Spicy Pear Chips with Cocoa and Garam Masala

Spicy Pear ChipsI’m seriously going mandolin crazy! So far I’ve used my new mandolin slicer for baked potato chips and a spiced potato gratin. And just when I thought I’d be done with it, I see another mandolin-worthy recipe I just had to try. This recipe is adapted from a post I saw on Food52, a great website I go to for food inspiration. My version is crispy and sweet with a nice spicy kick.

The pear slices are sprinkled with an aromatic seasoning, then slow-baked to crispy perfection. To go with the cocoa, I used some of my freshly ground garam masala to add a nice warming flavor. For a sweet note, use homemade vanilla sugar, but regular is fine. Brace yourselves my friends, because these pear chips are highly addictive!

Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Cut the pears in half and scoop out the core.

Thinly slice pears with your mandolin.

Sprinkle spice mixture on pear slices and bake for about an hour.

Spicy Pear Chips Recipe

  • 2-3 firm pears
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons ground vanilla sugar, or regular
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala, or ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

    Heat oven to 275°F. Halve each pear and scoop out the core.

    With your mandolin, slice each pear half into thin slices, about 1/4 to 1/8-inch thick.

    Mix cocoa, sugar and spices together in small bowl. Place pear slices a silicon-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each side of the pear slices with spice mixture. Bake for about 1 hour, until almost dry, turning the slices over half way through to evenly bake. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

    Total Time: 70-80 minutes
    Yield: about 50 chips
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