Five Apple Recipes For Your Fall Apple Picking
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Fall is among us…sort of. Here in NY it’s still been upwards of 90…wahhh. Never the less Fall festivities commence. Apple Picking! I’m gonna be honest, I don’t recall ever going apple picking as a child. Maybe it wasn’t as much of a “thing” as it is now but I’ve been going every year for the past four years. It’s such a fun fall thing to take part in. The fresh air, the views (if you go upstate, NY like we have), sometimes there’s cider donuts. Let’s be honest… I only go if there are cider donuts! Of course, you end up with a ton of apples. I mean you can only make so many pies. So I’m sharing my favorite five apple recipes to use up a bunch of those apples!
In general, I’m known to bake quite a bit. For a while, I was actually offering my baking services to my husband’s job for the holidays. Now, I don’t really have as much free time to take on that amount of baking. However, I still like to do some baking every now and then especially when I want to use something up like bananas or… apples!
Starting with my favorite to least favorite, just kidding. These recipes are all some good apples 😉 (get it, get it?)!
I know! Suuuper basic but it uses SO many apples and I don’t like wasting any!
This is a recipe I’ve adapted from others I’ve found because I like my applesauce on the sweeter side with a ton of cinnamon. So if that’s you, follow this one!
- 1 Dozen Apples- peeled, cored, and chopped into smallish cubes (maybe 1/2 inch)
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 1/4 cup of water (you could also do like 1/2 apple cider or apple juice too!)
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- Heat all ingredients to a boil
- Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes
- Remove cinnamon stick
- Puree with an immersion blender (we love the Cuisinart Smart Stick) or standard blender * If you use a standard blender you will have to puree the mixture in batches maybe 2-3
- That’s it! I always serve with MORE cinnamon on top, but that’s me. I actually used my Infantino Squeeze Station to save a bunch in my freezer because my girl loves some “appa sauce” This made about a dozen pouches in case you’re curious which saves me a few bucks!
- You can store in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for up to 2 months
Baked Apple Chips
These chips were the perfect amount of sweet and crunchy. Definitely take her advice about using a mandolin and I would suggest making these to eat right away! Mine didn’t store well…but that could have been because I didn’t use a Tupperware and I just covered them with cling wrap so who knows.
Apple Hand Pies
These apple hand pies were a staple on my “menu” for Pat’s coworkers and I still continue to make them for holiday’s or to bring along to a party. Mostly because they are traditional with a twist. I love how everyone gets their own pie, my husband loves how it’s the perfect portion to heat up and put ice cream on top of.
I’ve been using this recipe from Just a Taste for the basic of what to do but my fillings vary based on what I’m trying to make, I usually just wing it. However, I have made her caramel version to the letter and they are SO indulgent!
There really isn’t a recipe I use for these apple nachos but it’s a quick snack that can go from healthy to downright dessert bar in two seconds. You basically just slice apples thin, layer them on a plate, and add your toppings. I chose to go semi-dessert bar and add melted peanut butter, caramel, and pretzels, natural marriages for apples. The healthy version could be melted almond butter, raw coconut shavings, dried fruit, maybe some honey if you’re going crazy. Toppings can be anything you have hanging around. Great little treat that really only uses one apple but hey, another not wasted.
Caramel Apple Sangria
Can’t leave out this party in a cup. It’s so sweet you don’t even know there’s any booze in it. I made a huge drink jar of it for a Friendsgiving I hosted last year and it was a hit. You can double the recipe and use for a crowd or halve it and use for a cozy night in. De-licious.
Honestly, all these apple goodies could be an excuse for a party. You could add some savory apple dishes, why not? An apple party? Love it…but I love parties, I know not everyone feels that way.
I hope these recipes inspire you to whip up some delicious cinnamony treats to get in the fall spirit. I know the scent of cinnamon and sugar wafting through my apt. really got me in the mood to go buy an apple candle.
Happy Fall Y’all! (not southern, but it works so well!)