On a recent trip river rafting, my husbands friend brought some dried apples that they added cinnamon to before they dried it! He hasn’t stopped talking about how much he loved these dried apples. I dare say, we actually bought a dehydrator from Cabelas, just to make these apples! Crazy, right? I have been over the moon since we bought it! I want to dry everything in site!
But, let me back up this story with our recent trip to a local apple orchard. A good friend of mine grew up in my town of Lehi, Utah. Her parents own this apple orchard. IT seems that the apples are ripe for harvesting every other year. So, we went two years ago (I blogged about it here), and then we were able to go back last weekend. The kids love it, and I love having them make that connection to the source of our food!
Step 1- Peel and core the apples
As soon as we got home, the kids got to work! We had borrowed an apple-peeler-corer from my mom. They took turns peeling and fighting over who’s turn it was.
Step 2- Cut down one side of the peeled, cored, and sliced apple so you have individual rings.
Step 3- Dip both sides of the apple in cinnamon sugar mixture (I used about 3-1 (3 Tablespoons sugar to 1 Tablespoon cinnamon)
Step 4- Arrange on a Tray and dehydrate for about 6-8 hours
- We tried cinnamon Only (because why not, we like it on fresh apples)- It did not taste good on dried apples. 🙁
- This makes a sticky mess!! Even inside your dehydrator! Cover the bottom with foil to catch the syrupy sticky apple sugar drippings (my husband ate the drippings. He said it tasted like candy! lol.. but it’s still super messy!)
- We tried apple pie spice instead of cinnamon- DELICIOUS!!
- We tried coconut sugar with the cinnamon- SUPER STICKY! But tasted pretty good.
- Take them out before they are too dried out- the leather feeling is what we went for.
- Store in paper bags- without them being overly dry, storing in plastic bags sort of rehydrates them and they aren’t “dry” anymore.