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Apple Fritters — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, October 20th, 2015

Apple FrittersDuring my junior year of high school I spent my Saturdays behind the counter of a local doughnut shop. It wasn’t a glamorous job, but I was happy surrounded by fried dough. The regulars were kind. The tips were adequate. And I was content with all the iced coffee I could guzzle during my six-hour shift.

While I rarely indulged in a doughnut during work hours, I often brought treats home for my family to share. The apple fritters were our favorites. When most people think of apple fritters, they probably imagine bucolic apple orchards, rustic baskets of overflowing, just-picked fruit and somebody’s beloved grandmother with her secret recipe. Not me. I think of the apple fritters I brought home from the smoky doughnut shop, tucked into a waxy bag and reheated in the microwave. My brother and would share a piping-hot, knobby pastry while standing up at the island in our suburban kitchen. There was nothing charming about the ritual. But the fritters were exceptionally delicious, and that’s all we cared about.

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Apple Picking in New England and What I’m Cooking with 20 Pounds of Apples

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, October 10th, 2015

Apple Crumbple with Cardamom-Vanilla Caramel SaucePhilippe and I took our family apple picking last weekend in a lush, green New Hampshire orchard, and my love for this perfectly crisp, juicy, sweet fruit has been renewed. Watching my sweet daughter Charlotte reach up to a tree heavy with ruby-red fruit and pluck her first apple ever warmed my heart. And seeing Océane nibble on two different apples — one in each hand, while the picking bag, full of fruit, hung heavy looped around her tiny forearm — had me smiling (and mentally preparing for the aftermath of letting four girls freely pick as many apples as they wished). I wondered just how many apples the Transportation Security Administration would let us stash in our carry-on suitcases (the answer: a lot, but only after being pulled out of line for a thorough swabbing of the 20 or so pounds of apples we packed).

During the past few days since our trip to the orchard, we’ve snacked on more apples than I thought possible, given apples to each of the girls’ teachers (and the girls’ teachers from last year, because why leave them out?) and we still have two huge fruit bowls brimming with apples of all kinds. We have tart, firm cooking apples, crisp eating varieties, thick-skinned greenish apples that I don’t recognize but love once I get past the reptile-like skin, trusty red apples and Golden Delicious apples. I’m baking up some basics: my favorite Classic Apple Tart (with an easy butter crust that’s unbelievably good!), a Quick Cinnamon Apple Tart (perfect for when I’m feeling rushed) and my Apple Crumble with Cardamom-Vanilla Caramel Sauce (pictured above). But apples don’t have to be just for sweets. I’ll add a cup or two of cubed (or julienned) apple to my Fennel and Cabbage Slaw or to my Asian Coleslaw (my personal favorite), where some apple will add just the right level of tangy, sweet and tart to complement the warm ginger and spicy Sriracha. And if we still have a few stragglers left next week that somehow didn’t make it into a recipe or someone’s mouth for an after-school snack, I’ll cube them up and simmer them in a bit of water with a cinnamon stick, a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of maple syrup (also from our New England trip) and make an easy, chunky compote. (Or you can blend up the mixture for a smoother applesauce.) Now I feel like autumn is official.

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9 Snacks You Can Make with an Apple

by in Recipes, October 6th, 2015

Apple MuffinsNothing is better at this time of year than a crisp, juicy apple. And no one is hungrier at a certain time of day (say, when they come home from school) than kids. From no-cook options to baked goods that will perfume the whole house, here are nine delicious snacks made with apples.

Apple Muffins
It could be the buttermilk, or all those chopped pecans, but Ellie Krieger’s gorgeous apple muffins have 230 perfect reviews … and counting!

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The Ultimate Fall Dessert: Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Gooey Caramel Drizzle

by in Recipes, October 5th, 2015

Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Gooey Caramel DrizzleThere is nothing quite as magical and comforting as fall baking. The changing colors of the leaves usually means we can start using cinnamon and apples. This impressive cake is filled with those familiar flavors, and it’s simply a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty and essence of fall.

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Apple-Sage Cornbread-Stuffed Pork Chops — Party of Two

by in Recipes, October 2nd, 2015

Apple-Sage Cornbread-Stuffed Pork ChopsIt is officially fall! September was the month that apples started to come into season, so my question is: Did you and your other half make a date and go apple picking? I think apple picking is so romantic. Just imagine a crisp fall day with plaid shirts, boots and a big mug of hot apple cider as you walk through the orchard — not to mention all the bushels of apples you end up picking for all things apples. But even if you haven’t gone apple picking, or if there are no orchards anywhere near you, I’m sure you’re stocking up on all the apple goodness that has been overflowing in the grocery stores. I swear, my husband and I could not walk into our local grocery store without seeing rows and rows of so many different variety of apples!

When I think of cooking anything in the fall, I think of apples and sage. They’re my favorite fall flavors when it comes to savory dishes. Something about the smell when you’re cooking them together makes me love the season even more. These apple-sage cornbread-stuffed pork chops are going to be a date night favorite in your household this fall — and, best of all, this recipe makes just enough for your party of two, with no overflowing leftovers in sight. It’s a warm, hearty dish that you can make together: Work side by side in the kitchen by stuffing your own pork chop with as much filling as it will hold. It’s a fun little dish to do together, because one of you can hold the pork chop as the other stuffs it, or vice versa.

