Apple picking is a great way to welcome fall with your kids, a first date, or during a fun group outing with friends. So what are you to do with the apples you bring home? Read on for some creative and tasty ideas to go with your bushel of fun.
The all-American apple pie is a great way to use up your collection, but don’t be scared off by how complicated it soundsit’s surprisingly easy. Make sure you have the following ingredients:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup flour
- 6 large apples, sliced thin
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2 unbaked pie crusts
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Mix together your dry ingredients. Add the apple slices and heap them onto a pie pan lined with one of the unbaked crusts. Dab the butter over the mixture. Cover with another pie crust, cut some slits, and seal the crusts together. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned.
You likely already know how to make a fruit salad , but have you considered adding blue cheese crumbles?
You may also add a half-cup of walnuts that have been roasted in an oven at 350 degrees and allowed to cool. If that doesn’t sound tasty enough, make a dressing out of 2 tsp honey, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice. Then add your favorite fruits and throwing in some veggies like cucumbers or celery.
- 3 lbs apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Place the apples and water in a saucepan and simmer over a medium-low heat until the apples are soft. Once tender, use a blender to puree the apples, then stir in the juice and sugar. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat.
Caramel apple slices
If candy apples seem a little advanced for you, try this easy variation with your apple picking riches:
- 3 apples, sliced in half, with the core scooped out
- 2 cups caramel squares
- 2 tbs corn syrup
- Juice from one lemon
Use the lemon juice on the cut apples to keep them from turning brown while you melt the caramels in a microwave-proof bowl until they are just barely melted, about 15 seconds at a time. Stir and let cool slightly. Wipe the lemon juice off the applesthe drier the apple, the better the caramel sticks. Spoon the caramel into the scooped-out apple halves, then let them chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Cut into thick slices.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large apples, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
While your oven is preheating to 400 degrees, mix the eggs and sugar, then slowly stir in the flour until you have a smooth batter. Mix in the apple chunks, then pour them into a round, 9-inch cake pan. Bake for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees, and continue to bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Take your favorite pancake mix and add 1 peeled apple, sliced thin. Add some cinnamon to taste (about a 1/2 tsp or more, depending on how much batter you’re making). Cook at a slightly lower heat than regular pancakes. These take a little longer to cook, and you don’t want them to burn.