Autumn is here and in full swing! The leaves are changing and falling, the air is crisp and cool, and apples are ready to be picked and eaten! Whether you are in the Massachusetts eating local Macintosh apples, or elsewhere in the world eating one of the other 7,500 varieties of apple, here are some ideas for how to enjoy your apple.
Personal Apple Pies
Apple Pie may be a staple of both fall and the holidays, but this twist is anything but traditional. Try making a single-serving apple pie by carving out the innards of the apple, replacing them with apple pie filling, and then placing a layer of flakey crust on top.
a tasty and packable treat, drying your own apples–though a long process–gives you the artistic licence to do whatever you please! Sprinkle with cinnamon, dip in peanut butter, top with salt or leave them au natural.
Apples in a Soup
Many soup recipes call for apples. There’s Potato Soup with Apples and Brie Cheese, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Curried Apple Soup, Apple-Pumpkin Soup…and the list goes on! Try experimenting with sweet apples to make a savory dish!
Treat your sweet tooth to a decadent Carnival Style Caramel Apple. Or don’t, and purchased some pre-packaged caramel dipping sauces from your local grocery store. Either way, caramel + apples = nirvana for your mouth.
Follow the footsteps of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in NYC and put apples in a salad, along with some celery, grapes, and walnuts.
Perfect for breakfast, dessert, with breads or by itself, warm apple compote is a wonderful mix of soft baked apple, brown sugar, and yummy spices.
Though it may take forever to make, apple butter is well worth the wait. Plus, once its cooked, if it sealed correctly, apple butter will keep in the fridge or the freezer for a long period of time, allowing you to enjoy it for much, much longer than it takes to make!
Put a spin on this traditional fruity drink by adding apples, oranges, and spices to your liquid mixture (a recipe for those 21+).
Fresh Apple Salsa
Most people have eaten tomato salsa, and most have heard of mango salsa, but fresh apple salsa rivals both of these dishes. Mix it with strawberries and kiwi for a sweeter dish, or with jalapeños and lime juice for a bit more of zing.
Apple Sauce Brownies
For a healthier version of your favorite brownie recipe, try using applesauce as a substitute for oil. The brownies come out just as moist and tasty, though a bit lumpier. A worthwhile exchange for the health benefits of the switch!
By Taylor Reiter (Dunster House FLP)