Right now I’m trying to imagine who you are, you who is reading this post. I wonder if you are having a hard day, or maybe an extraordinarily good one. I wonder if you are passionate about food, or just starting to become interested in it. Maybe you’re an incredible cook, or maybe you’re like me when I started cooking: completely clueless about where to begin. You might be passionate about healthy living and eating natural foods, or maybe you just stopped by here on a whim from a random link somewhere out there in the Internet ether.
Whatever the case, I honestly wish I could have a conversation with you, ask how your day was, what’s on your mind, what you’re passionate about, what makes you tick. Instead, I continue to write posts not knowing exactly who you are, hoping that whatever we’ve written about might resonate with you, that you might make a recipe and find it tasty, that it might in some way touch you and your family. In some ways it’s a little unsettling writing for people you don’t know, but in other ways it’s exciting, knowing that the Internet has this way to bind people together who wouldn’t normally have even known one other. Thank you to those of you who kindly leave little notes to us, becoming part of the dialog too – we are so grateful.
If you’re looking for a little recipe that’s a fun project, fairly easy, and makes your house smell divine, look no further than these apple chips. A mandoline is almost critical to success (not the instrument, the sharp slicing device), so consider finding one for the job of slicing the apples as thin as possible. Aside from figuring out how to use your mandoline, there’s not much else to this recipe – douse in cinnamon and bake for a few hours. They’re a wonderful snack that’s crisp and sweet – the only problem is that we can eat an entire jar in a fraction of the time it took to prepare them.
For now, I’ll sit in the kitchen as the cinnamon scent of these apples wafts in, wishing kind thoughts and comforting smells to each of you who read this.
- 4 apples (crisp apples work best)
- Parchment paper
- Ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 225F.
- Wash the apples, then slice them as thinly as possible using a mandoline (or very sharp knife). Leave the cores in the apples; remove any seeds as you cut.
- Line baking trays with parchment paper. Lay the apples on the tray in a single layer, as close a possible without touching. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake for 1 to 2 hours, until as crisp as desired (a shorter baking time yields a chewier chip; baking time also depends on the thickness of the chip).