I have two apple trees in the garden laden with apples.  We hate waste so try to use as many as we possible can.  We also give them away to anyone who wants them.  This year we decided to experiment with the apples and try out new ideas instead of defaulting to the humble apple crumble and the traditional English apple pie.  I’ve made apple chutney which should be ready by Christmas and in my research discovered recipes for apple crisps.  Great I thought that should be easy.  Ha! it wasn’t.  The first batch burnt as I had the oven too high.  The second batch would still be cooking now if I hadn’t given up after two hours waiting for them to dry out and the third, thank goodness, was a success – even though I almost forgot about them!  Only some of the apples turned crispy, the others were deliciously chewy and tasty.  I also think the variety of apple determines the crispness or lack of!  An incredibly healthy snack either way as long as you don’t forget about them!  Keeping an eye on them and turning them frequently is a must!  For a little twist, sprinkle the apples with cinnamon before they go in the oven.

Chewy Apple Crisps
Preheat the oven to 140C fan assist.  While the oven is heating up line several baking sheets with greaseproof paper.  Core the apples and finely slice or spiralise them.  They need to be a few millimetres thick and do not need to be peeled.  Once sliced, place the apples onto the lined baking sheets and put in the oven.  The crisps will take 30 to 40 minutes.  Turn the apples several times whilst they are baking and keep your eye on them.  They are ready when a light golden colour.  Store in an airtight container.