Day 9 of The 2012 Apple Challenge: Dried Apple Rings

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It took time for me to build up the enthusiasm to go to my kitchen and make today’s apple recipe. It's not that I'm getting bored with the challenge, but I am getting tired of washing dishes. With two apple bread recipes almost back-to-back, plus apple cookies and cupcakes, I was ready to make something that didn’t require a lot of dishes.

Dried apple rings was the obvious solution. All you need for this recipe are apples, a cutting board, a sharp knife and lemons. You also need a bowl to soak the apples in, a measuring cup for the lemon juice and water, plus a baking sheet and wire rack for the oven.

OK, this recipe required a lot of dishes, too, but at least most of them could be loaded in the dishwasher. It’s my kids’ job to unload that!


  • 1 tablespoon citric acid or lemon juice
  • Firm, unblemished apples, cored, peeled or unpeeled, and cut into thin rings
Heat the oven to its lowest setting. Dissolve the citric acid in 1.2 liters cold water or you can make up a solution of one part lemon juice to four parts water. Both are effective but using citric acid will preserve the apples for longer.

Add the apples, ensuring they are completely submerged. Leave to sit for 5 minutes. Do this in batches.

Arrange the apple slices on racks and place in the oven, using a skewer to hold the door ajar. At 170 degrees, they will be read (quite chewy) within two hours.

Recipe adapted from


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