October is National Apple Month…Apple Recipes freshly cooked in my kitchen.

October is National Apple Month in the US…it is also National Pumpkin Month which I have promoted more than enough as wonderful as the pumpkin is l think it is time I gave the “Apple” the spotlight…

Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???

As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and rightly so as that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre it has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????

Apples have been around since at least 6500 BC and used to be called winter bananas or melt in your mouth… Mmmmm, don’t really get that connection…

Who loved doing apple bobbing at Halloween?? Or that party game where you were blindfolded and had your hands behind your back and had to take a bite of the apple sometimes it was a doughnut…But good fun…

Still mainly picked by hand apple growing is called pomology and the apple is a member of the rose family.

The cook in me can tell you that two pounds of apples will make a 9” pie…that apples ripen 6-10 times faster kept at room temperature than if you refrigerate them.

Apples go well with many dishes and recipes I mean you cannot have roast pork without applesauce or coleslaw without apple my mum used to make wonderful pancakes with slices of apple in the batter and her apple pie was also the best ever… I am still trying to bake a pie as good as my mum’s.

Here are some of my favourite recipes using apples…Starting with coleslaw…

 

There are so many permutations of this dish and all wonderful in their own way…My version, 5 ingredients plus mayo and you have a beautiful slaw to eat with anything…

I add no sugar as carrots and apples have their own natural sweetness.

So….Lets Cook!

 Shred half a white cabbage or red or half and half.

Peel and quarter at least one apple and then slice thinly.

Grate or dice a carrot.

Put in a bowl, add some mayo,  pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of fresh lemon /lime juice.

Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge may be covered until the next day but I just make it as I want it so easy to make enough for 1 or 10.

Enjoy!

Applesauce is one of the easiest sauces to make and can be used in so many different ways.

 

To make applesauce just peel your apples add a tiny bit of water and depending on which apples you are using you can add a little sugar…I don’t…Sometimes I add some cloves, a cinnamon stick it depends…Cook until softened and then you can puree if you like a smooth sauce or just roughly mash it or leave it as it is…

Applesauce pureed is a lovely food for babies when they first start eating solids maybe mix a little with rice or porridge for them.

*You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some say to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. If all you have is sweetened applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Applesauce is also a popular healthy replacement for oil in many baked goods.

N.B I haven’t used applesauce as an egg substitute myself…Have you????

I love baked apples which is something my mum used to make filled with sultanas and baked in the oven she also used to cover the apple in suet pasty and make a suet apple pudding… All served with a bowl full of custard…I have happy childhood memories of these and although I don’t make the suet pudding we do love a baked apple like the one below and equally as lovely without the custard…

Ingredients:

• 4 large apples cored – any type except Granny smith which do not bake well
• 4 teaspoons unsalted butter cut in tiny cubes
• 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger or you could use fresh ginger very finely chopped or grated.
• ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• brown sugar to taste
• ½ cup apple cider ( I used ACV as I couldn’t get apple cider)

Let’s Cook!

Place your cored apples in an ovenproof dish. Mix the butter, walnuts and spices together and add to the centre of the apples.

Pour your apple cider into the dish to stop the apples from catching the bottom of the dish.

Bake on 350F/177C or gas mark 4 for 45 to 60 minutes depending on your apples…Baste the apples every 15 minutes.

To Serve: These can be served with custard, ice cream or a dairy-free coconut cream whip.

This was a lovely dessert and I think using Apple cider vinegar instead of cider took away the sweetness of the apple it was really nice.

What is your favourite childhood memories of eating apples????

My mum’s apple pie recipe…

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To serve: Add a squirt of cream or some lovely clotted cream if you can get it, custard, my dairy-free cream as above or a scoop of lovely Cornish ice cream.

Watching the calories then top the apple with some meringue ..very nice or add a crumble mix my recipe for crumble made separately is very nice and you could add as little as you like just a spoonful layered into a glass gives that little bit of added crunch.

