Apple Recipes for Autumn

As we head into the peak of apple season, it leaves us with bushels of apples to cook.

Since there are only so many raw apples we can cut, cook and season for snacks and lunches, we need some good recipes for all these amazing local apples we’ve harvested. From baked apples to apple pie, nothing beats homemade apple baked goods. 

So gather up those freshly picked apples and get cookin’ in your beautiful new kitchen!

Dried Apples

Dried apples are incredibly easy and make for some amazing add-ons to oatmeal, cereals, cookies and more. They are easier to store, transport and perfect for snacking on the go.

Directions:

Core 1 small apple; slice into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F until dry but still soft, 2 to 3 hours.

Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is a great choice if you have tons of apples lying around. You can also use your slow cooker for easier cooking and other fruit purees like strawberry and peach will jazz up a traditional applesauce like no other.

Directions:

Quarter 4 pounds apples. Simmer with 1 cup water, 3 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt, partially covered, until soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Pass through a food mill. Whisk in 2 tablespoons butter.

Apple Butter

If you’ve never had a bagel, biscuit or croissant with homemade apple butter, you’re missing out! This spiced apple spread is tart and sweet and makes great fillings for cakes and pastries.

Directions:

Cook 1/2 cup sugar in a large skillet until deep amber. Add 4 cups Applesauce (No. 7) and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 30 minutes.

Wine Poached Apples

If you’re getting tired of the old baked apples or apple pie, this wine-poached apple recipe is a winner every time. Serve with yogurt or even ice cream for the ultimate fall treat.

Directions:

Boil 1 bottle red wine, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1-star anise pod and 3 strips orange zest in a medium saucepan. Add 4 peeled crisp, tart apples and simmer until tender, 30 minutes. Remove the apples; strain the liquid and boil until syrupy. Serve the apples and syrup over yogurt.

Apple Bruschetta 

Apples don’t have to be sweet. This sweet and savory appetizer is perfect for the holidays and easy to whip up when you’re expecting company or even having a Halloween party.

Directions:

Cook 2 sliced onions in oil over medium heat until caramelized, 35 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons Calvados and cook until evaporated. Spread on baguette slices, top with apple slices and sprinkle with grated gruyere. Broil until the cheese melts.

Sausage & Apple Skewers

Sausage and apple are a perfect match. Whether you choose chicken or pork sausage, these skewers will always be a hit.

Directions:

Thread 1-inch chunks of apple, bratwurst and red onion on skewers; brush with oil. Grill over medium-high heat, turning, until lightly charred, 10 minutes.

The apple possibilities are endless!

Whether you’re choosing something savory or a dried snack to stir into your breakfast, freshly picked apples don’t have to always be a pie. With a few recipes up your sleeve, you’ll be able to make the most of all the amazing local apples you and your family have picked this season.



Best Apple Picking in the Hudson Valley

Apple season is officially here and we’re excited to kick off the fall fun with our friends and family.

The Hudson Valley offers some of New York’s premier apple and pumpkin picking matched with spectacular views that you can’t find anywhere else. Autumn here is so beautiful that it draws visitors from all over the country and out of the bustling city to relax and welcome the change of seasons.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite places to pick the fall’s first apples so you can map out the beginning of your autumn adventure!

Barton Orchards

As any Hudson Valley resident will tell you, Barton Orchards is a must-see destination for fall pick your own. Barton’s is arguably the largest attraction for apple and pumpkin picking, featuring a cider room, farmer’s market, hayrides and more. Weekends you can enjoy live music, hot lunch and even games for kids.

Fishkill Farms

While Fishkill Farms sticks closely to their home grown roots, they offer the Valley an incredible apple picking experience. They have sprawling orchards with tons of different apple varieties, hot and fluffy cider donuts, hayrides and a view to die for. Sample the farm’s award winning cider and soak up the first sights of the changing leaves on the hill overlooking the orchard.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

September 2nd kicks off the Wilkens Farm apple picking season in Yorktown Heights. When you check in, you can gather your bags and baskets and sign out some picking poles to reach those perfect apples way out of reach. You and your family can hop on a hayride to the orchard, making it so much easier to haul back your bushels to their farmer’s market for check out.

They also have an amazing bakery, country market and even a winery to explore on your apple adventure!

Harvest Moon Farm

Apple picking season is officially here at Harvest Moon Farm in North Salem. While they politely ask to keep your pets and picnic baskets at home, they have tons of activities to enjoy. Weekends at Harvest Moon you’ll find hayrides, food and craft vendors, bounce houses, farm animals and more. Each weekend this farm is a fall celebration with a little something for everyone.

Wherever you begin your apple adventure, there’s no shortage of incredible pick your own farms in the Hudson Valley.


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