Unlike last year, we spent Thanksgiving weekend in and around the Collingwood area. I've come to realize, that no matter where you are, Thanksgiving in Canada is absolutely breathtaking. The chill in the air, the colour of the leaves, and the short, yet well spent time with the sun, makes for a truly spectacular landscape and a fantastic way to spend a three day weekend. We consumed enough turkey, pumpkin treats and apple cider to last a while, and came home with half a peck of apples -- leaving me no choice but to whip up an apple extravaganza in the kitchen. Crisp, massive pancakes, compote and maybe even some more granola still to come. And while I'm at it, maybe some butter, a cinnamon roll, a biscuit waffle or donut. Because, why not?


Preheat oven to 225.


2 large, or 3-4 smaller, apples
half a lemon
white sugar

What to do:

Using a mandoline, thinly slice the apples, and toss in a large bowl with juice from half a lemon.

Spread in a single layer onto 2 parchment lined baking sheets, and sprinkle with white sugar and cinnamon.

Bake for 1 hour and check on the chips. Depending on how thin your original slices were, the remaining baking time will vary, so use your judgement. Keep a close watch as they can easily burn.
  • If the tops are crisp, flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes;
  • If the tops still feel soft, bake for another 15-30 minutes until crispy -  then flip, and finish with an additional 10 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.



8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

Bring the water to a boil in a medium size saucepan. Once boiling, add the apples, sugar and cinnamon. Lower the heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and breaking up the apples with a wooden spoon if need be.