If this recipe isn’t a Viking one, it should be! Apples as rosy as Eric the Red’s beard are used to make this addictive treat that is so simple that you’re never going to want to tell anyone how easy it really was!
Here’s all you need:
- 2-3 red apples
- 1 1/2 tsp white sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 cup salt
- 8 cups water (1 lukewarm, 7 cold)
First grab a large bowl or an empty ice cream bucket. Throw in the salt and the lukewarm water so that the salt dissolves. Add the cold water.
Now grab a mandolin or a sharp paring knife. Slice the apple cross-wise to make thin, circular “chips” and put the slices in the water – this prevents browning of the apple.
Once all of the apple slices are soaking in the salt bath, reach in and transfer them to a colander so that they can drain. Aren’t the star shapes in the middle adorable? I love it! Apples come pre-decorated with a red coat and starry insides! Seriously, how much more festive can you get?
Once the apple slices have done most of their dripping, it’s time to lay them out in one layer on parchment paper.
Mix the sugar and spices in a small bowl and sprinkle each apple slice with it.
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and slide the baking sheets in. The apples will need 45 minutes or more (depending on how thinly they were sliced). You’ll know they were done when the edges start to ruffle and they are crispy like a potato chip.
I bet you can’t eat just one!
I’m not including nutrition facts with this one <gasp!> because I wound up doing 5 apples when I realized how much I like them. 🙂
One large apple is 95 calories. The spices are calorie-free. The apple chips I liked the best were the ones I experimented with at the end that had NO SUGAR AT ALL! The best part? Making apples into chips highlights a frothy texture/taste in an apple that people don’t really notice until they are baked this way – it gave me a whole new appreciation for this amazing fruit. Enjoy!