Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Crunchy Baked Apple Slices

Last week I bought a big bag of whole wheat Panko crumbs to use in the Baked Orange Chicken I was making for Halloween dinner. Of course I didn't use the whole bag and immediately started day-dreaming about what else I could make with the leftover Panko crumbs. Another crispy baked chicken dish seemed too obvious, so once again I headed down the experimental dessert route (I blame this tendency on my crazy sweet tooth). 

All I had to do was type "panko in desserts" into the search engine and to my surprise, my options were unlimited! I found an easy, delicious-looking recipe for Baked Apple Rings that called for regular Panko crumbs... Yeay for easy! So I used that recipe to create my own version of the tasty treat... Crunchy Baked Apple Slices! I just made some adjustments to the amounts of original ingredients and the way the apples were prepared. 

These Crunchy Baked Apple Slices smelled SO GOOD baking, I couldn't wait to dig in. They are the perfect, crunchy dessert finger-food... they are like apple fries!  You can sprinkle the baked apple slices with powdered sugar, or drizzle caramel sauce or maple syrup on them... or just eat them alone. I melted caramel bits and drizzled the caramel over the baked apple slices when they were warm out of the oven. They are super yummy!! Super crunchy! Super easy! And super fun!

Crunchy Baked Apple Slices
based on a recipe from www.ohbiteit.com

2 medium apples (any variety)
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat Panko Crumbs

Preheat oven to 350(f) degrees.

Wash, core, and cut apple into 1/2″ slices.

Set up a “breading station”. Bowl #1 - Flour (with the cinnamon & sugar added and mixed well), Bowl #2 - The eggs, beaten, Bowl #3 - the Panko crumbs.

Dip each apple slice into the flour, then into the eggs, then the Panko… that order is VERY important! Make sure that they get fully coated in each bowl, so the Panko can cover as much of the apple as possible. Lay apples on a greased rack, over a baking sheet. 

Bake apples for about 45 minutes, or until golden and crispy... keep checking!

Serve warm (with some maple syrup, or caramel sauce, or a dusting of powdered sugar). 

I really enjoyed the crunch of the crispy Panko on the outside, with the soft, baked apple inside! These "Apple Fries" are a fun, tasty, hand-held treat!



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