Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall!

October 25th, 2017
Location  •   Old Cider Mill, Connecticut
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Everyone can agree that once October hits, you’ll see New Englander after New Englander tying up their L.L Bean Duck Boots to head out to one of our many plentiful apple orchards. To be honest, it’s by far my favorite way to celebrate fall, and let’s all admit publishing an apple orchard Instagram is a way of passage when it comes to celebrating fall. 
 
I think we all have such lovely memories around this time of year, and since my family works with farmers often, I love getting the chance to support and explore the local orchards. Oh, and if you’re stumped on where to apple picking this fall, check out this post where I list my favorite orchards to visit. 
 
Anyway, really it’s all fun and games until I’m left with adorable pictures along with baskets of apple and nothing to do with them. I use to just hand them out or even better feed them to any horse I could find, but as of this year, I’ve gotten more eager to test out my skills in the kitchen. Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
 
Today, I’m sharing five ways to eat the apples you pick this fall. I’ll admit this post took me out of my comfort zone and awhile to throw together, so I really hope this inspires you to try something new. In order to keep this post from getting too lengthy, I’m just going to jump right in and my favorite ways to embrace this crisp fall fruit. 
 
 
five ways to eat the apples you pick this fall.
 
1) Apple turnovers
 

Apple Turnovers
Bring the smells and tastes of autumn into your home, with these fluffy apple turnovers.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 apples
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoon butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 sheet puff pastry
Instructions
  1. Let's start by preheating the oven to to 400ºF.
  2. Okay, cut the apples into slices and cut each slice into quarters. Next, place the apples, cinnamon, butter, and sugar in a pot and simmer until the apples are soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes.
  3. Now that you're house smells autumnal, let's get the puff pastry read by cut the them into squares and lightly placing them on parchment paper. Next, dab the edge of the puff pastry with the egg wash.
  4. Now for the fun part, fill the middle of the puff pastry and fold over. Use a fork or spoon to seal the pastry and give it a light coat with egg wash. Before popping the turnovers in the oven make a thin slice on top of the pastry.
  5. Finally bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, Enjoy!
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2) Apple, Celery and Onion Stuffing:
 
 
Apple, Celery and Onion Stuffing
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Total Time
50 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick butter, divided
  2. 5 to 6 ribs celery from the heart, about 2 cups, chopped
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 2 large crisp apples, such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Macoun, left unpeeled and diced
  5. 2 large fresh bay leaves
  6. 1/2 cup loosely packed herbs such as fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, finely chopped
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 6 cups homemade croutons of stale bread or 1 bag stuffing cubes, sage and onion or traditional Pepperidge Farm brand
  9. 1 tablespoon Bell’s ground poultry seasoning
  10. 1 quart chicken or turkey stock
Instructions
  1. To start let's preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Next, melt 6 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter foams, add the celery, onion, apples, bay, herbs, salt and pepper, and cook to soften 10-12 minutes.
  3. Next, add cubed bread, season with Bell’s and moisten with stock; stir to absorb. Butter a casserole dish with 1/2 tablespoon of the remaining butter and fill pan with stuffing. Use the rest of the butter to dot top.
  4. Now it's time to put the stuffing in the oven, let's roast the stuffing 30-40 minutes until crispy at the edges. Enjoy on a damp New England fall night.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Adapted from Rachael Ray
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3)  APPLE CRANBERRY MUFFINS RECIPE:
 

Apple Cranberry Muffins
Serves 18
Fall is the perfect time to have friends and family visit from all over. As soon as the suitcases arrive, I have a plate of these apple cranberry muffins warm and ready.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  9. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  12. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 1 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  15. 1 cup dried cranberries
TOPPING
  1. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tablespoons cold butter
Instructions
  1. Let's start by grabbing a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Next simply, fold in apple and cranberries.
  2. Next, line your muffin tin with paper liners and fill each muffin two-thirds full with batter.
  3. For the topping, combine brown sugar and flour. Make sure to cut in butter until mixture resembles hard crumbs, then simply sprinkle the topping over the batter filled muffin tins.
  4. Now pop it in the oven and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes. Let those hot muffins, cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks and let guests enjoy.
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Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
 
4) Apple Fritters:
Apple Fritters
Serves 30
My mother and I are huge fans of Ree Drummond, so when I turned on her show the other day to see these apple fritters, I knew I had to give it a go.
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 3/4 cup whole milk
  9. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into small dice
  12. Powdered sugar, for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. Heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat until the oil registers 340 degrees F.
  2. Now let's start baking, in a mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork, then add the milk, melted butter and vanilla.
  4. Next, Gently fold the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined (she stressed NOT to over-mix). Fold in the apples, adding enough to make a very chunky batter.
  5. Now that the mixture is done, it's time to fry these fritters. Drop a heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil, 6 to 8 at a time. Fry until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  6. Finally remove and drain on paper towels. Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve warm with hot apple cider, on a crisp fall morning.
Adapted from Ree Drummond
Adapted from Ree Drummond
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 5) Mom’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp: 

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
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Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 pounds McIntosh apples
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar (decrease sugar if apples are sweet)
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
TOPPING
  1. 1 heaping tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  2. 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 cup oatmeal
  5. 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
Instructions
  1. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next up, butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch baking dish, so your apples don't stick to the bottom of the dish.
  2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the juices, sugar, and spices and pour directly into the dish.
  3. Next, to make the topping, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon until well mixed. Once mixed sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the dish before sticking it straight into the oven for one hour.
  4. Once you see the top is brown and the apples are bubbly, pull the dish out of the oven. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to guests and neighbors.
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Whether you have out-of-state friend’s visiting your charming New England town and want to bake up a treat or just want to bring the scents of autumn into your cozy home; I hope these recipes inspire you to put those apples you picked to work.

I’d love to hear what your favorite apple themed treats and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel here, we have a lot of exciting holiday videos coming soon. xx Aubrey 

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