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Recipes - how to make exceptionally great apples even better!

Apple Crisp

  • 10 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup flour or almond meal (for gluten sensitive)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Applesauce Donuts

  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tablespoons of shortening
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 3 cups of flour
  • Extra sugar for coating donuts

Sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Beat egg and add to sugar and shortening until well blended. Beat in applesauce. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk. Turn onto floured board. Roll gently about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out with doughnut cutter. Drop into hot oil (vegetable or canola oil) 375 degrees until golden brown. Drain on paper toweling. Roll doughnuts in sugar. Makes 2 dozen donuts.

Pork Ribs with Applesauce and Sauerkraut

  • 4 pounds of pork ribs
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 2 cups of chopped onion
  • 3 tart apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 can of sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds
  • ¾ cup of apple cider
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of Tabasco sauce

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and place on rack in large roasting pan with far side down. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove ribs and drain fat. Remove rack and place ribs back into roasting pan. In large frying pan melt butter and add apples and onions. Stir onions and apples until soft. Place apple and onion mixture on top of ribs. Combine sauerkraut, caraway seeds, apple cider, brown sugar and Tabasco sauce. Place sauerkraut mixture on top of apple mixture. Cover the roasting pan. Bake at 350 degrees until ribs are tender, about another hour.

Butternut and Apple Casserole

  • 3 cups of butternut squash cut in small cubes
  • 3 cups of apples cored and cut in large slices
  • ¼ to ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 to 3 Tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper

Use a deep casserole dish and spray with a non-stick spray. Alternate a layer of squash with a layer of apples, add brown sugar and cubes of butter after apples. This should make 2 layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until butternut squash is fork tender.

Apple Fritters

  • 3 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 apples, grated
  • Milk
  • Maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together. When dough is about the same consistency as a donut mixture, drop into a deep fryer at 300 degrees for 3 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.

Apple Strudel

  • 1 sheet of pie dough
  • ¼ cup of butter, cubed
  • 3 apples, pared and sliced
  • ¼ to ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ ounces of sliced almonds or finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Roll out sheet of pie dough in a rectangular shape 10” x 6”. Place cubed butter on pie dough. Place apples slices on top of the butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top of apples. Place almonds or walnuts on top of the brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll length wise very slowly and place on a greased or non-stick spray cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and slice and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Butter

  • 12-14 apples peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 1/4 quarts of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of ginger

Cook apples in boiling water until soft. Put apples into food processor (sieve). Add sugar into ½ of apple mixture. Boil cider and add apple-sugar mixture. Add spices. Cook until mixture thickens. Put into canning jars. Yields 4 pints.

Apple Cinnamon Bread

  • 2 cups of apples, peeled and chopped finely
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder

Chop apples finely and draw any juice. Beat apples with eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Combine spices, flour, baking soda, and powder, and blend with the apple mixture. Bake in two greased and flour bread tins at 325 degrees for an hour or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Afternoon Apple Snack

  • 1 Cortland or Granny Smith apple sliced into quarters
  • Peanut Butter or cut up Cheddar cheese

Spread Peanut Butter on apple slice or add a wedge of cheese with the apple. Great for kids when they come home from school

Apple Salad

  • 3 Sweet apples (Red or Golden Delicious, Cortland or Granny Smith)
  • ½ cup of celery, chopped
  • ½ cup of seedless red grapes, halved
  • ½ cup of walnuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of whipping cream (optional)

Dice apples, mix with next three ingredients. Mix mayonnaise, sugar and lemon juice. Mix apple mixture with the mayonnaise mixture. Serve in individual bowls approximately 6 servings. If using as a dessert, place a dollop of whip cream on top of apple salad then sprinkle with nutmeg.

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

  • 4 double-thick pork chops (butcher can cut them with a pocket for apple stuffing)
  • 3 cups of corn bread or muffins cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries (optional)
  • Apple juice or Apple cider
  • 2 apples diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Make pockets in the double pork chops (Butcher can do it for you). Combine corn bread (muffin), walnuts and cranberries (optional), and diced apples. Add enough juice or cider to moisten stuffing to bind it together. Stuff the pork chops with the stuffing mixture. Place pork chops in baking dish with the stuffing side up. Add a small amount of juice or cider at bottom of pan so the pork chops won’t dry up. Cover baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes than uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Apple Pie

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Apples - peeled, cored and sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Apple Dumplings

  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 2 cups of flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of shortening
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 6 medium apples, peeled and cored (keep whole)
  • Extra cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar sprinkled on apples

