ATTENTION ALL CINNAMON ADDICTS!
The Cinnamon Apples are done and ready to munch! Here's a quick recipe to make our version of dehydrated Cinnamon Apples. We saw these being sold at one of our favorite orchard farms and tried making them for ourselves. It's always fun to experiment and learn to make new things. And who said everything coming out of a food dehydrator is boring! I beg to differ!
In a large bowl add 2 cups sugar, 3 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon and mix well.
We used the apple/peeler/corer/slicer to prepare the apples. Otherwise, peel, core, cut thin with a knife.
We used a variety of apples to make this batch. My favorites were the Criterion Apples and then I liked the Banana Apples and Spitz Apples which add a little "zing" to the mix.
Each apple slice is placed into the sugar/cinnamon mixture ONE AT A TIME to fully coat the apple and then tap the extra coating off by gently giving it a couple taps on the side of the bowl.
Place each coated apple on the dehydrator tray. DO NOT move the apple once they are place on the trays. Be sure to place them carefully so they are not touching each other and have plenty of air circulation.
We dried our apples at 135 degrees for 18 hours. Your drying time may vary depending on your dehydrator, your area's humidity and how thick you cut your apples. Be sure to dry until the apples have a firm, dry, leathery feel. When done, let cool and place in an air tight container ... if they last that long!
*** An Added Note: Someone brought this to my attention. Due to sugaring the apples, there most likely will be a syrup/juicy mess at the bottom of your dehydrator when you are finished. Depending on the type of dehydrator you use, you can use parchment paper on the bottom to catch the mess, or perhaps place a solid dehydrator mat below, like the mats you use to make fruit leathers. We did not use anything in the bottom of our dehydrator and the mess cleaned up easily with a clean wash cloth and hot sudsy water.
This is our apple peeler/corer/slicer ... makes a quick job of it!
This pic is from a different project but shows spiral apples peeled, cored, cut and then cut in half
These are the Cinnamon Apples we bought at the orchard farm that we were trying to copy ...
or what was left of them anyway before eating the entire bag!
Our Cinnamon Apples placed on the dehydrator racks.
We also tried pears with this recipe ... not recommended.
(Need to clarify: We used Asian Pears & they were a bit too mushy. But firmer pears should do great!)
The finished product is every Cinnamon Addicts dream come true!