Fall Inspired Apple Recipes

October 28, 2020

Fall is here! Ok, maybe not the weather, but the season started September 22nd. Everything pumpkin is out, and Halloween decorations are beginning to make their way into homes. National Apple Day is October 22nd this month. Apple Hill is open and ready for visitors.

If you find yourself with an abundance of apples, here are some great recipes to keep in mind. 


Slow Cooker Apple Cider

After a long day, there is nothing better than getting cozy on the couch with a warm cup of apple cider.  This super simple, drink is extremely yummy and makes your home smell amazing. 


Ingredients

  • 8-10 medium apples
  • 1 orange
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp whole allspice
  • ½ -1c brown sugar – depending on preferred level of sweetness
  • Water

 

Directions

  1. Core and quarter apples and add to slow cooker.
  2. Peel orange and separate into pieces, then place in the slow cooker
  3. Add cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
  4. Fill with water until all ingredients are covered (near the top) then stir
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours
  6. OPTIONAL – mash everything with a potato masher. This released the juice from the apples and orange and makes a more robust tasting cider
  7. Strain cider
  8. Add sugar to taste – pro tip, start with a little bit and taste. You can always add more
  9. Serve and Enjoy!


Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce will save you money and customizable with the amount and type of sugar used. Applesauce can be added to pork chops, meatloaf, meatballs, and hamburgers for an easy weeknight meal. 



Ingredients

  • 6-8 small/medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar or your choice of sweetener
  • ¾ cup of water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon – add more to taste

 

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
  2. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until apples are soft
  3. Cool and mash with a potato masher or pulse in food processor



Apple Pie

I remember making peach cobbler and apple pie with my grandmother when I was a child. Nothing is better than a homemade apple pie. Over the years, we have evolved and have made homemade vanilla ice cream to go along with it. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg white
  • Additional sugar


Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour, and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  • 2. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll remaining crust to fit the top of pie; place overfilling. Trim, seal, and flute edges. Cut slits in crust.
  • 3. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.


What are some of your favorite fall apple favorites?