Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Semester: Fresh Start

Break is almost over. Sad.

I can't believe how fast it went by. It seems like two days ago I was lugging my suitcases up the wooden stairs of my Mexico home; it seems like just yesterday I was trying not to slip on the icy slopes of Aspen. Now it's all just a blur.

I have to admit I'm sad to leave (as always). But I'm also ecstatic about starting a new semester; I need a fresh start.

So here's to a new semester--a great one too!

Anyways, I ran into a recipe for apple crisps a couple of days ago, and I couldn't get it out of  my mind since then. So I decided to give it a try today. Turns out, you don't need a fruit dehydrator to make apple chips; you just need an apple corer, a mandoline and an oven set to a low temperature.

Take two apples and you get plenty of chips. The perfect snack to go with a cup of tea on a cold and rainy afternoon.

Apple Crisps (adapted from The Kitchn)
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 1 1/2-2 hours.

  • 2 apples, I used Granny Smith, cored
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar or Splenda
  1. Preheat oven to 225 F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mandoline, slice apples into 1/6-1/4 inch rounds. Arrange apple rounds on lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon and splenda. 
  3. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until edges are crisp and apple rounds get wrinkly, turning rounds and sprinkling again halfway. Let cool and serve. 

*These won't keep very long because they will become moist and lose their crispiness, so EAT UP! They're very very healthy anyways, so who cares.

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