I love the fall because of the cool crisp autumn air which always reminds me it is time for crisp fall apples. Apples are great whether you are taking a bite out of a fresh apple, baking apples, making apple nut breads or using them in a family favorite recipe.
Apples come in a host of varieties depending on how you want to use them.
When you have the urge to take a bite out an apple I would recommend Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Gala along with the classic Red Delicious.
Baking apples have a sweet-tart balanced flavor and don't breakdown like an eating apple when cooked.
Cortland, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Jonathan are good for baking. No matter what kind of apple you like, you are bound to enjoy one of these recipes using crisp fall apples.
6 apples-peeled, cored and sliced ½ cup white sugar 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground cloves ½ c. raisins ½ c. chopped walnuts ½ c. whole milk
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish, or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
Place apples in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir spice mixture into apples until evenly distributed. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Spoon into prepared dish. Pour milk evenly over apple mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until soft and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Avocado and Apple Salad
2 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced 1 large red apple - cored and diced 2 Tbsp. honey ½ c. raisins, soaked in water and drained 1 Tbsp. hulled sunflower seeds
In a medium bowl, combine the avocados, apple and raisins. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
2 lb. Granny Smith apples-peeled, cored and thinly sliced ¾ c. cranberries ¼ c. white sugar 3 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/3 c. quick-cooking oats 1/3 c. all-purpose flour ½ c. packed light brown sugar ¼ c. butter, cut into pieces ½ c. chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375°. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together apples, cranberries, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place evenly into baking dish.
In the same bowl, combine oats, flour and brown sugar. With a fork, mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.
4 ½ c. peeled, cored and sliced apples 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. water ½ c. honey 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ¾ c. brown sugar ¾ c. all-purpose flour ¾ c. rolled oats 4 Tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a medium casserole dish.
Evenly spread the apple slices in the prepared dish. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and water, pour over the apples. Drizzle apples with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.
In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, oats and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apples.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.
For more information, contact: Nancy A. Freeman, County Extension Director, Harrison County Extension Service, (228) 865-4227.