Dried Cinnamon and Vanilla Apple Rings



Quite often I fall into the trap of overlooking simple ideas in favour of other extravagant finds.  These apple rings are a fine example

I cannot believe I haven’t made these before, I mean sure, I have eaten dried apple rings from the supermarket but not actually MADE them.
You can assume that you are doing good eating packaged dried fruit but there are also a  lot of preservatives to contend with. I love apples but sometimes they put me off due to their ‘burp’ factor.  The drying out counteracts this and by adding the vanilla and cinnamon it turns them into a very moorish treat.

Dried Cinnamon and Vanilla Apple Rings


+ 6 medium cored apples

+ 3 tbsp lemon juice

+ 2 cups water

+ 2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)

+ cinnamon to taste (optional)


+ Preheat the oven to 125 degrees in fan forced oven


+ Core the apples and slice into about 1/4 inch rings. I prefer leaving the skin on, but you can peel them if you wish.


+ In a large bowl combine the water, lemon juice and vanilla essence, and add in the apple rings in water and make sure you let the apples sit completely covered for 5 minutes (you might need to do 2 apples at a time). The lemon juice is to prevent the apples from discolouring and going brown.


+ When they have soaked for 5 minutes take them out and pat them dry using a tablecloth.


+ Arrange them on a cutting board and sprinkle on a thin layer of cinnamon. Turn them around and repeat on the other side.

+ Now arrange rings on 2 separate baking sheets in a single layer making sure not to overlap each other, and put them in the oven for 20 minutes before you flip them all on the opposite side and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
+ Shut oven off and let rings dry in the oven without opening the door, for about 2-3 hours, or until they are completely dry and properly chewy. (not too long or they will go quite hard and nearly burn)


So can you guess what is on my Christmas list this year? Yep, a dehydrator. As a HUGE fan of dried fruit, I reckon it would be a great investment.

Do you like dried fruit?  Do you own a dehydrator…do you use it?

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