Dried Apple Chips
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
2 green apples, preferably a tart and crisp varietal such as Granny Smith (peeling optional)
Cut the apples in half crosswise and core with a melon baller. Using a mandolin slicer, slice the apples crosswise into paper-thin rounds. Drop the sliced apples in the syrup immediately and heat gently for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the sliced apples cool in the syrup, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 175ºF. Carefully remove the apple slices from the syrup and place gently on sheet pans lined with silicone mats or parchment. Dry in the 175ºF oven until crisp, at least 2 hours.