Each week before going to the local growers’ market to buy more fruit and vegetables, I take stock of what’s left in the fruit bowl. Any bananas that are over-ripe, I peel, chop, and freeze in small containers for later use in smoothies or banana bread. There are nearly always a few apples which are turning soft and wrinkly, or a little bruised. No child of mine wants to put that in their lunch box. I’ve started to oven-dry them. They make for a delicious snack, and they look really pretty in a small tin as a gift. There is no wastage as I cut the slices horizontally through the centre, which creates a lovely star shape.
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Oven-dried Apples with Cinnamon
- 5 apples any size, variety, number
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 100°C (80°C fan-forced) and line two oven trays with baking paper.
- Slice the apples as thinly and evenly as you can. The thinner your slices, the faster they'll cook.
- Toss the apples in a bowl with the lemon juice and zest.
- Spread the apple slices out on the tray.
- Using a small hand-held sieve, sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the apples.
- Switch the trays around half-way through cooking and turn the apple slices over. You don’t have to do this, but it will ensure that they’re cooked more evenly.
- Cook in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the slices curl up at the edges. Take care that they don't brown too much as they will taste burnt.
- Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. The apples will keep for up to 5 days.