Apple Fruit Leather! (okay seriously, might not sound appetizing, but I have no other name for it)

well this week has been interesting. i started working full time as a cashier/barista for Target (and for you bumbling bamboozles, Tarjay) and its been freaking great! no joke. i mean, its ridiculously crazy and some people piss me off, but hey, it’s a great job, and my co-workers are all great! they’re all super friendly, kinda like San Franciscan people, but all wearing red and khakis (yes the Target uniform) theyre all really nice and willing to help out a noob like me, not to mention being super welcome (thank god because i’m an extremely shy person….doesnt seem like that here huh?) but after getting to know people, i just tend to babble on and on. i’ve been working for the past couple weeks, and damn, you never know how much of a bitch people can be, until 1)they dont get their coffee, or 2) you work in retail. i mean seriously dude….. c’mon, trying out best here! i mean like today and yesterday, i was working at the starbucks inside target, and like there was only 2 people working there, me and my trainer, well im useless at making drinks atm, because i’m not certified to, and i can only cashier, so it was all up to my trainer to make all the drinks that i was ringing up, so during the busiest points of the day, there were 11 drinks lined up to be made, and still a loooong line! i mean i understand that it’s taking a while for your drink, but when there’s like 10 people ahead of you, and we’re trying to do everything as fast as we can, without screwing anything up, calm your balls! you’ll get it soon, unless you want us to screw up everyone’s drink….. ugh okay enough ranting……more recipe-ing

 

ugh okay more with the cinnamon trend… it’s fall, i deserve to have a cinnamon craving/pie-desiring. speaking of which, next time you’re at starbucks, and you happen to have a craving for pie/something like fall and dont want the ridiculous calories of the pumpkin spice latte/frappucino, then get a grande apple juice with 2 pumps of chai syrup, and light ice (or get it warm) and dayuuuum does that taste gooood 😀 that’s like, my favorite drink EVER. apples and cinnamon were just like, meant to be together forever. they should just go off and get married…. in this recipe, you can choose how much cinnamon taste you want or how sweet, and it’s so great for snacks, i eat them when i get a chance, at work, or class, or just snacking at home. it’s not ridiculously high in calories like those packaged fruit snacks, and hey, look at at that, you can make it vegan!

 what you need:

  • 4 cups apples
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbp boiled cider (or apple juice, or regular apple cider)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

see? look! you can switch everything to organic, and everything you see there, is freaking vegan! yay for pleasing everyone!

okay so you need to preheat your oven to 170°, prep a couple baking sheets with parchment paper (or a silicone mat if youre that fancy).

peel, core, and roughly chop your apples into small chunks (the smaller they are, the less time it takes to cook down). stick the apple chunks into a pot with the lemon juice and toss around so then your apples dont turn an unattractive shade of brown.

when you’re all done chopping your apples and theyre all in the pot, then add in the remaining stuffs (the water, cider, sugar and cinnamon) and kick the heat to a medium high. let it cook down (while stirring occasionally, duh! you’re trying to cook them, not burn them) until the apples are tender. the time on this depends on how small you’ve cut up your apples really. and since i always chop my apples a different size everytime, i really don;t have a set time for this… once they’ve gone fork tender, then start it slightly, and cook for about another 5 minutes. once you’re finished cooking the apples down, then stick it all into a blender (or a food processor, if you’re that rich), and puree the apple mix. depending on how big your blender/processor is, you may have to do this in a few batches.

once you’ve got that into a nice smooth puree, then split the mix in half, and pour each half onto a prepped baking sheet. smooth it out, making sure that its all evenly spread out, and then bake it for about 3 hours, until everything is kinda tacky (which means its a litttttle sticky, but not too sticky) and not wet (so i guess dry? 0.O idk how to describe it other than that).

once it’s done baking, then let it cool completely before slicing it into whatever size you want. just roll it up in wax paper, and stick it in an airtight container, and tada! you have a snack that can last through the freaking zombie apocalypse! (no i’m kidding, it’s not going to last that long, but it will help with a food shortage)

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