When the crisp autumn air rolls in, that can only mean one thing—it’s apple picking season! Our baskets are bursting with fall’s favorite fruit, which we’re adding to dishes of all sorts. From a reimagined apple cake to a savory soup, check out the myriad of ways we’re making the most of autumn’s favorite fruit.
Our sunken apple cake will make great use of your bushel of apples after a trip to an orchard. Inspired by a traditional German versunkener apfelkuchen, the apples are baked until they are tender and sweet while the buttery cake rises around them. Brush them with maple-bourbon glaze and top with vanilla ice cream!
These easy skillet pork chops from The Kitchn are anything but dry and flavorless. Thanks to a quick brine that infuses them with sweet apple, they’re tender and juicy
Your basic baked apples get an awesome upgrade with this autumnal dessert from the Food Network. The apples are hollowed and then stuffed with a cheesecake-like filling and topped with caramel sauce, buttery graham cracker crumbs and walnuts.
This one-skillet Goodtaste recipe combines seared sausages and tender sweet apples with crisp bitter greens and toasty walnut vinaigrette. It’s unexpected, but all fuses together for a satisfying fall meal. Sausages are one of our favorite weeknight ingredients because they come pre-seasoned, pre-portioned, and ready to cook. We used a spicy lamb merguez here, but you can also try this recipe with sweet Italian pork sausage, bratwurst, or even a fresh chicken sausage.
Here at Goodtaste, cinnamon rolls are our favorite way to secretly eat dessert for breakfast. In this seasonal spin on the classic, we layer the pillowy rolls with store-bought (or homemade!) apple butter, toasted pecans and cinnamon sugar. It’s the ultimate fall bite! Bonus: The cinnamon rolls can be assembled the night before, so all you have to do is pop them in the oven in time for breakfast the next morning.
This lightly spiced apple cake from King Arthur is the perfect sweet treat with a cup of afternoon tea. The brown sugar-butter icing is good enough to eat on its own, though in all honesty, the cake is equally delicious without.
Apple and cheese are one of our favorite flavor combinations of fall, and we especially love the combo mixed with butternut squash in this autumnal soup recipe from Halfbaked Harvest. The trick is to caramelize the apples, which helps intensify their flavor (and sweetness) before adding in the remaining ingredients. Just don’t skip the cheese.
If you love a good doughnut, just wait until you try these fresh apple fritters from I Am Baker. Use the tartest apples you can find (Granny Smith works nicely here) to balance out the sweetness of the fritter. Also, don’t let a fear of frying take over—keep an eye on your oil temperature (not too hot or too cool) and you’ll be just fine.
Easy quick breads are some of our favorite treats to bake, and come fall, this recipe from Julie Blanner enters our regular rotation. Her recipe yields enough batter for four mini loaves, which are perfect for sharing, or for freezing to unwrap later.
We love the simplicity of these oat bars from My Kids Lick the Bowl. With just a handful of ingredients (pantry staples, at that), a cup of fresh apple puree, and a quick 30-minutes in the oven, you’ve got all the flavors of fall packed into one super-portable snack.