Apple Recipes!

You thought this was going to be a post chockablock full of apple recipes, didn’t you?  It was a trickI need apple recipes.  I’m dying for apple recipes.  I have a tree so full of ripe apples right now the branches are literally breaking under the weight.  So.

apple trees

This is where you come in.  I need apple recipes.  Have I mentioned that yet? I made about 25 quarts of apple cider over the weekend, but I’ve barely made a dent in the crop.


apple bucket

Please leave me any apple ideas in the comments.  We’re up to our necks in apples over here.

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  1. kimberly :

    applesauce: apples, orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, crock pot, immersion blender. done.

    apple turnovers: puff pastry sheets, sliced apples, sugar & cinnamon. cut sheets into squares, fill with apples and sprinkle, then fold corners in. bake according to package directions.

    pie: I have never actually done pie. sorry. but you totally should.

    apple cake–see bakerella or try an old fashioned recipe.

  2. Anitra :

    This is one of my most favorite apple desserts EVER.

    And how can you go wrong with a dessert that involves Mountain Dew? (Don’t worry…I’m pretty sure the caffeine bakes out, so you won’t have to go to your bishop about it :)

    • diamondgirl :

      I second this one it is good good good.

  3. Maman A Droit :

    I love the applebread recipe in the red plaid cookbook. I don’t bother to peel or measure apples (I just use 2 grocery store size apples per batch) and it’s always turned out delicious. You could probably make a bunch of small loaves, freeze them, & save them for holiday gifts!

  4. Leadia Jarvis/The Breeder's Digest :

    I love the PW’s apple dumplings. I also use her pie crust recipe (but I do 50/50 shortening/butter) and it makes a lovely crust for pie or turnovers. Don’t forget to make a few caramel apples (my favorite!)

    My go-to recipe when I have apples to use up is “Apple Dump Cake”. You literally *dump* everything into a bowl, mix, and bake. Easy, peasy. My kids love to help and this cake is great for breakfast, dessert, or a potluck. Plus, your house will smell divine!
    2c sliced apples
    1/2c oil
    2c flour
    2c sugar
    1tsp baking soda
    1tsp cinnamon
    1/2tsp nutmeg (this is not part of the original recipe, I just like to add it)
    1tsp salt
    1tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until moistened. Bake in a 13″x9″2″ pan @ 325 degrees for 1 hour (or until golden…I find it best to eyeball it rather than go by the timer).

    There’s also this recipe, which one of my grandma’s friends brought faithfully to “Old Timer’s Potluck”.

    Apple Pie Bars
    CRUST: 2c flour, 1/2c shortening, 1/2tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp salt, 1c. butter, 2 egg yolks, beaten.
    FILLING: 4 c. sliced apples, 1/2c. sugar, 1/4c. flour, 1tsp. cinnamon, 1/4tsp. nutmeg, 2 egg whites, beaten

    Combine dry ingredients for crust and cut in butter. Mix in egg yolks until mixture is crumbly. Press 1/2 of this mixture in the bottom of a 10″x15″ jelly roll pan. Combine filling ingredients, except egg whites. Arrange over bottom crust. Top with the other 1/2 of the crust ingredients (crumbled) Brush with egg whites. Bake 30 minutes @ 350, 40 minutes for a 9×13 pan.

  5. kim @ mommyknows :

    I want those apples! YUM :)

    I’m afraid I’m very predictable and use apples mostly for apple crisp, and the bulk for apple sauce. I am sure you have both of those recipes.

  6. Anne :

    Is there anything you can’t do with apples? I am jealous. The only thing edible in my yard is rosemary and oregano. If Y2K had turned out to be a big deal, I would have had to eat bugs.
    On that note, here’s my “recipe” contribution:
    Diced apples + chopped celery + walnuts + dried cranberries + mayo. Add cooked diced chicken breast if you’re feeling hungry. That should take care of about 3 of those apples for ya.

