You’ve spent a crisp fall afternoon apple picking, and now you need ideas for using up all that fruit (there’s only so many apple pies a person can bake). We’ve got you covered with everything from savory apple breads to interesting twists on a classic apple twist.
1. Apple Fritters
Choose a sweet-tart apple variety for this fritter recipe, which transforms fresh apples into a sweet donut shop classic. The pieces of apple are coated in a basic yeast donut batter and then fried. Top it all off with a maple syrup glaze. One bite and you’ll feel like you’re on a fall trip to Vermont. Get our Apple Fritters recipe.
2. Cheddar and Apple Quick Bread
Cheddar and apples were destined to get together in your kitchen, and bread is the perfect medium. This simple quick bread is easy to whisk together and bakes up into a moist, tender crumb with pockets of gooey cheese and sweet fruit. Get our Cheddar and Apple Quick Bread recipe.
3. Dutch Apple Pie
Reconsider the classic apple pie this fall. Our new favorite is this single crust pie with its additive and crumbly walnut streusel topping. Golden raisins and a touch of cider vinegar make the filling anything but basic. Get our Dutch Apple Pie recipe.
4. Apple and Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese
For any baker intimidated by frosting and decorating cakes, this recipe is for you. Simply fill the cake layers with a tangy mascarpone frosting and fresh berries, and don’t even worry about frosting the sides. It’s rustic-looking in the very best way. Get our Apple and Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese recipe.
5. Tangy Apple and Beet Salad
Salads can feel boring pretty quickly, so mix up the routine with seasonal ingredients. In this recipe, a tangy mustard dressing coats sturdy radicchio, roasted beets and fresh apple. Crumbled blue cheese gives the salad enough heft to be eaten as a main dish, or pair it with roast chicken for a heartier dinner. Get our Tangy Apple and Beet Salad recipe.
6. Mulled Apple Cider
Why eat your fruit when you can drink it? Nothing says fall quite like a warm mug of mulled cider. This version has a spicy kick from black pepper, plus plenty of warming spice in the form of star anise, cinnamon, and fresh ginger. Make an extra-large batch for a party and your kitchen will be perfumed with fall aromas. Get our Mulled Apple Cider recipe.
7. Grilled Coconut-Apple Crisp
Apple crisp conjures up images of fall in New England and cozy hearths with a glowing fireplace. This is not that apple crisp! This recipe takes you to the tropics with a hit of ginger and a sweetened coconut topping. It’s the perfect way to transport yourself from the cold to a warm beaches. Get our Grilled Coconut-Apple Crisp recipe.
Header image: Tangy Apple and Beet Salad from Chowhound
Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.