’08 Advent Calendar, Day 10

These cinnamon apple chips were a real success story — every bit as successful as the cumin-flavored pear chips were disastrous. And, of course, they make a lovely (and relatively healthy) departure from the sea of butter we all find ourselves swimming in this time of year.

For the 2007 Advent Calendar, click here.

recipe after the jump

Cinnamon Apple Chips adapted from Gourmet

3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium Granny Smith apple

Special equipment:
a nonstick baking pad such as Silpat or parchment paper; a wide (3 3/4-inch) mandoline or other manual slicer

Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large baking sheet with baking pad or parchment.

Sift together confectioners sugar and cinnamon twice to evenly incorporate. Sift half of cinnamon sugar evenly onto baking sheet.

Cut apple crosswise into very thin round slices (about 1/16 inch thick) with slicer. Arrange 20 of largest slices nearly touching each other on baking sheet, then evenly sift remaining cinnamon sugar over apples. (Reserve remaining apple slices for another use.)

Bake slices in middle of oven until pale golden and beginning to crisp, about 1 1/2 hours. Immediately peel chips off pad and cool on a rack.

3 Replies to “’08 Advent Calendar, Day 10”

  1. Butter is almost as good as bacon, but too much of both contribute to the feelings of excess, gluttony, and self-recrimination often inspired by this social season. The chips do look and sound like a healthy and noble alternative… And as always the photography is luminously gorgeous.

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