Baked Apple Chips

There are two kinds of apples at Costco.  Tasty ones, and terrible ones.  These were not the best batch.  I think they were Gala’s.   So I put my trusty mandolin to work and started baking (again).  I read that you should use parchment or the apples will stick to the baking sheet, even sprayed, but I used tin foil in absence of parchment and spray and it seemed fine.  I baked the first batch, and after cooking for two hours, then watching them all disappear in a matter of minutes, I knew I had to try something more creative to cook more chips at a time- where the wire cooling rack comes in handy. This is less of a recipe and more of a discussion, so I’ll tell you what I did.

  1. Thinly slice the apples– I used the thinest selection on the mandolin.
  2. add a layer to each baking sheet- – they shrink up a little so you can overlap them a bit to get more in there…
  3. sprinkle on cinnamon sugar
  4. top the baking sheet with a wire cooling rack 
  5. add more slices and sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar (i used up four apples this way)
  6. Bake at 275 for two hours, flipping each slice after an hour.  
  7. when the apples on the wire racks are done to your liking (chewy or crispy!), remove, then continue baking the ones on the sheets.

Fruity All Bran Muffins

We went to Krispy Kreme yesterday.  I ordered the Dark Chocolate Kreme Filled, because I believe if you are going to indulge, you should really just go for it.  It was yummy.  But, I figured to make up for it, I would make Bran Muffins the next day.  Which are without a doubt, way healthier (because I actually know what is in them…) and, in my opinion, also yummy.

I went online to find a recipe using Kellogg’s All Bran cereal, which of course I found, but couldn’t find one with exactly what I wanted.  So as usual I just doctored up the recipe a bit, then ate them all (ok, the family helped) just to make sure it worked.  Let’s just say- I made them yesterday and there may be ONE lonely muffin left, 24 hours later.

Fruity All Bran Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kellogg’s All Bran cereal
  • 1 1/4 c milk (used low fat)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 c vegetable oil
  • 1/8 c applesauce
  • 1/8 c greek yogurt (0%)
  • 1 c white flour
  • 1/4 c wheat flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 c raisins
  • 1/4 craisins (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped apples
  • turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top, as desired

Directions

  1. Combine cereal and milk. let stand 1/2 hour
  2. add egg and milk, beat well
  3. add rest of ingredients (minus fruit), combine until just mixed
  4. add fruit, combine
  5. put into muffin tins sprayed with pam
  6. top with turbinado sugar
  7. bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Image