Fall is almost here. Rainy days are upon us, pumpkin spice everything has returned, and, of course, Apple Hill is open for the season!
Every year countless people flock to the orchards and return with bushels of apples. Inevitably, the question becomes, what do we do with all these apples? Truthfully, there are only so many apple pies you can make in a season. Below are three recipes to help you use all those extra apples.
Easy Apple Turnovers
One of my favorite Sunday morning rituals is making these easy, delicious apple turnovers. I buy the puff pastry, no need to make that from scratch, cook my diced apples in winter spices, and pop them in the oven just in time for football.
1 pkg frozen puff pastry – put in refrigerator 24 hours prior to use
3-4 small apples
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
1-2 tbsp granulated sugar (optional)
1 tsp fresh basil (optional)
2 tbsp water
¼ cp flour
- Preheat over to 400F
- Peel, core, and dice apples
- Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar (optional), and water to small pan and place over medium-low heat stirring to mix and then stirring occasionally until apples are soft and a syrup has formed.
- Flour rolling surface and roll out the puff pastry until ¼ inch thick. Cut puff pastry into quarters.
- Imagine a diagonal line across your puff pastry and fill on one side below that line, leaving half an inch uncovered at the edges.
- Fold over your puff pastry and crimp the edges.
- Beat one egg and 1 tbsp water together until smooth and brush egg mixture over your turnovers.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until tops are golden brown.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider
On those cold fall nights, there is nothing better to curl up with than a warm, spicy mug of apple cider. This is super simple, set and forget drink that will keep your tummy warm and your home smelling amazing all season long.
8-10 medium apples
4 cinnamon sticks
½ tbsp whole cloves
1 ½ tsp whole allspice
½ -1c brown sugar – depending on preferred level of sweetness
- Core and quarter apples (feel free to cut them small with larger apples) and add to slow cooker.
- Peel orange and separate into pieces, then place in the slow cooker
- Add cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
- Fill with water until all ingredients are covered (near the top) then stir
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours
- OPTIONAL – mash everything with a potato masher. This released the juice from the apples and orange and makes a stronger tasting cider
- Strain cider
- Add sugar to taste – pro tip, start with a little bit and taste. You can always add more
- Serve and Enjoy!
30 minutes to homemade applesauce. Not only will this recipe save you money, but you can also customize the type of sweetener, so you know what you are serving your kids. No little ones? Make ahead to add to pork chops for an easy weeknight meal.
6-8 small/medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
3 tbsp granulated sugar or your choice of sweetener
¾ cup water
½ tsp cinnamon – add more to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
- Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until apples are soft
- Cool and mash with a potato masher or pulse in food processor
We hope you have enjoyed these easy fall recipes. Please feel free to share any of your favorites with us! And remember, if you need a new kitchen to work in, I can help with that as well! Kristen Trexler 916.247.4957 firstname.lastname@example.org