Giggling Apples

1 box instant Jello, any flavor

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup cold water

4-6 apples, depending on size

  • Put Jello powder in a bowl and pour the boiling water over it, stir until dissolved.
  • Pour in the cold water and stir, set aside.
  • Core all of the apples but leave enough of the bottom of each apple so it will hold the Jello. Take some of the flesh out of the apple to make room for the Jello.
  • Carefully pour the Jello to the top of each apple and put each into a small bowl or glass to keep them upright. Chill until the Jello is firm.
  • Cut into wedges to serve.

Kids will enjoy this fun snack and the slices make an attractive garnish for platters of food. Use different flavors and colors of Jello, as well as different varieties of apples.

 Chewy Apple Leather

Using your favorite apples (ripe or even slightly overripe but sound) peel and slice them. Put sliced fruit into a food processor or blender with lemon juice – 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 4 cups of fruit. Process to a smooth puree. Add sugar or honey to taste, if wanted.

Line a baking sheet (with sides) with plastic wrap, coat plastic wrap with cooking spray. Pour the apple puree onto the baking sheet to 1/4 inch depth and tilt baking sheet to spread the puree evenly all over the tray. Do not use knife or spatula to do this.

Drying the apple leather can be done in the sun, in the oven or in a fruit dehydrator.

  • Sun drying should be done on a hot day with low humidity (over 85°F and less than 60%). Place tray in direct sunlight or under a sheet of glass or Plexiglas which will concentrate the heat. Do not leave out if the night time temperature falls much.
  • Oven drying: set oven for the lowest temperature (about 140°F) and leave the oven door ajar, 2-4 inches depending on oven. The apple leather should be dry within 4 to 5 hours.
  • Drying in a dehydrator: set temperature to 140°F and put trays into the dehydrator. It should take about 4-5 hours to dry.
  • Dryness test: the apple leather will still be sticky to the touch. To test, lift one corner of the leather, peeling it back about an inch. It’s ready if it peels back easily. If it doesn’t, continue with your drying method.

When finished drying, roll up loosely with the plastic wrap. The roll should keep about 6-8 months in an air tight container at room temperature or in the fridge and for years in the freezer. If using coconut or nuts in the leather, freeze it unless you’re using it right away.

For an extra special treat, spread melted caramel on the apple leather, roll up, then cut into bite-size pieces.

We hope you enjoy these yummy apple recipes.