Dried fruits are a healthy and delicious addition to yogurt, muffins, cereal, granola, and pies. It is even better when you make it yourself with a food dehydrator. Most can stay in your desk drawer or airtight bag for a long time and make a great snacks.
Dried apples are a great choice and a fantastic ingredient in the winter pie. They re low-fat treat and very healthy. The best part is that it is very fun to dehydrate them on your own.
There is nothing better than a perfect homemade apple pie. It is our favorite dessert, so we are always trying to find a new way to make this amazing meal even more delicious.
If you want to know more about our dried apple pie recipe, all you have to do is read on.
How to Dry Apples
The first thing you need to do before you start drying process is to cut the apples to the correct thickness. Remember that they should not be thicker than ½ inch thick, so slice them 1/3 inch approximately. It is important that all of the slices be the same size and thickness so they can dry properly.
Place the apples in acidulated water after you slice them. That way you will minimize and prevent browning. Make this water by using the one tbsp lemon juice or vinegar and 900 ml. After you have done this, drain the apples, so they don’t have any liquid left. In a colander, place the apples and leave them to rest for about five to ten minutes, making sure they are dry enough. If you don’t have time to wait, use the dishtowel to lightly dry the apples.
On the trays of the dehydrator place the acidulated, drained fruit.
NOTE: It is important to remember that slices can’t touch each other. You need to make sure that you spread them correctly leaving the space between them. It is important not to crowd them because they will not dehydrate properly.
Put the trays with fruit slices into a good, food dehydrator. Turn on the unit and set the heat at 130 degrees F. Dry the apples for about twelve hours, until they have a crispy or leathery texture.
Shut off the unit when the apples are dry and remove the trays out of the dehydrator. Leave the fruit slices for about ten minutes at the room temperature to cool.
The next step is to store them properly so you can preserve them for a long time. Once they are dried, place them in the glass jars, airtight bags or vacuum sealer. Make sure that you closed them tightly.
To be sure where your dried apples are, we recommend to label the jars and write down the date you dehydrated them. That way you will know which ones you are using first, the oldest or the newest. When you are storing jars, make sure to leave them is some dark area, so the heat or light won’t be near it.
Homemade dried fruit’s shelf life is from six months up to one year in cold, dry and dark environment. Good to know: For every five pounds of fresh apples, you should get around two cups of dried apples. Of course, that will depend on the size of an apple and the moisture content.
Dried Apple Pie
- Dried apples, two cups
- All-purpose flour, two cups ( stir or sift before measure it)
- ½ tsp salt
- Three tbsp butter
- One tsp baking powder
- One beaten egg
- Milk, ½ cup
- One tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- One tbsp sugar
- One quart oil
The apple pie is always an excellent idea. It is even a better one when you want to make it with the dried apples. It will offer a pleasant chew and a deep flavor that you won’t forget quickly once you taste it. If you want to amaze your friends and family with the perfect dessert, then you are at the right place.
You will love our apple pie recipe because it is easy to make and it is delicious. If you like dried fruits and you enjoy making dehydrated snacks, then this meal is the perfect choice for you. It takes a little patience while baking one, but watching your loved ones enjoying the results makes it all worthwhile.
With its wonderful cinnamon aroma, delicious dried apples, buttery crust, a slice of warm fruit dessert is the ideal end to any repast, from elegant lunch to casual dinner. If you prefer you can add cream or ice cream as a topping, and you will have the perfect sweet meal that the whole family will love and enjoy.