We all know that the best apple picking months are generally September and October, right? But the real question is what are you going to do with all those apples you just spent 2 hours with the family picking? I’ve got you covered.
I’m not one to just sit down and eat an apple. Sometimes I have to get a little creative with them. We love to pick them and love to spend the day at the orchard as a family partaking in all the fun activities and basking in the Fall weather. Then you come home… with a TON of apples. Here are my two go to apple recipes to help with those extra apples you may have lying around!
The first is an apple crisp recipe. This is so simple to do and its quick too so you aren’t spending all day in the kitchen preparing it. The best thing about it, though, is that it tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen preparing it! It’s a win-win. Serve warm with some ice cream, or just a nice big bowl all on its own!
8 Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I like Granny Smith)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon AP flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup AP flour
1 cup quick cook oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
1 stick salted butter – melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease your 9×13 glass baking dish with butter.
Arrange apple slices in the dish, in an even layer on the bottom. In a side bowl, combine the apple mixture (granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt) and then sprinkle over the apples. Pour ½ cup water over the top.
For the topping, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Drizzle in the melted butter while stirring. Sprinkle that over the apples in an even layer.
Bake until the topping is golden brown, 40-45 minutes. You can serve warm, or at room temp…. I like to add vanilla ice cream!
Next is a little something for the mamas!!! An Apple Sangria! A sweet, caramel flavor to it with some freshly picked apples thrown in? SIGN ME UP! Now, I use a Riesling for this recipe mainly because I like a little sweeter, less dry wine but whatever you like to drink normally, will taste great with this! Again, it is really simple and quick… so you can be curled up in the cool Fall weather in no time!
1 bottle Riesling
1 cup caramel Vodka
6 cups apple cider (hint – buy it at the apple orchard where you picked the apples)
2-3 medium apples cut into pieces
Add ingredients in large pitcher, stir, and serve over ice.