 Apple and Mulberry Crumble

What else are apples used for ?? Apple juice, Apple cider vinegar Cider, Apple vinegar all of which have many health benefits and uses… Just be careful if you buy apple juice that it is not loaded with loads of sugar and other nasties which those sneaky drinks companies put in everything…Don’t get me started…lol and if it’s cider( scrumpy) moderation is the name…

I hope you have enjoyed this post on the humble little apple…x

Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as you know what I am going to say it is Free and proven to be good for your health…..

Thank you once again for reading this post  …Happy Baking! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

59 thoughts on “October is National Apple Month…Apple Recipes freshly cooked in my kitchen.

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  2. Cookbook Lady

    This post is delightful! I too feel like apples have been trumped by the pumpkin spice craze. In my catering days, I developed a coleslaw recipe that included apples and it was a favorite. Your post also helped increase my vocabulary. I have never heard, used, or read the word “permutations”. But now I understand that when I sit down to write, I have many permutations regarding how to go about it.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you for your kind words..we had coleslaw with our dinner tonight with apple we all love it…Yes I love pumpkin but also Apples and they are so versatile …:) x

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  5. D. Wallace Peach

    I recently added apples to my diet for the fiber, Carol. But apples are like heaven, and I’m not suffering this extra fiber at all! The cabbage, carrot, apple salad sounds amazing. I’m going to try it today. 🙂

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  7. Darlene

    I too love apples, even sliced with some cheese slices for a snack. My aunt makes the best apple pie!! I enjoy making a German apple coffee cake, which hubby loves. So much you can do with apples.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thanx Sally… Sounds good to me… We were making toffee apples yesterday.. Lily’s idea… They came out ok for a first attempt.. Not as easy to coat as all the videos have you believe.. Practise makes perfect as they say.. But the kids loved them xx

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Yes she has a month off school so the week has turned into 4…Yes she washed and dried the apples put the sticks in and measured the ingredients oh and tested the toffee for its setting point..the rest she watched. as you know the sugar gets really hot… But yes she now knows how toffee apples are made.. Hugs xx

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  8. lssattitudeofgratitude

    I love Fuji apples. We used to take the kids, then the grand kids to an apple community in the mountains. They had apple everything. Fresh pies, apple sauce, caramel apples, etc. Sadly, they were hit by the fires this summer. It is tragic.

    There is nothing better than homemade apple sauce with latkes. Makes me think of my grandma every time.

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  9. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I don’t really have a favourite kind of apple that I know of. Apples are just tasty. Especially when paired with rhubarb in a crumble.

    I haven’t used applesauce as an egg substitute myself, though I know several people through a couple of Facebook groups I’m a member of who have. I have used apple cider vinegar once or twice though.

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  10. tidalscribe

    I have no idea how old the apple tree in our garden is; various dead bits have been chopped off and the tree now is really an offshoot of the original, but it had abundant fruit this year. I gave lots of apples away and have plenty sliced up in the freezer. Son number one always enjoys an apple crumble when visiting as he says the rest of his family only eat puddings involving chocolate!

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  11. Sharon

    Yum visiting an apple orchard and cider brewery this weekend, planning on sampling a few of the products, including their own apple pie and some of the cider. Love the idea of apples in coleslaw.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      How lovely, Sharon..Enjoy!…Apple in coleslaw is something I have always added for years we really love it …Enjoy your day…I am envious 🙂 x

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  13. koolkosherkitchen

    What you call applesauce we call apple mousse, but it’s the same thing. And I thought I was the only one putting apples into my coleslaw, but I don’t dress it with mayo – only lemon juice and olive oil, and we call it health salad. Love your mom’s apple pie, dear Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love finding out about the different names for food around the world it fascinates me…No… Dolly apples in slaw all the way it just adds that extra zing as for mayo I use it sparingly too much drowns the crisp cabbage and fresh taste but love your idea for a dressing…My mum’s pies were the best I can never live up to her pastry ..Thank you, Dear Dolly xxxx

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