The grocery store has apples on sale, and I just couldn't resist! I bought a big bag of them, and wanted to make apple chips.
I've tried to make apple chips in the past, and they've been OK. I don't think there is such a thing as a 'bad' apple chip. But I want my apple chips to be CRISP and CRUNCHY, and that has so far eluded me.
This time I borrowed a mandolin slicer so I could get the apples wafer-thin. Then I found this recipe on the Food Network that suggested soaking the apple slices in a syrup to help them get really crispy.
So I took 2 cups of water and only 1 cup of sugar (the recipe called for 1 and a 1/2), and then added cinnamon and a vanilla bean. Then I soaked the apple slices in that for a few hours, and dried them.
Thankfully they don't taste overly sweet - there's just a nice touch of vanilla-cinnamon-goodness. I think cutting them as thinly as possible was really responsible for the level of crunchiness I was able to get this time.
Voilà! Delicious apple chips!
I saved the apple syrup and think we might be able to suffer through using it up by adding vodka and turning it into a mixed drink. That will help us stay warm on these cold winter nights.