Fall means apples. So here are some fun things to do with all those delicious apples you just picked!
- Apple sauce
Peel and slice about 4 lbs. of apples. Simmer, partially covered, with 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt until soft about 30 minutes. Put through a food mill if you have one or if you don’t you can just mash it all up with a potato masher like I do. If you’d like you can sprinkle in some cinnamon or nutmeg and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter.
- You can also make herbed applesauce by adding in some rosemary, sage and thyme before cooking.
- For spiced applesauce replace the sugar with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, as much as you think would taste good, before cooking.
2. Apple pancakes in a pan
Whisk together 3 eggs, add 3/4 cup each of milk and flour. Peel, core and slice one apple. In a 10″ ovenproof skillet, (I like to use my cast iron fry pan), melt 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of sugar and add the sliced apple. Cook until soft. Add the batter and bake at 450 degrees until puffy and golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cinnamon before serving just for fun!
3. Apple pancake or ice-cream topping
Peel, core and chop 2 cups of apples. Cook together with 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in 3/4 cup of good maple syrup and bring to a simmer until soft. Serve warm over pancakes, waffles or vanilla ice-cream.
4. Baked apples
Core 4 apples but don’t cut through all the way to the bottom. Mix together 3 tablespoons each of brown sugar and butter, with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of fresh bread crumbs. Stuff into the apples. Put into a 8×8 baking dish with 1/3 cup of apple cider or apple juice or water, and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.
- You can add 3 tablespoons of chopped walnuts or pecans to the filling before baking.
- Make them savory by reducing the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon and replacing the cinnamon with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon each of chopped thyme, parsley and shallot.
5. Apples poached in wine
Boil 1 bottle of red wine, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 cinnamon stick and 3 pieces of orange zest in a saucepan. Add 4 peeled, sliced, crisp tart apples and simmer until tender about 30 minutes. Remove the apple slices and strain the liquid. Boil the reserved liquid until its syrupy then add the apple slices back in and serve over vanilla-ice cream or yogurt.
6. Apple Fritters
Whisk together 1/2 cup each of flour and seltzer. Add a pinch of salt and apple pie spice. Peel, core and slice 2 apples. Dip into the batter and fry in oil until golden. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
7. Mulled apple cider
Bring 6 cups of apple cider to a simmer with 1 cinnamon stick, 4 allspice berries,1 star anise and 3 strips of lemon zest. Add diced apples and serve.
- For adults only you can add some brandy, or a nice apple flavored liquor before serving!
8. Candy apples
Melt 1 1/4 cups hard cherry flavored candies (life savors) with 1 tablespoon light corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbly. Insert wooden sticks into apples and dip in candy syrup. Set on oiled parchment paper to harden.
9. Caramel apples
Cook 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of water together in a saucepan over medium heat stirring until golden. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of cream and 1/4 teaspoon each of vanilla and salt. Cool slightly. Insert wooden sticks into apples and dip into the caramel mixture. Set on oiled parchment paper to harden.
- Apples may be rolled in chopped nuts or toasted coconut after dipping in the caramel.
10. Bird feeders
Cut one apple in half, scoop out the seeds (they are bad for our little friends), spread cut half with peanut butter and press into birdseed. Hang from trees and watch the birds enjoy their treat!
Remember folks…. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! So eat your apples.