An Apple a Week: Hot Cider & Cinnamon Apple Chips

October 3, 2014

There’s a chill in the air, a crunch underfoot, and a rainbow through the trees: Yes, friends, it’s apple season. Which, after one trip to the orchard, quickly becomes oh-my-that’s-a-lot-of-apples season. Our solution? Piping-hot cider and cinnamon-sugar apple chipseasy-as-pie treats that are, well, way easier than pie. Enjoy them on their own or pair them together for ultimate autumnal goodness.

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For the Cider

WHAT YOU’LL NEED10 winesap apples, quartered
¾ cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of whole cloves
1 tablespoon allspice berries
Enough water to cover

HOW TO MAKE ITWrap all spices in a small piece of doubled-up cheesecloth and tie off securely. Add apples, sugar, spice pack and water to a large stockpot and bring to a boil for one hour. Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer for an additional two hours. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove spice pack and discard. Strain the remaining mixture through a fine mesh sieve, as many times as needed to reach desired consistency. Reheat to enjoy, and top with whipped cream and apple chips.


For the Cinnamon Apple Chips

WHAT YOU’LL NEED1 apple, thinly sliced with seeds removed
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE ITPreheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices, evenly spaced. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle the mixture over apples. Bake for two hours, moving the slices with tongs once to prevent sticking. Remove from oven and let cool.