When fall arrives, one of the first things we want to do is go apple picking. It’s a great way to spend a weekend with the family, enjoy some fresh air and come home with a lot of delicious apples.
While many apples are delicious eaten out of hand, when you suddenly have 20 of them because everyone got a *little* carried away, knowing what to do with them can be a bit trickier. Below we’ve shared three easy recipes to help you figure out what to do with all those yummy apples.
Consider these Apple Rings when you are looking for a way to jazz up plain apples or need a quick after school snack for the kids. Simply core and thinly slice apples to about 1/4 inch thick. Add a favorite spread (try peanut butter, Nutella, almond butter, or cream cheese for starters) and pair with toppings. Some of our favorites include mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries or sour cherries, peanuts, or even marshmallows. Alternatively, you can prepare the apples and let the kids choose their own spreads and toppings—perfect if you have a picky eater on your hand.
- Crisp snacking apples such as: Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith.
- Nut or seed spread
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Slow Cooker Homemade Applesauce
Applesauce is not only easy to make, but it’s also less particular than other apple recipes. While certain apples are better for baking and others are better eaten as is, you can pop in a medley of apple varieties and still end up with delicious applesauce. You’ll want first to peel the skins and core the apples and then slice them to your preference. Thinly sliced will cook down quicker, while thicker chunks will take more time. Keep this in mind if you like applesauce that has a few chunky bits to it.
Once you’ve prepped your apples, pop them into the slow cooker along with water, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon sticks if preferred. We like this recipe from the kitchn.
Photo by Joe Lingeman via the kitchn
- 3 pounds large apples (about 6), any variety
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (optional)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Once you have all the ingredients in your pot, cover and cook on the HIGH setting for 4 hours, stirring twice during cooking. Once finished, puree the applesauce for a smooth texture, or leave it as if you prefer chunky applesauce. Let cool at room temperature and then refrigerate up to five days. Use it as a quick snack, or served over pork chops at dinner or even with ice cream for dessert.
Image via Martha Stewart
For healthy snacking at its finest, apple crisps are the way to go. Any sweet-crisp apple will do for this recipe, so you can try out a few to see what you or your kids like best.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Start by coring the apples and then slicing them in half very thinly with a really sharp knife or mandolin. Arrange in a single layer on the sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Crisp apple varieties such as Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Fuji, Cameo, and Braeburn.
- Cinnamon for sprinkling
Bake for two hours and take a peek at the apples. If they are cooking too quickly or don’t seem to be crisping, rearrange them on the racks. Bake for another 1 to 1.5 hours until your desired crispness. The slices will harden slightly after a few minutes when taken out of the over and set at room temperature, so you can always take out a test slice to sample.
Store them in an airtight container for up to a week.
What about you? Do you have any favorite apple recipes? If so, share below!