Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
After Apple-Picking – Robert Frost
Being the family that we are, each of us likes a different variety of apple. B likes the sweet Fuji; C1, the crisp Jazz; C2, the tart Granny Smith; and I, the blushing Pink Lady.
But, when it comes to pears, we zero in on this pair of pears for munching: the old faithful Packham and the pretty Corella (the Beurre Bosc are for poaching in wine and star anise).
Seeing our fruit bowl full of apples and pears, I decided to make a healthy snack for the kids’ recess boxes. These Apple and Pear Chips are what eventuated. Healthy, cheap and easy as – or should I say, far easier than – Apple Pie!
2 apples or pears, any variety
* Wash and dry the fruit.
* Preheat your oven to its lowest setting. Mine goes down to 100°C.
* Line two or three baking sheets with baking paper.
* Using the finest blade option on a mandolin, slice the apples or pears. Mine were 1.5mm fine.
* You can choose to core the apples before you slice them (apple pips should never be eaten), but I like the “star” in the centre of each fruit.
* Arrange the slices on the baking sheets, taking care not to overlap.
* Bake for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Flip over each chip.
Bake again for another 20-30 minutes.
* Switch off the oven. Leave the fruit chips in there for another 10 minutes to crisp up.
* Store in an air-tight container.
The low temperature is a must.
Caution: Please be very careful while using a mandolin, or you could easily slice off a finger.
You can slice the apples and pears very carefully with a knife, but you won’t get wafer-thin slices.
Try a different variety of apple /pear and see which one gives you a crisper or sweeter chip.
As for me, Pear Chips using Beurre Bosc or Corella Pears are the BOMB! I love the gritty texture, plus the sugars seem to intensify when baked. We scoffed them down in a flash!
However, my Pineapple Chips didn’t crisp up as much – perhaps they needed more time in the oven?
Next on the agenda, I’m going to try savoury varieties – zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato with some paprika and sea salt. Will keep you posted…
So tell me, what’s your favourite type of apple or pear? Does your family differ in their tastes and wants for different fruit? Any tips for healthy snack ideas? And what apple or pear recipes make you drool?