It's fall! My most favorite time of year. A few months ago my mom gave us a food dehydrator and we have been drying everything we can. I am not, however, a big fan of dried apples. I think they are spongy and I don't like the texture at all. There is a company that makes crispy dried apples, that are delicious, but they have a lot of sugar. I thought I'd try to make my own, without the corn syrup. You don't need a dehydrator to make these, I ended up using my oven instead.My main goal was to get them crispy, like a chip. The key to the crisp, is thin slices and a simple syrup. I haven't been using much white sugar at home lately, so I used coconut sugar instead. It is granulated coconut nectar. It's not nearly as sweet as white sugar, but it still did the trick!
I know a lot of people core their apples before they slice, but I like the look of the un-cored apple. Just make sure you remove the seeds when you are done. I also like the skins on, you could remove them before you slice, if that's what you like.
Once you get the apple sliced, soak the slices in a bowl with a little bit of lemon juice. They don't need to soak long, and make sure you don't use a lot of lemon, you don't want the lemon flavor.
Now for the simple syrup. I used 1.5 cups water and 1 cup coconut sugar. Bring this to a simmer until the crystals dissolve. The measurements are the same even if you are using white sugar. Once it simmers, submerge the apple slices in the pan. Let them sit for a minute. Bring them out one by one and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.