Now that you’ve foraged pounds of apples, it’s time to get cooking. Start with the basics like Ina’s deep-dish apple pie or a simple salad. If you’re looking for something on the trendier side, hasselback your apples for a simple dessert with a pretty, Instagram-ready presentation. Chances are you’ll have more than enough apples to make a few of the dishes on this list. Read more
This is the cake for fall. The cake that will make people take their phones out and share it on social media, tagging you with #AmazingCake #BestBaker #CakeGoals #Wow. The cake no one will let you cut into until they have the perfect picture for Instagram. (Helpful hint: The Hefe filter is amazing for this cake!) This is the cake that will boost you to “legendary” status among friends and family. This is the cake that people will love to look at but love to eat even more. This is the cake that will make you the most-popular baker in the neighborhood. This is the cake that everyone will talk about — all the time. It’s just that good!
OK, so what is this cake? It’s a fresh apple-cinnamon beauty, and it’s the perfect way to usher in fall. It takes advantage of the “naked cake” trend and reveals its thick, rich layers of moist, apple-studded cake and fluffy frosting — that perfectly sweet caramel buttercream is the ideal complement to the traditional fall flavors of apple and spice. But here is where it gets decadent: the homemade mini butterscotch-dunked apples adorning the top of the cake. The final touch? Caramel drizzled over every nook and cranny, of course!
Today marks the very first day of fall, the time when you unearth your flannel from storage, shine your tucked-away boots and ready your kitchen for colder-weather fare. It’s also the time when there are apples aplenty, and any trip to the farm for picking (or even any trip to the supermarket) will have you loaded down with more crisp, juicy apples than you know what to do with. Celebrate the very start of the season with our favorite desserts starring apples, each with a stunning 5-star rating.
If you can slice an apple, you can bake Ina Garten’s pretty French Apple Tart. Simply splay tart apple slices over easy-to-make pastry dough and brush with apricot glaze before baking to give it a caramelized, golden finish.
We love newfangled food trends just as much as the next Instagram addict, but something about this cool fall weather has us craving simple, comforting classics. Very few flavor combinations bring us back to the basics like that of sweet-tart apples and creamy cheddar cheese, a time-honored pairing that’s so simple in theory yet gastronomically complex. Apple pie laced with sharp cheddar, smooth apple-and-cheddar bisque — there are dozens of forms that this sweet-and-savory flavor union can take. So, as we work up to another season of comfort food, here are a few of our favorite iterations of the quintessential fall combo.
Curried Squash Soup with Apple-and-Cheddar Melts
Rachael Ray builds her gooey cheese melts by layering sharp cheddar and Gala apple slices between thick slabs of white bread. But first she spreads a generous dollop of sweet mango chutney across each bread slice. When you dip your sandwich into the spiced squash soup, the chutney will blend nicely with the sweet and aromatic curry in every bite.
A crisp, tart, ruby-red apple dipped in luscious caramel and served on a stick is the quintessential fall treat for kids and grownups alike. Which means it’s time to go apple picking or swing by your local farmers’ market to snag the first fruit of the season plucked straight from the orchard. Then, get to the delicious work of making our Perfect Caramel Apples, or one of these decadent desserts featuring this classic duo.
Bobby isn’t afraid to “gild the lily” when it comes to dessert. Some chefs would call it a day after whipping up a perfectly creamy cheesecake, but Bobby tops his Caramel Apple Cheesecake (pictured above) with fresh apple slices sautéed with apple brandy, a homemade spiked caramel sauce and crunchy toasted almonds.
Have you got a last-minute dessert emergency on your hands? Did you forget about the bake sale? Or maybe some friends stopped by unexpectedly. Consider this blondie your sweet life vest.
Craving both cookies and pie? A classic crumb bar is just what you need! It’s got a tender, sweet cookie base, real fruit filling and a chewy crumb topping. More portable than pie and more satisfying than a cookie, I’d say a crumb bar with a tall glass of milk would even make a pretty good breakfast (if there were any leftovers from the day before, that is!). Read more
During 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.
Philippe 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.
Nothing 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.
It could be the buttermilk, or all those chopped pecans, but Ellie Krieger’s gorgeous apple muffins have 230 perfect reviews … and counting!