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Apple Recipes You Will Love

On this page, I am sharing some of my favorite apple recipes that I know you will love. It is fall and time for apple picking and buying. When we lived up North, we would buy apples from local farms by the bushel and they would last all winter. So good fresh off the tree. Then when we moved to Texas, we found that apples in these orchards ripen in July and August and, of course, because of the heat here, they have different apple varieties.

Now we have some apple trees of our own. They actually produced this year for the first time. My delicious apple pie recipe is on another page. The rest of my apple recipes are below.

Our very first apple in summer of 2022! Isn't it so adorable?Our very first apple in summer of 2022! Isn't it so adorable?

Apple Recipe #1 - Baked Apples

Who doesn't love fresh apples? I slice them and eat plain or with caramel dip or nut butter. But sometimes, especially in the fall, you want a warm dessert and you don't feel like peeling apples and making pie crust, right? Just make baked apples.

Here is how:

Preheat your oven to 375°. Wash and core however many apples you need. For this recipe, we will be baking four apples so adjust as necessary. Do not peel the apples. Grease or spray a baking pan and place the apples in upright. Add 3/4 cup of water to the pan.

In a bowl, combine 4 tablespoons softened butter, a half cup packed brown sugar, one teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Divide and roll into 4 logs and put a log inside the cored area of each apple.

Bake for 1 hour. Serve with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla. So good!

Our very first apple harvest on July 2, 2022. I was so excited!Our very first apple harvest on July 2, 2022. I was so excited!

Apple Recipe #2 - Millies Applesauce Cake

My grandmother, Millie Pitcher, could really bake delicious cakes from scratch. This is one of her best ever cakes. It is perfect for any occasion, including holiday celebrations.

You will need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 farm fresh egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups homemade applesauce or one 16 ounce can of applesauce
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cups seeded raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans (The original recipe calls for walnuts but I live in Texas and we love our pecans here!)

Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease and flour a tube (Bundt) pan.

Cream the shortening and then add sugar. Beat until light. Add the egg, vanilla, and applesauce and beat. Then sift your flour and add to the mixture along with salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until smooth and fold in the raisins and nuts.

Pour batter in pan. Bake for about 60 minutes until done. Wait about ten minutes or so to cool and then flip upside down on a plate.


Apple Recipe #3 - Great Grandma's Apple Cake

This recipe came from my great grandmother, Millie Pitcher's stepmother. Millie's mother died right after she gave birth to twin girls. My grandmother Millie was one of the babies. My great grandfather soon remarried and she learned how to cook and bake very delicious food with her stepmother.

For this cake, you will need:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar (but only if the applesauce is unsweetened. If it is sweetened, do not add this sugar)

Preheat your oven to 350° and grease and flour a nine inch square baking pan.

Sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt.

Cream the shortening and sugar (if you are using sugar) together in a large bowl. Add applesauce to it. Add dry ingredients to this bowl.

Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean.


Apple Recipe #4 - Easy Applecake

You will need:

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 farm fresh large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1-1/4 cups whipped topping

Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 13 by 9 inch glass baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.

Add to the sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the chopped apples and nuts.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool before serving. Enjoy with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Apple Recipe #5 - Applesauce

I have made applesauce before. It is not hard but it is time consuming.

You will need:

  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until apples are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Mash the apples with a fork or a potato masher until it is the perfect applesauce consistency. Pour into a mason jar and refrigerate. This is good for snacks and also for a dinner with pork chops and rice, served hot. You may want to double the recipe because it is a lot of bother but it will taste better than the  canned applesauce.


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