Sliced, Baked and Oh-So Good

I 'm so tempted to start posting tasty Christmas dishes and glittery holiday projects for the upcoming season but I'm going to resist for just a little while longer.

Today's FRIDAY FOODIE  can be whipped up any time of year (holiday or not) if you want something simple, quick and delicious to boot. 

Blog dried apples wide

Start with a few fresh apples.

You should be able to get about 8-9 slices per apple.

  bowl of apples

Slice the apples sideways, right through the core.

This will give you that great star-shape appearance in the center of each slice.

sliced apples

Mother Nature leaves her beautiful imprint in the most unexpected places, doesn't she?

These slices can be fragile so carefuly remove the apple seeds from the star.

more sliced apples

Spread the apple slices evenly on a baking sheet.

I didn't want to use any cooking spray so I also used a sheet of parchment paper to keep the slices from sticking to the tray.

tray of apple slices

It's optional, but I recommend you whip up a small batch of cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Set aside.

sugar and cinnamon

Preheat oven to a low temperature 220-225 degrees will do.

Bake the slices for about 40-minutes. 

Remove from oven and flip all slices over to opposite side.

Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture and return to the oven for another 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown.

baked apple slices

You'll know these healthy treats are done when the sides are slightly curled and the slices are slightly browned.

The sugar will also be slightly carmelized.

apple slices baked  baked star shape

Now, doesn't this plate look yummy.

When you set these slices out, they won't be around very long.

dried apple slices served

Like I said, quick, simple and delicious to boot. 

By the way, these baked apple slices are also a healthy alternative to all that Halloween candy that may still be sitting around the house.

See you back here next week. 

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