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Food

Shut Up And Cook: Cinnamon Apple Crisp

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I remember taking an autumn field trip as a kid. We loaded on and off that big yellow school bus. We gazed at the changing leaves-the brilliant fall colors that had been touched by Mother Nature. I distinctly recall the chill in the air and the realization that it was fall, and that Halloween was coming. Remembering that day like yesterday, I found myself one autumn afternoon wanting to re-create the warmth of apple crisps for my kids. The problem was that I only had a few large green apples in the house. I wondered what would happen if I baked them.

The result was this wonderful snack. This recipe will surely become a family favorite–as a snack for kids and for adults, for that cozy feeling. These apple chips warm the heart and soul. They might bring you back in time as well– to a day you felt the chill of winter approaching, and warmth of cinnamon snack.

Yield about 15 to 20 crisps

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (Honeycrisp is my favorite), unpeeled
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

Method Of Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. I love using my mandolin to slice the apple-it gets them nice and thin. If you don’t have one, use a good, sharp knife to slice the rounds very thinly. Just be careful not to cut yourself. Slice the entire apple into rounds. Place the apple slices side by side onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, being sure they do not overlap.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the syrup and cinnamon. Brush the apple rounds on both sides with syrup and cinnamon mixture. Transfer the rounds to the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. At the 1-hour mark, remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the apple rounds over. Turn the oven down to 200 degrees F and bake for an additional hour. Remove the apples from the oven and allow to cool. They’ll get crispier as they cool. Sprinkle a little bit more cinnamon on top of the apple slices.
  4. Repeat these steps for more apple crisps if desired. If the apples are not completely crispy, it means they were sliced a bit too thick. Keep in mind, the thinner, the crispier! These apples will make your house smell so delicious and yummy. Be sure to eat them alongside a warm cup of tea or apple cider.

Photographer Credit: Nicole Garner

 

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