  7. Chris :

    Crock Pot Apple Butter

    All measurements are approximate
    4lbs apples cored and sliced, but not peeled
    (or 9 quarts applesause)
    2 Tablespoons cinnamon
    1tsp cloves
    1tsp nutmeg
    1/2 tsp allspice
    4 cups sugar
    Boil apples until soft, drain water and moosh up with a hand blender or potato masher. (or just use applesauce)
    Fill the crock pot with what it will hold and add 2 cups of the sugar and the spices.
    Put crock pot on low/med heat and cook it down by putting the lid on but not tightly so that steam can eascape. depending on your crock pot and the temp you set it at you are looking at 6-8 hours. I stir mine about every hour because it can burn on the sides. (If it does burn, the burned part sticks tothe side, so dump out the good stuff, then scrape out the burned parts and keep cooking, it tastes fine)
    Save extra applesauce/boiled apples for later. If you didn’t have any, boil up about half as many apples as you did the first time to add in later. My brain isn’t what it use to be these days and my measurements are probably off.
    After you’ve reduced the amount to about half what it was add remaining apples/sauce and the rest of the sugar. Let cook about 2-3 more hours with the lid ajar.
    Use a hand mixer and mix it until it is a nice smooth texture and enjoy.

    This will make you house smell wonderful, it’s so yummy and pretty easy to just assemble and let the crock pot do most of the work, just be sure to stir it around the edges every hour or so to keep it from burning.
    I did about 20 pints of this in September – you can can it the same way you do jam. My family thinks this stuff is one of the best things I make each year.

  8. Jen McDonald :

    Hmmm…so many great ideas already! If you need a fabulous apple pie recipe I’m your gal. I also have a great recipe for Pumpkin Apple spice streusel muffins. They are really good, but don’t use a ton of apples.

    You can always give away some apples too. Plus, the great thing about apples is that they keep for awhile as long as you keep them cool and don’t let them freeze. Hey, I bet you could freeze some diced apples to use in the winter for yummy desserts too! Good luck finding creative ways to use them up or store them!

  9. Marianne Firth :

    Surely you can, right? My friend (Um, ya- I don’t can.) uses her peeler, corer cutter thingy to get them all ready, then pops them in a jar with a bit of simple syrup and cinnamon to make apple pie filling. They make awesome gifts, I should know- she’s given them to me in the past and I wish for more each year. These are great because you can pop them in a pan, cover with cobbler toppings or apple crisp toppings and cook. You can also use them in pies of course, cakes (drained) or throw the whole bit in a blender for applesauce.
    Here is a link to a good version. She makes hers pretty simple- no cornstarch and no other spices other than sugar and cinnamon. Good luck. Blog your results!

  10. Marisa :

    I have lots of apple recipes! I was going to put some links here, but your comments are NoFollow. :(

    I’ll email them to you. Anyone else interested can go to my blog and search “apple” and “apple cake.”

  11. Leadia Jarvis/The Breeder's Digest :

    Oh – and I also got a great caramel apple topping recipe from Azucar’s blog a while back…she puts it on her equally fabulous Yeasted Waffles. This is a meal I make at least 2x’s a month!

  12. Lu :

    Fried Apple Pies


    * 2 tablespoons butter
    * 4 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced, or 1 can apple pie filling
    * 1/2 cup sugar
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    * 1 (8-piece) container refrigerated flaky biscuit dough
    * 2 tablespoons water
    * Powdered sugar


    Filling: Add the butter to a large saute pan and melt. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

    When the filling is cool, roll the biscuits out on a lightly floured surface so that each biscuit forms a 7 to 8-inch circle. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling on each biscuit circle. Brush the edges of the circle with water. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork.

    Preheat deep-fryer with oil to 350 degrees F.

    Carefully add the pies to the oil, 1 at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as necessary for even browning, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar immediately.

  13. Ali :

    i have several recipes that use apples for curries and several varieties of chutneys that are super yummy with chicken and pork. i’ll gladly send them if you are interested!

  14. The Healthy Apple :

    Apple n’ Beet Hummus

    Here’s a tasty spin on the classic hummus platter…I opted to toss in fresh apples and beets for a sweet flavor without the added sugar. Beets are a wonderful source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese…This beautiful Apple n’ Beet Hummus is incredibly tasty and pairs well as a dip for crudites, fruits or crackers as well as an amazing spread on sandwiches and bagels.


    * 5 large beets, scrubbed, cooked and cubed
    * 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled, cored and sliced
    * 2 apples, peeled and chopped
    * 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
    * 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
    * 2 small cloves garlic, minced
    * 1/4 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
    * 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
    * Pinch of sea salt and pepper


    * Combine all ingredients in a food processor; pulse until smooth.
    * Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy with gluten free crackers, pretzels and crudites.
    * Enjoy!

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    Thank you; have a great day!