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So, You Have a Lot of Apples? Make Applesauce

by in In Season, Recipes, October 2nd, 2015

Whether you’ve spent all weekend at the orchard or you simply picked up a few bags of the skinned beauties from the grocery store, your crisper drawer is likely chock-full of apples. Once you’ve had your fill of pies, tarts and breads — and worked apples into your favorite savory recipes — it’s time to look to applesauce.

If you’ve stayed away from the from-scratch stuff over worry of a tricky assembly, fear not. It’s as simple as piling the ingredients in a pot and letting the heat work its magic. In her fuss-free recipe for Homemade Applesauce, Ina Garten opts for a mix of tart and sweet apples, plus warm spices like cinnamon and allspice to add the comforting flavors of the season. She bakes the mixture at a moderate temperature — 350 degrees F — so the apples will slowly break down and turn soft. Once they’re ready, all you have to do to turn out a smooth finished product is toss the red peel and quickly whisk the applesauce before serving.

Click the play button on the video above to watch how Ina makes this easy, healthy fall staple.

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A Few Good Apples: 7 Apple Varieties and the Best Uses for Each

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2015

There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to fruit, Americans prefer apples — not just for their taste and versatility, but for their robust health benefits and year-round availability, too. A recent study found that apples account for 29 percent of the fruit consumed by U.S. kids daily. To keep up with the demand, growers have begun reviving long-gone heirloom varieties, and high-tech breeders are creating new strains for every taste — tart apples, sweet apples, apples that don’t brown after cutting. But a quick trip to the grocery store can easily turn into an ordeal when faced with the dozen or so varieties in rotation at any given time. While this is nothing compared with the tens of thousands of apple varieties available in the U.S. at one point, it’s still a lot when you consider how heavily modern agricultural practices have streamlined our choices.

As we enter prime apple season, it’s important to keep in mind that not all breeds are created equal. While some varieties were destined to star in your Thanksgiving apple pie, others are better suited for applesauce, salads or eating fresh out of hand. If you’ve been underwhelmed by previous attempts to cook or bake with apples, the problem may have nothing to do with your kitchen skills and everything to do with your choice of fruit. The following are just a sampling of the countless breeds you’ll find in markets every fall, with tips on the best uses for each variety.

As a general rule, Fujis are too juicy for baking, but they’re great for eating fresh. Use them to add a touch of sweetness in salads and slaws — or, slice them up and use them as a sweet-crisp complement to your fall cheese board, as Rachael Ray does in her recipe for Warm Brie with Fuji Apple, Pear and Melba Toasts. However, if gently simmered on the stovetop, Fujis can make a wonderfully sweet and supple topping for fresh baked goods, as you’ll find with Food Network Kitchen’s Souffle Pancake with Apple-Pear Compote (pictured at top).

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Apple Season Turns Boozy with This 5-Minute Cocktail

by in Drinks, Shows, September 26th, 2015

Apple Sorbet, Scotch and Soda Float‘Tis the season for all things apples, from sweet classics like pies, tarts and breads, to the savory side of the menu with hearty pork roasts and fresh salads. But what happens at cocktail hour? It turns out that you can enjoy the taste of autumn’s signature flavor in drink form, too. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts celebrated the best flavors of fall with go-to seasonal recipes, including Geoffrey Zakarian’s Apple Sorbet, Scotch and Soda Float.

It takes only those three key ingredients and a quick five minutes to make this adults-only cocktail, which doubles as a dessert, thanks to the scoops of refreshing apple sorbet in each class. The secret to serving GZ’s recipe? Freezing the glasses before filling them with the sorbet, which will help keep the drink chilled longer.

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Quickest, Easiest Apple Dessert Recipes — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, September 24th, 2015

Quick and Easy Apple TartWhether you’re picking them up by the armload at the supermarket or trekking out to the fields to pick some of your very own, there is no better time to be eating crunchy, juicy apples. At the peak of their season, these crisp beauties can be taken as they are, or cooked into any number of spiced, fit-for-fall preparations. Get the most out of apple season with these quick and easy recipes, which require little hardcore prep and can be on the table in under an hour.

Enjoying your apple loot in pastry form might sound like a big deal, but Ree Drummond’s Quick and Easy Apple Tart is a total cinch to make. Thanks to sheets of puff pastry and store-bought caramel sauce, this flaky treat takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Coming Soon to a Table Near You: 5 Apple Recipes for Fall

by in Recipes, September 1st, 2015

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice CreamJust as blockbusters leave movie theaters to make way for award-season films, so too must our summer produce pack up and leave stores. But fear not, because for each and every peach, plum and berry recipe we must bid goodbye for another season, a trusty apple recipe swoops in to save the day. Here’s a preview of five things we can’t wait to see on our tables this fall.

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Make grilling season last a little longer with an easy apple crumble (pictured above) that comes together in 25 minutes. Grill tart Granny Smith apples until browned on both sides, then top with vanilla ice cream, granola and a warm caramel sauce. Dare we say this dessert is almost better than traditional apple pie?

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