After a recent USA Pears photo shoot, I brought pounds of Bosc pears home to my kitchen. Lucky me! I wanted to make something with them—something simple and healthy. After a little research, er, Googling, I settled on pear chips. They’re tasty, easy, and pretty!
Here’s how you can make them:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Using a mandoline (if you’re fortunate enough to own one) or a knife (if you’re not, like me), thinly slice pears into chips. I sliced mine both crosswise and lengthwise to keep things interesting. Bosc pears work well, with their dense flesh, but also take a bit longer to cook. Try any variety of USA Pears.
Place the slices on a Silpat mat or parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20-40 minutes, turning the chips halfway through. The baking time can vary greatly depending on the thickness of the slices, your oven, and the climate. Keep an eye on them—you want dry chips, but not burnt ones!
You can also sprinkle the chips with ground ginger, cinnamon, sugar, or other spices before baking. I tried a tray with cinnamon and one with both ginger and cinnamon. The cinnamon ones were my favorite!