Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wild Food Recipe -Dried Crab Apples with Cinnamon

Have you ever bought sour apple sweets? There is no need for all of the processed stuff if you like that sort of flavor, as you can literally make your own healthy version at home. Introducing crab apple- aka the real sour apple. 

Crab apples are abundant Wild Food all around the United Kingdom. They are a lot smaller than cooking apples so you have to put a little bit more work into transforming them into something delicious. I made chutneys before, but this time I wanted to experiment with a healthier version. The result are cinnamon and dried apple snacks!

You need
Crab apples
Ground cinnamon

How to
  1. Core your apples if you don’t want pips with the end product. It didn’t bother me as the crab apple pips are tiny and I wanted the nice star shaped middle to be visible. Slice the apples very thinly using a knife or a mandolin. 

  1. As you cut the apples put them in pan of lemon water. This will stop them from browning. You can see where I left the apples on a chopping board for 5 minutes as they turned brown straight away! Leave them to soak for about 15 minutes. 

  1. Dry the apples using a tea towel. Arrange them in a tray so that they have plenty of space. Sprinkle each piece with cinnamon making sure that they are fully covered.

  1. Bake on the lowest setting (50 degrees or so) for 5-6 hours. Keep checking the oven as they might burn quickly once they are fully dry. 

The drying process gets rid of some of the sourness. But I am not going to lie, they are still quite sour! Mine will be chopped into tiny pieces and added to my homemade granola as a free ingredient.  This recipe will work well with other types of apples as well. They look so pretty, I am actually tempted to use them as a Christmas tree decoration!  



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