Finally… a long-overdue tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do some simple tutorials for a while now but somehow life got in the way and the tutorials were put on the back burner. But I promise that I will get them done slowly but surely. And here’s the first one – the Checkered Apples! 🙂
First start off with a nice red apple. Green ones will work as well though they are not as pretty. Speaking of apples, this is my all-time favorite apple – the Honeycrisp. They are so unbelievably crispy! They are a little more expensive than the other apples but so worth it. They are also available for only a short time, usually around the beginning of the apple season.
Then cut off a slice of apple. I usually try to quarter it, depending on the size of the apple. The wider it is, the more obvious the checkered pattern will be.
Then a quick dunk in a bowl of lightly salted water to prevent browning. Alternatively you can sprinkle with a little lemon juice.
Score the surface of the apple like a checker board. Try to make the evenly spaced.
Using a paring knife, just slide your knife under the surface and peel off the apple skin. If you have made the scores deep, the skin will just peel off easily. I promise it gets easier as you do more of this. Using a sharp paring knife helps too but please do be very careful not to cut yourself.
Skip a square and repeat the peeling process.
After you finish one row, start on the next while making sure that it is done in a checkered pattern.
And voila, a gorgeous checkered apple!! 🙂