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It's Apple Season!
Crisp air, plaid blankets and pulling those sweaters out of storage can only mean one thing, it's apple season! Visit your local apple orchard for a fun day of picking fruit with family and friends. Post your euphoric apple picking experience it's time to think about how to put your loot to good use. This is the part where it's important to stay calm and remind yourself that no you did not pick too many apples. There can never be enough apples in your home come apple picking season.... After you divide your collection into their respective apple category it's time to research your options. Apple pie might be the first baking project to come to mind and by all means indulge. Nothing beats a home made apple pie on one of the first chilly days of fall. If interested in experimenting with the leftover apples there are also an abundance of fall alternatives to the traditional dessert. Apples also surprisingly make wonderful fall decor as well.
Here are some uses for your apple haul that aren't necessarily always a pie. A helpful guide in solving your apple orchard dilemma of what to bake. These apple based dishes will be sure to get you in the mood for fall kitchen time.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Applesauce is delicious on it's own for a mid day snack or lovely as a sweet side to an evening meal. Adding some of fresh mixed spices for added flavor you will never want to buy store bought applesauce again. Particularly satisfying is applesauce made with Golden Delicious or Gala Apples in a chunky or smooth texture. To achieve the smoother texture add the cooked apples to a food processor to be pureed rather than mash with a fork.
Try this recipe for cinnamon spiced apple sauce from... Epicurious here.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Smoothies are a healthy breakfast option perfect for anytime of the year. When apple season arrives try switching up your smoothie routine to include a granny smith or two. A simple elixir that consists of Granny Smith's, banana, apple juice and a touch of honey will have you feeling energized and ready to take on your day. The refreshing autumnal drink is great for a mid-afternoon snack too!
Try this recipe from Martha Stewart.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Apple and Peanut Butter Toast
A simple slice of apple and peanut butter toast is a fall breakfast classic. Switching from sugary treat to this healthier option is a breeze come apple season. Drizzling fresh honey from the local farm would be your proverbial icing on the cake.
Make it yourself with Self's step by step video tutorial.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Pork and Apple Stew
Often associated as a sweet fruit for baking, a savory apple option is a tasty pork and apple stew. Hearty and filling an apple and pork stew will satisfy your savory apple needs. The dish has a sweet, tart flavor profile that perfectly compliments the rich pork pieces. This meal is perfect for those chilly fall nights where you just want to netflix and chill. Key ingredients are cabbage, potatoes, pork tenderloin and tangy Granny Smith apples.
Find the full recipe from Martha Stewart here.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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The Perfect Apple Pie
Did you really think we could make this list and leave off apple pie?! We are apple lovers after all and a sweet slice of the perfect apple pie hits the spot come fall season. There are so many apple pie recipes out there how can you be sure that yours is simply the best? After much research and to the dismay of grandmother's everywhere this certain to be on the best apple pie recipes on the market. Just give it a try.
Brooklyn base Four and Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie is... literally the ultimate in apple pie option. It all starts with their salty, flaky crust heaven.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Apple butter is a close cousin to our beloved applesauce. If it's the spread you are looking to achieve pass the apple mixture through a sieve and let it be. After baking the apples the flavor is concentrated and the excess juice is evaporated which creates the spreadable texture we look forward to this time of year.
Dive into this recipe of spreadable goodness from Bon Appétit.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Apple crisp is not technically pie. It's more of a deconstructing pie concoction with a crunchier taste. One could maybe call it a starter pie for a less experienced baker, an apple crisp is easy to make and even easier to devour. A crisp is the quickest baking option to reach your fall fruit dessert cravings. A crisp is also a wonderful single serving option if you are indulging in your apple collection alone.
Serious Eats shares what they call The Best Apple Crisp Recipe here.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Apple Lattce Mini Pies
These pies are not only the cutest but they are so fun to eat! Also let's talk about portion control. One half of the mini for breakfast and one half for dessert. The combination of the soft, buttery crust and sweet and tart pie filling is just heavenly with your daily coffee routine. These mini pies are perfect for entertaining at fall gatherings as well. Adorable as a substitute birthday cake, wedding cake or just for serving at the holidays.
Get the recipe for the sweet apple lattice mini... pies from Serious Eats.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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A perfect balance between salty, sweet and just the right amount of crisp in the crust makes for galette of ideal proportions. The maple whipped cream topping is a cloud of heaven on top of your autumnal dessert. Galettes are great for groups as you can slice it up and it's easy to serve to guests in a buffet style. This style dessert is often prepared as one large sheet similar to a pizza pie or can offered as individual servings. Both are fun so if you have enough apples try both ways!
Waiti...ng to test this salted-butter apple galette recipe from Bon Appétit this fall.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Pear and Apple Jam
You will cry at the end of apple season because it means the end of having pear and apple jam as your table staple. A sure way to get through your apple haul is weekly offerings of fresh apple jam. Packaged jam makes adorable gifts for friends, family and neighbors. If you are looking for a thoughtful way to give thanks around the holidays look in the direction of pear and apple jam.
Find the recipe via Martha Stewart.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Cider Bourbon Cocktail
Fresh picked apples are not only for cooking and baking but they are also ingredients for the bar come fall. Tart and sweet apple cider makes the perfect mixer for your favorite bourbon. We seem to drink apple cider by the galloon when it's in season, never can get enough. Drink hot or on ice a cider bourbon cocktail is sure to get you feeling all things fall.
Get the cider bourbon cocktail recipe here.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Apple Cider Donuts
If you didn't already buy a dozen fresh apple donuts at the orchard try this recipe at home. This recipe is great if you are craving some fresh donuts but also want to skip that trip to the orchard. Purchase some fresh apple cider from your local farmer's market to make your own light, tangy, delicious apple cider donuts from home. This recipe is easy to make and sure to be loved by adults and children alike.
A classic apple cider donut recipe from Bon Appétit.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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You will find no mayo in this vegan apple slaw recipe from Martha Stewart. Apple slaw is a delicious side for many autumnal dishes. Pork tenderloins are exceptional tasty with a touch of apple slaw as a pairing. Shredded cabbage gains a ton of flavor with the simple additions of apple slices, lemon juice and ginger. Apple slaw is also a great afternoon meal or wonderful to keep in your fridge and snack throughout the week.
Tasty apple slaw recipe from Martha Stewart.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
A smooth, creamy warm bowl of soup is a wonderful way to welcome the fall. The combination of butternut squash and fresh pick apples is one of the best to purée into seasonal magic. The subtle spice flavoring will bring you into a cozy, nostalgia state to help celebrate the time of year. The best part of this recipe is actually how simple it is. Slice up the veggies throw them in a blender with the spices and your work here is done!
Find the recipe from Martha Stewart here.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Everyone has a variation of an apple cake recipe passed along generations in their family. An apple cake is a wonderful fall tradition that can be enjoy as both breakfast and dessert. A slice of warm apple cake accompanies that morning coffee with delight. An apple cake is a simple cake option to help put those extra apples from the orchard to good use. Instead of an excess of butter the recipe below uses on oil to bring out the rich, sweet fruit flavors. Pull out that fork because I think you... might be at the table for a while with this one.
Love this classic recipe from the NYTimes called Teddie's Apple Cake Recipe.