10/14/13

Apple Season + Favortite Apple Recipes

October means many things. 

Leaves are changing.

The days are getting shorter and sunlight fades a bit earlier each day.

The breezes are picking up and the temperatures are dropping.

Football season is in full-swing and baseball season finds itself in post-season.

But above all this, it means….  Apple Season!

I absolutely love apples. I love everything about them! And each year, my family and I journey to the North Georgia moutains to Elijay, GA for our annual apple farm trip! We have been traveling these same roads and visiting these same farms since I was 2 years old! It’s a tradition that never gets old, that I never tire of, that I always look forward to, and one I hope to pass along to my future children and granchildren. May they love it as much as I did and still do!

9-16-12; Trip to Apple Farms 023

9-16-12; Trip to Apple Farms 021

It’s just a darling little town.

Our favorite apple house is family-owned apple house called Mercier’s Orchards in Blue Ridge, GA. We have been coming here for our apples and fried pies since I can remember.

9-16-12; Trip to Apple Farms 018

9-16-12; Trip to Apple Farms 019

Check out their full website here.

Now, one of my rules for picking apples is don’t go with a specific order in mind. Last year, I may have been in love with Beni Shoguns and the year before that was Ambrosia apples, but this year it could be Pink Ladies or Jonagolds. This is how I have found some of my favorites! I march myself right up to the tasting table, tell the nice lady what flavor profile I am looking for, and ask her her recommendations. She always steers me in the right direction! This year was all about the JonaPrince for me. Juicy, firm, and just the right balance of sweet and sour. A perfect crisp apple for snacking or baking.

Now, what to do with all these glorious bushels? Well, I’ve got a few ideas…

Here are some of my alltime favorite apple recipes…

Gamedays would simply never be complete with apple dip. Couldn’t be any simpler and it’s cool, creamy, and delicious.

Recipe: (if you can even call it that):

  1. Combine one 8 oz brick of softened cream cheese with 3/4 cup brown sugar until nice and whipped and is a pale golden hue throughout. You just want to ensure it’s not grainy.
  2. Add 1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and whip that in.
  3. Then finally fold in 1 cup toffee bits. Place into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve with apple slices.

 Apple Brickle Dip Recipe

*picture from TasteofHome.com.

I made this simple Apple & Black Walnut Cake with warm Caramel Icing for one of our neighbors while he was convalescing after shoulder surgery.

It was delicious, simple, unpretentious, and stick-to-your-ribs delicious warm apple cake.

Now, I have no notions that this is a pretty cake, so I wouldn’t exactlysuggest for fancy dinner party, but honestly, who has time for those anyways?!?{follow the link above for the complete recipe}

I also love quick and easy homemade apple chutney to serve warm alongside baked brie or other cheeses or as a thick and slathery spread on a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Here is how I make mine.

image_2

image_5

So,so simple and so good!

Who could resist caramel apples? They are the absolute perfect fall treat. Whip up a batch for your next tailgate this weekend! I like this recipe for the caramel sauce from Cooking Light.

Caramel Apples Recipe

*picture from cookinglight.com.

Want to dress them up a bit? Roll them in mini chocolate chips, chopped toasted nuts, chopped toffee nibs, or sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar for that unmistakable apple pie taste. Or if you want to be slightly daring, sprinkle on a little coarse sea salt. Caramel and salt are a match made in heaven. In fact, I am going to whip up a batch of Salted Caramel apples for Bible Study next time it is my turn to bring snacks.

Quick and easy apple dumplings are a great Southern tradition. Serve it still warm from the oven with a scoop of store-bought vanilla ice cream and you are hero for a day! This recipe is from one of my mom’s favorite publications, Southern Living. I was raised on SL recipes.

Quick Apple Dumplings Recipe

*picture courtesy of myrecipes.com.

Aren’t those just beautiful? Wish mine looked just like that when they came out. What can I say? Mine are a bit more rustic and lovable. Maybe one day I will master the art of pastry decorating.

Something I cannot wait to try is homemade apple butter. My DatDat absolutely adores the stuff and I found the recipe I am going to try. It is an Oven Apple Butter that you start on the stovetop and then bake slowly stirring every hour to ensure smooth texture and great delicious sugar and spiciness.

Oven Apple Butter Recipe

*picture from Southern Living October 2000 issue  

So, what are some of your favorite apple recipes?

 

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *