but that would mean i have to get rid of one kitchen toy...

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  4. I am primed to be converted to the small batch, especially after processing a bushel and a peck worth of apples into sauces and jams this year. What temp did you end up going with?

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    1. molly, i'm so sorry for the delay in response, i was on vacation last week.

      i'm home now and my lowest oven setting is 200F and the 2nd batch were at 250F.

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  5. Great idea !! I will prepare some of those for sure !
    ^_^

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  6. These look lovely -- what a great way to use apples! We haven't gone apple picking yet, so I don't feel like a proper New Englander this year. But now I want to go! All of the shots, but particularly the last one, are simply gorgeous, Lan!

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    1. thank you so much!
      we are back from vacation and we have a handful of apples left, i am so thankful we went conservative with our picking but now i am wracking my brain for ideas on what to with these gems that are past crisp but not yet reached full on chalky mushiness yet...

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  7. No don't chuck them at people...don't waste perfectly good food on annoying ppl! I love your pictures, as always!

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    1. you're right, of course. it would be a waste!

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