On Our Plates: Apples


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So it may not feel like fall here in the South, but I (Laura) know the cooler weather is coming.  In fact, up in Pennsylvania, Amy has already seen a bright red leaf!  Even down here in Tennessee, the farmer’s markets are slowing adding butternut squash and apples to their tables, alongside the last of the tomatoes and peaches.  Labor Day has passed and it’s time to think ahead to a season of falling leaves, cozy sweaters, and some amazing food.

We’ll be taking each Friday this month to round up some great recipes that feature our favorite fall ingredients. This week we’re focusing on apples.  As with most things, the best ones will come from a local farmer’s market or you can go pick your own!  (TN residents can use this site to find an orchard near them.)

Amy’s Picks:

Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Dumplings – From Colonial Willamsburg, this recipe for apple dumplings is a great taste of PA fall.

Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich from Saveur – Here’s a (slightly) more savory recipe for apples.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream from Beyond Frosting – Like apple pie, only a cupcake, so these have got to be good.

Laura’s Picks:

Apple Pie Pancakes from Averie Cooks: I prefer my pancakes without syrup and these seem packed with enough flavor that you don’t need it.  That said, she has included a vanilla maple syrup that I am sure is also tasty.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie from The Foodie Bride: Amy’s apple pie will always be my favorite, but this falls perfectly into my current obsession with bourbon desserts.  Plus caramel.  Mmmm!

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie from The Brown Eyed Baker: Salted caramel sauce, sauteed apples, and a layer of creamy cheesecake. Wow.

And don’t forget some of our past apple recipes including:
Heirloom Apple Pie
Cranberry Apple Sangria
Spiced Cider Punch