Happy October! This week my highlight will not be a multitude of events I enjoyed throughout the week, but will be focused on one thing: the apple! It’s apple season, so now is the best time to talk about this wonderful fruit and share some of my favorite apple recipes!
This weekend my friends and I went apple picking and I got a 10 lb bag of apples. On top of that, we had received two other bags from my sister and my mom’s friend, so we really have been on apple overdose in our household recently. No worries though, apples stay fresh for a long time and are super versatile!
We started our apple picking day with a delicious breakfast at a restaurant on the apple orchard. Their specialty are crêpes, and these were seriously out of this world delicious. I ordered their fruit and maple variety, which was one of the best crêpes I have had in a while. It was jammed-packed with a ton of fruit (almost too much if that’s even possible) and this delicious sweet sauce that tasted like melted sugar and butter, which is a very very good thing (if you were wondering).
After that, I went to explore the little shop by the restaurant, which had a bunch of frozen homemade foods, maple syrup and apple products! I was very tempted to buy a frozen container of pumpkin soup, but ended up exercising some restraint and decided not to get it.
It was a very nice day to go apple picking, with the weather being just right! The trees were bursting with apples, which was beautiful to see and delicious to taste. After our bags and stomachs were full of apples, we went to get some apple cinnamon donuts (since we obviously didn’t eat enough apples already). They were really talked up and I thought they tasted very fried, but the more I ate it the better it got and by the time I finished it, I kinda wanted another one.
That was our day! Since I now have a ridiculous amount of apples, it’s time to bake with them!
These recipes are all tried and tested by my family, so they are all super delicious and worthy of making. However, I do have to give full credit to my mom who made all these goodies while I was working or at school this week! (Thanks mom!)
My Mom’s Classic Apple Crisp
As you can tell, this recipe is definitely a family favorite, by the looks of that recipe card. This is my favorite recipe for apple crisp, it’s just so yummy! With a crunchy topping and soft tangy apples, it is the perfect version of this fall staple! I am more than happy to share this family recipe with all of you. (We really have no idea where this recipe came from unfortunately.)
FOR THE APPLE FILLING:
4 cups apples, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
FOR THE CRUMBLE:
3/4 cup flour, sifted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/8 tsp salt
1) Preheat oven to 325F.
2) Place sliced apples in greased 8×8 square pan. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter and cover the apples. Pour lemon juice over the mixture.
2) Mix together the crumble ingredients and cover the apple preparation. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
5 Minute Apple Crisp in a Mug
While I am on the apple crisp theme, I thought it would be great to feature a shorter version of this fall staple for instant apple crisp craving relief! This microwaveable apple crisp is simply amazing, and makes for a great dessert (or for me, a great snack while studying)! You can find the recipe at pinchofyum.com. I have inspired myself from one of her recipes before, click here if you are interested in checking that out!
In this recipe, I replaced the 3 tbsp of butter for 1 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of applesauce. This still turned out great even though the fat was cut quite substantially. Yay!
Crock pot Apple Butter
I AM OBSESSED WITH APPLE BUTTER. This is the first fall I’ve had it and I am glad I finally did! This is extremely good for people who have A LOT of apples, since it uses 6 pounds of them! This apple butter is so versatile and SO yummy. So far, I’ve been generously slathering it on toast and on tea biscuits. I’m sure it would also be great on warm baked goods and even mixed into plain yogurt.
You can get this recipe at thegraciouswife.com
Check out the next two links for more recipe ideas. I’ve tried and tested both these recipes, so trust me when I say they are extremely delicious!
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you get to take advantage of this apple season!
What are your favorite apple based desserts?