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Food & Wine
Better Homes & Gardens 100 Best Apple Recipes

Better Homes & Gardens 100 Best Apple Recipes

Better Homes & Gardens 100 Best Apple Recipes

Calling all apple-lovers! After your annual trip to the orchard, you’ll need great ideas to put those bushels of fall beauties to work. We’ll give you every tip, idea, and recipe to get your apples to the table, including treats like pies, cakes, crisps, and breads, as well as savory dinnertime dishes, pairings with cheese, slow cooker recipes, fried sweets (think doughnuts and hand pies), and caramel apple everything. And if you want to keep your apples around until spring, try our delicious freezer applesauce and apple butter—plus dried apple chips.

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3 min.
better homes & gardens 100 best apple recipes

Editor JESSICA CHRISTENSEN Designer RAE DANNEMAN Contributing Editors HALI RAMDENE, MARY WILLIAMS Contributing Copy Editor STEVEN BLASKI Proofreader MARIA DURYEE Test Kitchen Product Supervisor COLLEEN WEEDEN Photographers JASON DONNELLY, CARSON DOWNING, JACOB FOX, BLAINE MOATS, BRIE PASSANO Food Stylists KELSEY BULAT, LAUREN KNOELKE, GREG LUNA Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH HOME Executive Editor SAMANTHA HART Group Editor ANN BLEVINS Senior Editor BRIAN KRAMER Senior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTON Staff Writer JESSICA BENNETT Design Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ Group Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUT Associate Art Director JESSICA ENO Assistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTH Senior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLER Administrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLER FOOD Executive Editor JAN MILLER Senior Editors JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN, MAGGIE GLISAN Senior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYD Design Director STEPHANIE HUNTER Assistant Art Director RAE DANNEMAN Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH Director, Meredith Test Kitchen LYNN BLANCHARD Culinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, SAMMY MILA, COLLEEN WEEDEN Senior Food Stylist GREG LUNA Food Stylists KELSEY BULAT, LAUREN KNOELKE GARDEN Senior Editor…

3 min.
meet the apples

PIÑATA Created by German researchers in the 1970s, the crisp, juicy Piñata is a cross of three heirloom favorites: Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Duchess of Oldenburg. In Europe it was known as the Pinova or Sonata apple. Growers in the United States renamed it Piñata for marketing in this country. It’s a great variety for baking, cooking, or just eating out of hand. RAVE This licensed apple is a non-GMO combo of Honeycrisp and MonArk. While the extreme juiciness and tart taste are enough of a draw, Rave also boasts being the first-to-harvest apple in Washington state, starting in late July. It’s best eaten fresh and in salads. COSMIC CRISP With a balance of sweet and tart flavors and an unbelievably juicy bite, this firm apple is the off spring of Honeycrisp and…

6 min.
apples in the a.m.

YUM, CHAI The word chai actually means tea in Hindi. But stateside, it’s short for masala chai, a black tea infused with spices—like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom—and mixed with milk. In the grocery, look for chai tea bags near other teas. CHAI-APPLE OATMEAL PREP 10 minutes COOK 30 minutes STAND 10 minutes 2 cups refrigerated coconut milk beverage2 cups brewed chai tea½ cup applesauce¼ tsp. salt1⅓ cups steel-cut oats1 cup chopped apple2 Tbsp. honey Ground cinnamon and/or toasted flaked coconut (optional) 1. In a large saucepan combine first four ingredients (through salt). Bring to boiling, watching closely as mixture may foam up. Stir in oats. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, about 30 minutes or until oats are tender and mixture is creamy, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. 2. Stir apple and honey into…

10 min.
7 ways with apple pie

APPLE-CRANBERRY GALETTE PREP 45 minutes CHILL 1 hour STAND 30 minutes BAKE 15 minutes at 425°F + 30 minutes at 350° 2 cups all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. sugar½ tsp. salt½ cup cold butter, cut up⅓ cup shortening¼ to ½ cup ice water4 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced about ¼ inch thick2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice⅔ cup sugar1 tsp. apple pie spice1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (tip, p. 83)1 egg1 Tbsp. water1 Tbsp. sugar 1. For pastry, in a large bowl combine flour, 1 Tbsp. sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the ice water over part of mixture. Toss with a fork to moisten. Continue adding water 1 Tbsp. at a time, moving moistened mixture…

9 min.
all the breads

BUTTERY SCONES Somewhere between the texture of a muffin and a biscuit is where you’ll find scones. The best scones have a tender, crumbly interior and a thin, crusty top. They’re often richer than biscuits and muffins thanks to all the butter worked into the dough. APPLE SCONES WITH SPICED MAPLE BUTTER PREP 30 minutes BAKE 15 minutes at 400°F 2¾ cups all-purpose flour½ cup granulated sugar1 Tbsp. baking powder1 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon½ tsp. salt½ cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces1 cup finely chopped tart cooking apple2 eggs, lightly beaten¾ cup heavy cream1 egg yolk, lightly beaten1 Tbsp. heavy cream1 small cooking apple, cored and thinly slicedCoarse sugar or granulated sugar1 recipe Spiced Maple Butter or honey 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line an extra-large baking sheet with parchment paper…

3 min.
apple sauce vs. apple butter

APPLESAUCE IS SMOOTH, SPOONABLE, AND STANDS ON ITS OWN AS A SNACK. SPICED APPLESAUCE Prepare as directed, except add 10 inches stick cinnamon and 1½ tsp. apple pie spice in Step 1. Simmer as directed. Discard stick cinnamon. Substitute ¾ cup packed brown sugar for granulated sugar. Stir in additional brown sugar to taste (¼ to ¾ cup). Freeze or can as directed. VERY BERRY APPLESAUCE Prepare as directed, except replace 1 lb. (4 cups) of the apples with 1 lb. (4 cups) raspberries and/or strawberries (fresh or thawed if frozen) and decrease water to 1½ cups in Step 1. Freeze or can as directed. CAN IT! Prepare as directed through Step 2. Ladle hot applesauce into hot, sterilized pint or quart canning jars, leaving a ½-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.…