Fall is upon us and where I'm from, that means its time to start thinking about things to make with fresh apples. I live in a very rural area and we have apple farms galore. We love going apple picking and then making wonderfully tasty treats with our bounty. Here are some of my favorite things to make with fresh apples. My mouth is just watering thinking about them!
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One of the most popular things to make with fresh apples in my house is applesauce. My son loves it, and so do I - and it's so easy to make! I just peel the apples, cut them into small chunks and let them simmer in about a cup of water that has about a tablespoon of sugar added to it. Once the apples are soft, I pass them through my food processor and put the mixture back in a pot on the stove. Put the sauce on low heat, add cinnamon sugar to taste, and voila! - homemade applesauce.
This is always a favorite, too! Making them is super simple. Just melt down some caramel candies on your stove top (but be sure to mix it so it doesn't burn). Once melted, keep the caramel on low heat, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of an apple and dip the apple into the caramel. While the caramel is still wet, we sprinkle on some toppings, like nuts and chocolate chips. Yum!
Mini Apple Pies
This is a great one. I buy a container of pre-made crescent rolls and slice an apple. I sprinkle an apple slice with cinnamon sugar, roll it into a crescent roll and rub some melted butter and a little more cinnamon sugar onto the roll. Bake it at 350 until golden brown and holy cow - what a delicious treat!
Sounds silly, but it's a cute and healthy snack that my son loves. I cut out two slices of apple and spread some peanut butter on one side of each piece. I then put some raisins and walnuts onto the peanut butter and place the two slices on top of one another to make the apples look like a silly smile.
A great dinner idea is apple kebobs. Just slice up pieces of chicken and apples and arrange them on a skewer. Marinate them in whatever sauce you like and grill them until the chicken is cooked through.
This is a favorite fall breakfast in my house. I just add some of the applesauce that I make to a batch of pancakes and blend it all together. The pancakes not only have a fantastic apple flavor, but they are super moist.
Yep, you can even fry apples. You just melt butter in a pan, toss in slices of apples and top them with a dash of salt and a few pinches of brown sugar - though you can also use cinnamon sugar. Holy tomatoes, I can't even explain how good these are, especially when placed on top of vanilla ice cream.
Well, I sure am glad that the height of the apple season is here, because now I am hungry for all of these tasty treats! Which one sounds the best to you?
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