Recipe Round-Up: Apples

Apples are back! Are you as excited as I am?

I will confess this: I am already missing fresh berries and peaches. But I love clearing out the fruit drawer in September and getting ready for crisp and crunchy local apples once fall hits. Plus, this is one time of year that makes me finally get rid of the random lemons and limes hanging out in the fridge and stray berries that got left behind.

Even though there are tons of different apples that grow in our area, Nick and I have never gone apple picking. Maybe we need to do that this fall. And get some pumpkins. And actually carve them this year. And maybe just hang out and eat all our Halloween candy by ourselves with our jack-o-lanterns since I’m not sure we’ll have any trick-or-treaters at our new house.

This is why I like writing and having you guys around. You help me sort through all the random thoughts in my head and actually decide on plans! Halloween will be fun at our house: pumpkins, lots of candy, no costumes, and maybe some apples. Who’s coming over?

Where was I?

Besides eating apples plain and in oatmeal, I haven’t had many this year, but I have big plans!

I can’t wait to get baking with piles of apples again. The smells of apples and cinnamon and butter are almost better than the smell of chocolate. Apple pie baking does not equal brownies baking, but it sure does come close.

If you’re a little scared of pie dough (like I am some days), you should try these Apple Pie Bars. They were everything good about apple pie without being an actual pie. No crust to roll out, no lattice top. Just lots of apples and butter and crumbly topping.

And if quick breads are your thing, please please make this Maple Apple Walnut Bread. It takes a lot for me to like a quick bread (mostly because I mess them up the majority of the time) and this is the best quick bread I’ve ever made. PS: Make sure to save a couple of slices and make some french toast with it one morning. You won’t be sorry.

Because I know it’s officially apple season here, it’s now all I can think about.

Here’s one list I have going of apple recipes I want to try:

Apple Fritter Cakes with Warm Caramel Sauce from Lauren’s Latest

Apple Cheddar Palmiers from A Spicy Perspective

Turkey, Brie, and Apple Panini from The Novice Chef

Apple and Pear Slaw with Caramel Cider Vinaigrette from Food + Words

Jicama, Orange, and Tart Apple Salad from She’s Becoming Doughmesstic

Apple Crumb Bars from Mele Cotte

Apple Risotto with Toasted Pecans from How Sweet It Is

Baked Apples from Bell’Alimento

Apple Cinnamon Bread from Two Peas and Their Pod

Goat Cheese and Apple Tart from A Cozy Kitchen

Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast from The Sweets Life

French Apple Turnovers from Love and Olive Oil

 What’s your favorite apple recipe?

32 Responses to “Recipe Round-Up: Apples”

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    Erica — October 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Mmmm im excited to bake with apples! I saw maria put up an apple/nut butter bar recipe yesterday and i instantly book marked it!

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      I flagged that one, too :)

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    Lauren — October 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I feel the same way! We just went to an apple festival this weekend and I loaded up on a bushel of apples. Now I’ll have to get started on some of these wonderful recipes.

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — October 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Great recipe links! Just makes me want to bake with apples even more :D

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    Faith @ For the Health of It — October 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    So many to choose from – they all sound fantastic! I despise apples plain, but when they’re cooked into something, they’re the bomb!

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    Paige — October 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The apple bars!!! Yes. Need to make these.

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Do it! I need to make them again. They were incredible.

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    Chris — October 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Still eating the apples from my apple picking adventures…..love love. Nothing like freshly picked fruit.

    I can’t wait to try your bread and pie bars (once I get a working oven). :) Thanks for the link love! Miss you already!

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Miss you too! try a smaller batch in your convection ;)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — October 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Great round-up! I’ve been eating apples in my oatmeal every morning too, it is my favorite!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, all of those recipes look so great. I am bookmarking this so I can try them all!

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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — October 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for including me, Brandi! xoxo

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Well, I had to after seeing that incredible caramel sauce. yum!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — October 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Love APPLES! Thanks so much for including me xoxo

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    Biz — October 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Okay, I need to make that turkey apple brie sammie!

    You might like this one – I need to make this again soon, it has the perfect sweet/heat combination.

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2010/11/28/roasted-butternut-squash-soup-with-apple-and-curry/

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Ooh, thanks Biz! That looks great!

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    Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine — October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Fun recipe round-up! That goat cheese and apple tart sounds wonderful!

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — October 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    that caramel apple slaw sounds amazing! i def want to try that.

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    Kristy — October 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I wonder if apple with feta cheese would be good…baked…

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    What a great list! I’m honored to be included. :)

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    Megan — October 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Great round-up! I made apple turnovers, apple pie, and apple cider doughnuts this weekend. All big hits!

    • admin replied: — October 11th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      I’ve never had apple cider doughnuts. I think I need to change that.

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    Deliciously Organic — October 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    We finally got organic apples in at our market, so I can’t wait to bake away! My favorite is a good apple pie. Still trying to figure out a good grain-free adaptation for that one. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Kelly — October 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I think this has to be one of my favorites:
    http://pink-apron.com/2009/09/cauliflower-apple-puree-with-chevre/

    It’s a great side dish – kinda sweet, kinda cheesy, but mostly just delicious. I am shocked though that you’ve never been apple picking or had apple cider donuts. You should remedy that ASAP. Though if you are going to go apple picking, I would go asap. At least in my area they only had a few varieties they were still picking. (Though I was still insane and walked away with almost a bushel.)

    • admin replied: — October 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      1. I need to make that.

      2. I know. I need to go apple picking and have apple cider donuts. It’s sad that I haven’t done either.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — October 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for the link and for pointing out so many other yummy apple recipes! I absolutely love baking with apples (and really want to try your quick bread!)

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    Jess — October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Sour Cream Apple Pie!!!

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    Taylor — October 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Yum – those are some yummy looking apple recipes!! My new favorite apple recipe is Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars…they are SO good!!

    • admin replied: — October 12th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      ooh, those sound good!

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    Stacy Makes Cents — October 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Brandi, your Maple Apple Walnut Bread is awesome! :-) One of my faves.

    • admin replied: — October 12th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy! I need to make it again soon.

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