Combine sugar, spices and water and bring to boil. Remove from heat, add butter.
Sift flour and salt together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Add milk all at once and stir until flour mixture is moistened. On lightly floured surface
Roll dough to about ¼ inch of thickness into an 18” x 12” rectangle. Cut into 6 inch
squares. Place whole apple in each square. Sprinkle each apple generously with extra
cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Place a bit of butter into core of apple. Moisten edges of
squares with water, fold in corners to the center of apple and pinch edges together. Place
one inch apart on ungreased baking pan. Pour sugar mixture over the dumplings, sprinkle
with sugar on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until apples are done. Serve
with home made whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples

  • 2 Acorn squashes
  • 2 medium apples
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ of a stick of butter or margarine
  • Maple syrup

Slice acorn squashes in half, clean out seeds with a spoon. Core and skin apples, dice the
apples. Mix together brown sugar and diced apples. Cube the butter and add to the
brown sugar and apples and mix. Place apple mixture into the center of each half of
acorn squashes. Place the acorn squashes into a baking pan. Pour a ¼ inch of water into
the pan. Place the acorn halves into baking pan, shell side touching the water. Drizzle
maple syrup on top of the acorn squash and apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45
minutes and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Apple Canapes

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of sherry
  • ½ apple finely diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • Caraway seeds

Mix all the ingredients together except for caraway seeds. Roll into small balls.
Roll in caraway seeds. Makes 15 balls.

Pear and Apple Cider Breast of Chicken

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium pears, peeled
  • 2 ounces of Brie cheese
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of applejack (optional can use apple cider)
  • Flour with salt and pepper for coating the chicken

Poach pears for 10 minutes in apple cider in a saucepan. Coat the chicken breasts
with flour mixture. Brown chicken in skillet with canola oil. After chicken is browned
and cooked place the Brie cheese on top of chicken and cover for the cheese to melt. Take
out the chicken and deglaze the pan with applejack or apple cider. Reduce heat and
simmer for one minute. Whisk in butter. Place chicken on plates. Remove pears from
cider, slice and add to sauce. Pour over the chicken and add pears for garnish. Serves 2.

Hot Apple Soup

  • 1 Quart of apple cider
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • Rind from 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice cloves
  • 1 ½ cup of maple syrup
  • ½ cup of rum
  • 1 cup of applejack
  • 8 spiced apple rings, for garnish

Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil. When boiling, add rum and applejack.
Serve hot with spiced apple rings. Serves 8.


  • 1 pie shell
  • 4 cups of apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 4 cups of pears, ripe, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour


  • ¾ cup of all purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 5 Tablespoons of unsalted butter cut into ¼ inch cubes

Mix apples, pears, granulated sugar, lemon juice, ginger and nutmeg together in large mixing bowl. Add flour to the apple and pear mixture and mix well. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. After 35 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Add the crumb topping at this time. Bake for another 30 minutes. Crumb Topping: mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt into a food processor and pulse. Add butter and pulse again till it resembles fine crumbs.


  • 9 Chicken breasts or chicken legs
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together except for the chicken. Heat in a saucepan until a slow boil. Bake chicken for 45 minutes at 325 degrees. After the 45 minutes pour the sauce over the chicken and cook for another 15 minutes.


  • 2 quarts of apple cider
  • 1 quart of cranberry juice
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Heat juices in a large saucepan, add the spices and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot. Great on a cool fall day.


  • 1 large package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large Cortland apple, cored and chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoons of orange zest
  • 1 large seedless orange, peeled and chopped finely

Put water and sugar into a large saucepan and boil to make a simple syrup. When the simple syrup is ready add the fresh cranberries to cook for 2 minutes, add the apples, oranges and orange zest. Stir for 5 minutes until cranberries are cooked (they will pop as they cook). Cool and pour into a tupperware container with lid and refrigerate until next day.


  • 1 pound of parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • Pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream or 3 Tablespoons of Half-n-half

Combine the vegetables and apple, seasonings and broth into a extra large saucepan and bring to a boil. Check vegetables until tender. Uncover saucepan and cook for 15 more minutes. Drain any extra broth and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the cream and mash the vegetables. For fluffier vegetables mix with an electric mixer.

Swedish Apple Pie

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 5-6 Large apples (Macs, Cortland or Rome are good). Peel, core and
    slice apples into a lightly greased 9" pie plate. Need enough apples
    to fill palte 3/4 full, higher in the middle
  • Sprinkle apples with 1 Tablespoon of sugar, 1 Teaspoon cinnamon,
    a dash of nutmeg (to your taste)
  • Mix together 8 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour,
    1 egg, dash of salt, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Pour this mixture over apples and spread down to within 1" of edge of plate Put onto a pan incase it overflows in the oven Bake 60 to 90 minutes - the longer you bake the crisper the top gets- again this is to your preference At least bake until the whole top is golden brown Cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream topping

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