As apple season nears its end in our area, I spent some time going back through my recipes to make sure I’ve gotten a chance to enjoy them all with fresh apples. Since I grew up with an apple orchard right next to my house, apples have always been a big part of my life. Snipping blossoms and arranging them in a big vase in spring time, watching the little apples grow throughout the summer, picking that first Macoun in early fall and polishing it on my jeans before taking a crispy bite, sampling all the different varieties, helping press the apples into cider, and of course baking apples into a pie. Now that I no longer live on the farm, I’ve planted my own little mini-orchard of six apple trees, but it will be a few years before I get any apples.
Here are some of my favorite ways to eat apples. As you prepare any of these recipes, I highly recommend eating the skin that you peel off of the apples. The skin smells and tastes wonderful, so don’t waste it!
Apple Walnut Bread
Apple Raspberry Crisp
Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie or traditional Apple Pie
Cinnamon Cider Jelly (Reduced-sugar version, too!)
Applesauce and Caramel Apple Butter
What’s your favorite way to eat apples?
Can you believe I don’t have a recipe for apple pie posted already, after 2.5 years of blogging? I grew up on an apple orchard, for goodness sake! This one has a flakey crust and nice, soft apples. (My two pie pet peeves are a raw bottom crust and crunchy, uncooked apples!)
- dough for 2-crusted pie
- 5-6 large apples (I like a mixture. This time it was Ida Red and Macoun.)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 2 Tbsp butter
Roll out the bottom crust and line the pie pan. Peel and slice the apples thinly and place them in a large bowl, then add the sugar, flour and spices. Stir to combine and pile the apples high in the crust. Dot with butter, then roll out the remaining crust and place it on top of the apples. Crimp the edges and cut some vents. Bake in a preheated 425° oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350° and bake for another 50 minutes. Serve warm with slices of sharp cheddar cheese.
I had planned to take a picture, but we ate it too quickly. Next time, I promise!
Please link up in the comments with your best apple pie recipe!