Apples are in season from September all the way through January in some areas, but you can always find an abundance of apples at your grocery store. They are great to eat raw at lunchtime or for a snack but they also make the best desserts ever.
Apple pie is one of America’s favorite desserts and well it should be. It is delicious and there are many different ways to prepare it from the old fashion easy way, to making Dutch apple pie with the crumbly crunchy top to adding nuts and caramel to five an old recipe new life. Apple dumplings are an old recipe made by many of our ancestors. Apple dumplings are made by wrapping an apple inside pastry giving it the idea of apple pie but still being a little different. Baked apples are another old recipe of baking an apple in a syrup. They are so good your family will ask for it over and over. Other recipes for desserts using apples are apple squares, apple crisp, apple strudel, apple cake and many more.
The following are just a few of the recipes you can find of apple desserts.
Old Fashion Apple Pie
- 10 apples, peeled and sliced (Use Jonathan, McIntosh or other cooking apples)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon candied ginger, chopped fine
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 double pie crust
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a bowl place sliced, peeled apples.
- Add the sugar, spices and flour and toss to mix well.
- Place into pie plate that has been covered with unbaked pie crust. Make sure to mound up the middle a little so it is higher in the middle than at the ends.
- Dot with the butter all over.
- Place top crust on top and flute edges of pie. Cut some vents in the top crust to let steam escape.
- Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes or until crust is brown and apples are bubbly. If the edges start to get too brown cover just the edges with rolled up tin foil.
Old Fashion Apple Dumplings
These are sweet and delicious and will make everyone want more.
- 1 double crust pie pastry (you can get the kind in refrigerator section of grocery store)
- 6 large cooking apples (Granny Smith, McIntosh, Jonathan) peeled and cored but not sliced.
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 9 x 13 pan with non stick spray.
- Either make your own double crust recipe or use some already made from the grocery. You will have to roll even the purchased crust into a rectangle measuring about 24 x 16 inches. (Just squish both crusts together and re roll out on floured surface).
- Cut the pastry into 6 squares. Separate the butter into 8 equal pieces.
- Save two pieces of butter for later and place the other 6 inside where the core would be for each dumpling.
- Divide ½ cup of the brown sugar into 6 portions and poke it down inside the core with the butter.
- Place the other ¼ cup of brown sugar in the bottom of the pan under the apples.
- In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and sprinkle over the top of each apple.
- Place an apple in the middle of a square.
- Slightly wet fingertips and bring one cover of the square up toward the top of the apple then bring the opposite corner up and squeeze them together. Do the same with the other two corners and seal tightly. Pinch down down the sides so that apple is completely sealed inside. Repeat with other 5 apples and place evenly in the pan.
- In a medium saucepan combine the water, granulated sugar and vanilla with the butter that was set aside. Bring to boil over medium heat and boil for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
- Carefully pour this mixture over the dumplings.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the dough is brown and it smells delicious.
- You can serve in a bowl spooning some of the sauce over top. Serve with ice cream if you desire.
Cinnamon Baked Apples
These apples are spicy and unusual because no one makes them anymore. Be the first to resurrect this really old recipe.
- 4 large cooking apples
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon candies (sometimes called cinnamon hearts or red hots)
- ½ cup apple juice or apple cider
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon candies
- Core the apples but do not cut through to the bottom.
- Peel a 1 inch strip of skin near the top of the apple and near the bottom so that the skin is still in tact in the middle. You may have to cut a slice from the bottom of the apple so it will sit in 8 or 9 inch square baking pan.
- Spray non stick spray in the pan then arrange apples in the dish.
- Place 1 teaspoon each of the brown sugar in each apple where the core was.
- Divide the butter into 4 equal amounts and place one per apple into the core with the brown sugar.
- Insert 1 teaspoon of candies in the same place.
- In a medium sauce pan bring the apple juice of cider to boil and add the 1 tablespoon candies.
- Simmer until candies melt.
- Pour into pan with the apples and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until apples become tender.
- Serve in bowls with whipped cream.
Use those apples while they are in season and these apple recipes may be old fashioned but they are as delicious as ever.