I love seeing all the different apple varieties in the stores in the fall. In my area, Honey Crisp is a big hit in the fall. They’re perfect for pies and applesauce, not to mention a great eating apple. My husband has been playing around with the perfect apple recipe for several years. His best pies happen in the fall when the varieties he uses are at their freshest.
Apples for Saucing
I include at least 2 varieties of apples in my sauce. I prefer Macoun and Honey Crisp; I find Golden Delicious and Red Delicious to be a little mealy and lacking in flavor. Stayman Winesap is another tasty apple that works well alone or combined with another apple variety.
- Ginger Gold
- Golden Delicious
- Honey Crisp
- Red Delicious
- Stayman Winesap
If you run across a fabulous deal on apples this fall, try drying them to store for the winter. Many apples store well for about a month or 2. If you want to store them longer, drying and freezing apples will keep them preserved for a year.
This apple corer/slicer is one of my favorite kitchen tools! I didn’t know about it until my 6 year old son’s Kindergarten teacher brought hers in to cut up apples for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast.
To use the tool, place the apple on a flat surface making sure that the stem area is centered in the middle hole of the apple slicer. This ensures that all the seeds stay in the cored area. Using both handles, press down hard with the slicer. As you can see from the picture, the slices can be grabbed from the top. I usually push the core out the bottom and put it in our compost bucket.
Having gluten free baked apple slices is like having a mini crisp without all the fuss.
When my oldest son took a cooking class in high school, he brought home a recipe for apple streusel muffins that inspired this gluten free version using a variation of my basic gluten free vanilla cupcakes.
I love making applesauce with my kids in the fall. When you pick the right apple varieties, homemade applesauce is such a treat!
If you have time to make a crisp, this Cranberry Apple crisp combines the tartness of cranberries, on sale in the fall, with the sweetness of apples. I love to eat this crisp as dessert with a side of vanilla ice cream or as breakfast with a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese.
A few years ago, when I started eating gluten free, I needed to find some easy lunch recipes for me that I could also use at dinnertime if we were having pasta for dinner. This Butternut Squash Soup with its Ginger and Apple flavors is the perfect soup for lunch and freezes well in case I need it for dinner later in the week.
Clearly I love crisps! Use peach and apple like I did or swap out the peach for pear for another great fall taste.
I hope these apple recipes have inspired you to get in the kitchen and start baking. Share them with your friends, and don’t forget to check out my Simple Dinner Recipes to help you get dinner on the table in an easy 30 minutes.