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Friday, 17 August 2007

A is for Apple

hanging apple1

Get ready for an overdose of apples! Ours are ripe and ready for picking. Now the question is what am I going to do with them all?

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B is for Baking
Many moons ago, on a trip to San Francisco, I saw a mandoline on sale in one of the department stores. It was another piece of kitchen equipment bought to gather dust at the back of a cupboard.
Well, no more! What better way than to put it to use on my apples and make some apple chips. Just slice the apples and dip in some lemon water, place on a Silpat sheet and bake in a very low oven for 1-2 hours. Easy!

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C is for Chips
Keep apple chips in an airtight container and eat within a few days.
Oh, and if you are going to use a mandolin, please use the guard, bits of sliced finger need a different oven temperature to the apples.... I know!

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Celia Hart said...

Those apples look fabulous! and so do the chips.
The apples in the bucket look similar to ones in my mother's garden - are they really juicy? Her apple tree is a Laxton's Fortune (there are other Laxton's varieties). The deep red apples on the left could be Discovery.

Lovely healthy looking trees!

Marie Rayner said...

Wonderful entry Nic. We dry our apples back home. We peel them, core them, cut them into slices, string them up and hang them behind the wood stove for several days. Then we pop them into bags and we have lovely dried apples to make pies with in the winter or just to munch on! If you want them to stay white you can soak them in some acidulated water first.

Anonymous said...

I usually don't like apple chips because they're too soft in the middle, but these look crispy and just right!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I want those apple chips! Lots of them! :)

Jim said...

Whoa, those look really good! Cool recipe.

Fiber said...

I know what you mean about sliced finger bits. I think I used my mandoline all of 3 minutes before I sliced mine! =)
These apple chips look great!

Nic said...

Celia - they are quite juicy and very sweet!

Marie - great way to dry apples, now if only I had a wood stove....!

Hillary - they are very crispy, but you need to eat them within a couple of days, or they'll get soft.

Thanks Patricia and Jim!!

Fiber - I'm so glad I'm not the only one to do that! And this was my first time using the mandolin too, but I think I made it just past 3 minutes, so you win!!!

Desde mi Atalaya said...

Nicisme, your blog is beautiful, i loved!!

Anonymous said...

What a cool idea - thank you!!