By Renee Kohley, contributing writer
Apple season is my favorite way to transition into fall.
We are literally surrounded by orchards to pick from, and always feel so blessed to bring home haul after haul, picking 2-3 times during the month of October.
I always end up breaking up our apple picking in shifts. It gives me time to plow through whatever needs to be done with them. I am still nursing a baby along with 2 other little ones, so my time in the kitchen needs to be efficient!
I don’t do much more than give them a quick wash in some vinegar and baking soda before tending to them. Very simple!
My first bushel or 2 go into simple baked applesauce. One of my favorite things in the world is pulling out fresh applesauce in the middle of February with our lunch! I am all about simple too – no peeling – just down into the big oven roaster and use the immersion blender right down into the pan when they are done cooking!
We obviously eat a bunch of them fresh, and I love to treat my family to an apple pie as well. There are so many baking ideas to use your apples, and one of my favorites is to double or triple batch apple breakfast bars with them!
Whether you can walk outside your back door and pick them right off your tree, live somewhere that offers U-Pick orchards (check THIS website to find places near you!), or can find amazing pricing on bushels at the farmer’s market, you really can have a lot of fun with your haul!
Here are some ideas to get you going!
PIES, CRISPS, COBBLERS, & CRUMBLES ::
Apple Pie from Raising Generation Nourished
Award Winning Apple Pie from The Provision Room
Healthy Apple Crisp from Red & Honey
Best Apple Crisp from Wellness & Workouts
Apple Cranberry Crumble from Wellness & Workouts
Apple Crisp from Natural Fertility & Wellness
Apple Pecan Cobbler from Real Food Outlaws
Apple Crisp with Soaked Oats Topping from Recipes To Nourish
Rhubarb Apple Pie from Raia’s Recipes
Rhubarb Apple Crisp from Raia’s Recipes
Caramel Apple Pie from Raia’s Recipes
Honey Apple Pie from Raia’s Recipes
Honey Walnut Apple Crisp from Raia’s Recipes
15 Minute Apple Pie A La Mode from The Organic Kitchen
Apple Pie Pops from The Organic Kitchen
Cranberry Apple Pie with Maple Syrup & Cinnamon from Common Sense Home
Deep Dish Apple Pie with Fennel & Ginger from Delicious Obsessions
Buttermilk Apple Hand Pies from So Let’s Hang Out
Apple & Pear Crisp from So Let’s Hang Out
Apple Cobbler with Blueberries from A Quaint Cottage
Apple Crisp from The Humbled Homemaker
Dutch Apple Pie from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Apple Crisp from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
OTHER BAKED GOODS & DESSERT IDEAS ::
Apple Cinnamon Muffin In A Mug from Simply Healthy Home
Sugar Free Baked Apples from Nearly Natural Momma
Gourmet Caramel Apples from Whole New Mom
Apple Pie Bean Fudge from Hybrid Rasta Mama
Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins from Naturally Loriel
Apple Cinnamon Scones from Naturally Loriel
Glazed Apple Cookies from Reformation Acres
Sugar Free Baked Apples from Keep The Beet
Apple Hill Cake from Dr.… [Continue Reading]